(Alec Wilkinson’s article appeared in The New Yorker, 6/29.)
The radical choreographer Elizabeth Streb has grown weary of meeting people who tell her, “Oh, you’re the one who ransacks the body and runs into walls.” Streb calls her company the STREB Extreme Action Company, after her method. She calls its headquarters, in Brooklyn, the STREB Lab for Action Mechanics, and she calls her dancers action heroes. She admires various classical and modern dancers and choreographers and works, but her own dancers enact a brash and pitiless system of movement that disdains and subverts politer forms. Of herself and her company, she says, “I am a criminal, and we are a blunt instrument charging forward.”
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