Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb Vs. Gravity

Film still from Born to Fly

Join us for a screening of Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb Vs. Gravity (dir. Catherine Gund, 2014, US, 83 min.), which will be followed by a discussion with Elizabeth Streb. Born to Fly traces the evolution of Elizabeth Streb’s movement philosophy as she pushes herself and her performers from the ground to the sky. Revealing the passions behind the dancers’ bruises and broken noses, the film offers a breathtaking tale about the necessity of art, inspiring audiences hungry for a more tactile and fierce existence.

This screening is co-presented by the Office of Special Programs and held in conjunction with the Tang’s exhibition Streb Action.

Elizabeth Streb is the Skidmore Summer Dance Choreographer-in-Residence, a program organized by the Skidmore College Office of Special Programs. The event is sponsored by the New York State Council on the Arts, the Office of Special Programs and the Tang Teaching Museum.

This event is free and open to the public.

About Elizabeth Streb

Streb received the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation ‘Genius’ Award in 1997. She holds a Master of Arts in Humanities and Social Thought from New York University, a Bachelor of Science in Modern Dance from SUNY Brockport, and honorary doctorates from both SUNY Brockport and Rhode Island College. Her popular book, STREB: How to Become an Extreme Action Hero, was made into a hit documentary, Born to Fly directed by Catherine Gund (Aubin Pictures). Streb founded STREB EXTREME ACTION in 1979. In 2003, she established SLAM, the STREB Lab for Action Mechanics, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Streb has been a featured speaker presenting her keynote lectures at such places as TEDxMET, the Institute for Technology and Education (ISTE), POPTECH, the Penny Stamps Speaker Series at the University of Michigan, Chorus America, and as a Caroline Werner Gannett Project speaker in Rochester NY, among others. Streb has received numerous other awards and fellowships including the Guggenheim Fellowship in 1987 and two New York Dance and Performance Awards (Bessie Awards), in 1988 and 1999. In 2009, Streb was the Danspace Project Honoree. She served on Mayor Bloomberg’s Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission and is a member of the board of the Jerome and Camargo Foundations.

To learn more about Streb visit

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