Far from the delicateness that one associates with dancers, the “action heroes” in Elizabeth Streb’s dance troupe are a vision of classical demigods: ripped, young, and invincible. They also represent the choreographer’s lifelong physical experimentations on “pop action”, a punishing dance form that requires an alarming amount of risk. Stemming from her early fascination with pain and endurance, Streb has spent decades testing out the limits of human movement. Her work refutes the proscenium, the grace, and the stylisation of dance by introducing elements that has made many a critic flinch with fear: sprinting between cinderblocks, dodging steel bars, and swinging from hardware that look more at home on construction sites than on stage. In an introduction to Streb’s life and work that peaks with a series of breathtaking performances at the London Olympics, seasoned documentarian Catherine Gund constructs a layered evolutionary portrait of an artist.
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