Magazine article Dance Magazine

Elizabeth Streb Hits the Joyce - Pow!

Magazine article Dance Magazine

Elizabeth Streb Hits the Joyce - Pow!

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NEW YORK CITY--Choreographer Elizabeth Streb and her company, Ringside, sail on from the Brooklyn Bridge Anchorage (where they performed during a residency last September) to defy and celebrate the power of gravity at Manhattan's Joyce Theater, June 13-26. Ringside will offer the premieres of Bounce (performed by eight dancers on an eight-foot-square "super-sprung" platform) and Line.

Eschewing music, with only the amplified sound of muscle hitting Plexiglas, determined grunts, and the occasional vocal cue from the sidelines to accompany her dancers, violent "sit-pops" and "body-slams," Streb pares dance to its basics. Her visceral vocabulary, articulated by dancers trained to "strengthen their weakest links," combined with large architectural structures such as the set for Streb's Impact, results in performance that she hopes "leaves the audience feeling like they've done the moves themselves."

One might call Streb a dance physicist in the way she explores pure space, time, and energy. Efficient use of all these elements is of utmost importance to the Ringside dancer, and Streb finds the beauty of movement in efficiency of action. Her dances are strictly about moving through space--though viewers may supply their own emotional subtexts.

These days Streb strives to create a "virtual reality" experience for her audience, and to blur the line between actuality and simulation. She prefers that her company perform in such unconventional venues as the Anchorage because they allow audiences to view work from many angles. …

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