Born To Fly

2014

Born To Fly (2014)

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Elizabeth Streb's Extreme Action Company is to American Ballet Theater as Spider-Man is to a National Geographic special on arachnids. Working out of an industrial building in Williamsburg, her troupe hones dangerous, mind-boggling feats: hybrids of dance, acrobatics, performance art, theater of cruelty, and maybe just plain cruelty. The spiky-haired Streb, outfitted in motorcycle boots and de rigeur black everything, is a surprisingly gamine woman whose charisma is as palpable as the affection and compassion she affords her dancers. Catherine Gund's exhilarating documentary records Streb's latest forays into gravity-defying actions as well as wonderful archival footage that records her early decades of work, leading up to the MacArthur "genius" grant she received in 1997. Two of many breathtaking spectacles that punctuate the movie: Streb dancers bungee-jumping off London's Millennium Bridge and dangling fearlessly from the London Eye. Streb earns her reputation as the Evel Knievel of dance.

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"Born to Fly" is a special film about an artist very much dedicated to an original vision, one that articulates the relationship of human bodies to space and time, and strength and resilience towards unstoppable and unmovable forces beyond our control.

Sep 30, 2014 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Dance purists might dismiss Streb's work as circus gymnastics, but a bracing aesthetic is inseparable from the corporal shocks, as is an insistence on challenging accepted constraints.

Sep 26, 2014 | Full Review…

Director Catherine Gund most successfully depicts the visceral impact of Streb's work ...

Sep 11, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A singularly focused and avant-garde talent, Ms. Streb bends the messy rush of risk to her indomitable will.

Sep 9, 2014 | Full Review…

There's no discounting the pleasure of catching Streb on the big screen.

Sep 9, 2014 | Full Review…

This fascinating documentary depicts avant-garde choreographer Elizabeth Strep as both visionary and ringmaster.

Apr 3, 2014 | Full Review…
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