Elizabeth Streb

(b. 1950)

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(b Rochester, NY, 23 Feb. 1950)

US dancer, choreographer, and director. She studied at the State University of New York and with various teachers, including Cunningham. She made her debut with Margaret Jenkins's company (1972–4), then moved to New York where she began to choreograph and perform her distinctively acrobatic, risk-taking works, such as Fall Line (1981), a duet in which she and her partner performed on a platform angled at 35 degrees, and Little Ease (1985) in which she attempted to dance in a small, cramped box. In 1985 she formed her own company, choreographing for larger numbers and using sophisticated equipment like flying harnesses, trampolines, walls, and platforms to facilitate more strenuous and daring moves. The titles of her works frequently indicate the nature of the action: Impact (1991), Up (1995), Streb vs Gravity (2006). Her early works were performed in silence, except for the amplified sound of the dancers, but more recently Streb has worked with music.

http://www.strebusa.com Website for the Streb company

Subjects: Dance.

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