STREB: Kiss the Air!

Photo from STREB: Kiss the Air! on December 14, 2011

December 14 – 22, 2011

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“Fearlessness and intelligence combined.”Mikhail Baryshnikov

Kiss the Air!
Action Architect and Choreographer: Elizabeth Streb
Composer: David Van Tiegham
Costume Design: Andrea Lauer
Lighting Design: Robert Wierzel

New York’s own “action heroes,” STREB Extreme Action stretch the limitations of the human body. Choreographer and MacArthur “genius” award recipient Elizabeth Streb will take over the Armory’s expansive Wade Thompson Drill Hall with Kiss the Air!, a performance of new large-scale works that incorporate ziplines, ladders, trampolines, hoops, and bungee cords. Among the works will be Ascension, which encompasses a 21-foot turning ladder on which nine dancers attempt to balance. Human Fountain features sixteen performers leaping from a three-story scaffold to create the effect of a human Bellagio Fountain. Also included are Falling Sideways, which uses stuntmen’s Air Ramps to hurl the dancers past the audience, and Kiss The Air! in which dancers in bungees fly over the audience—and a pool of water. Part aerial dance, part daredevil act, Elizabeth Streb’s work defies the natural laws of motion and gravity to create a visual and auditory tour de force.

Major support provided by The Rockefeller Foundation.
Additional support provided by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts, The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation, The Marc Haas Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, The Vidda Foundation, Harkness Foundation for Dance, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Photo: Tom Caravaglia


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December 14, 15*, 16, 20, 22, 2011 at 7pm
December 17 & 21, 2011 at 2pm & 7pm
December 18, 2011 at 3pm

December 22 SOLD OUT - Standing Room Only tickets go on sale at 4pm at the box office only.

Performance runs 70 minutes with no intermission.

*Following the December 15th performance, there is an Artist Talk with Elizabeth Streb and some of the STREB dancers, moderated by Kristy Edmunds. The Talk is free with ticket purchase.

General Admission
$35 Adults
$25 Children 12 and under

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If you like STREB, you may be interested in the following Dance programs:

November 29 – December 3, 2011, at 7:30pm
December 4, 2011 at 2pm

December 29 – 31, 2011, at 6:30pm & 9:00pm