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Her choreography renounces gravity. Great fun to watch. Two videos of her stuff here.
(Thanks, Nathan. Mrs. Bird Dog says she knows Elizabeth from NYC, and says her work reminds her of the Multigravitational Dance Company which shared a space with the Alwin Nikolai Dance Company in the good old days. "Nik" was Mrs. Bird Dog's role model, mentor, and friend - and a good guy who is missed.)
Who is Elizabeth Streb?
In 1997 Elizabeth Streb was awarded a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation 'Genius' award. She is currently the 'Dean's Special Scholar' at New York University at the Draper Program working towards an M.A. in Time and Space studying Physics, Philosophy and Architecture.
Streb's choreography, (she calls it POPACTION) intertwines the disciplines of dance, athletics, extreme-sports, and Hollywood stunt work into a bristling muscle and motion vocabulary that combines daring and strict precision in the pursuit of attempting to display publicly the aggressive and deep effect of 'pure movement.'
An MA in Time and Space? Hmmm. Well, OK. Whatever. Looks like pure, wonderful physicality to me which blurs the arbitrary lines between dance, gymnastics, and sport.
And then: there are those ballerinas who come out of the Russian school. Ahh, what I wouldn't give again to see Barishnikov fly and pause and push back the force of gravity. Or, to see the old Russian couple skate just one more time. There is something magical about some movement, but for me the magic is when grace has been added in addition to physicality. When there is a deep passion for the lovely--for the elegant--for a classical beauty. If, I want edge, or stress I'll turn on the 6:00news. When I want to be relieved of these real world, day to day qualities--I look for artists you add lovely.
But. But, then again there is "Arab Song" How did he do that ????
Can't explain why I much prefer "Modern dance" to Classical Ballet. Friends and spouse are Ballanchine fans, love Paul Taylor, etc. - but I would rather watch Merce Cunningham. Or Nikolai. Graham doesn't do it for me, but I have seen, by now, almost all of her stuff - and have seen the great lady herself many times, back when her dance-arthritis almost prevented her from walking.