Join us for a conversation with choreographer and performer Elizabeth Streb and visual artist Nancy Grossman, whose work is featured in the Tang survey Nancy Grossman: Tough Life Diary. Sharing similarly uncompromising artistic visions, Streb and Grossman have been in dialogue for many years about their work.
Once called the Evel Knievel of dance, Elizabeth Streb's choreography, which she calls "POPACTION," intertwines the disciplines of dance, athletics, boxing, rodeo, the circus, and Hollywood stunt-work. The result is a bristling, muscle-and-motion vocabulary that combines daring with strict precision in pursuit of public acts of "pure movement." A John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation 'Genius' Award winner, Streb holds an MA in Humanities and Social Thought from New York University, a BS in Modern Dance from SUNY Brockport, and honorary doctorates from SUNY Brockport and Rhode Island College. In 1985, she founded her own dance company STREB, which tours extensively throughout the United States and internationally; they will perform this summer as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. In 2003, Streb established S.L.A.M. (STREB Lab for Action Mechanics) in Brooklyn. S.L.A.M.'s garage doors are always open for the community to come in, watch rehearsals, take classes, and learn to fly. She is the author of STREB: How to Become an Extreme Action Hero (Feminist Press, 2010).