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Starred Review. In this dizzying, inspirational self-help memoir, choreographer and performer Streb details her life-long exploration of movement, the body, and time while providing brief lessons in math and practical philosophy: "Impact is a primal and primitive practice we at my dance company STREB accept: the full, weighted human body, with its issues of vectors and forces and angles of incidence and choices that are incurred in the flash of an instant, yet determine everything." Based out of "an anti-white cube, anti-glass bubble, anti-ivory tower arena" in New York, STREB creates performances such as Artificial Gravity, which "explores whether there is a perfect radius that would be essential for the human form on a horizontal surface," and "Wild Blue Yonder," commemorating the anniversary of the Wright Brothers' flight ("STREB began with a dream of flight, rugged and rough... dealing with true space, the sky, an area above the ground"). In her explanations and experiments, including an unprotected and unrehearsed dive through glass, Streb gives readers news ways to consider the body and its movement, from "the mechanical measurement of the legs, arms, torso, neck, hips, feet, shoulders, ankles, and knees" to "the alchemetic processes of the neurological systems." Accompanied by full-color and black-and-white photographs, Streb's riveting prose should provoke and inspire philosophy students, dancers, and athletes of all kinds.

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"Fearlessness and intelligence combined—that is what makes Elizabeth Streb's work so potent and beautiful."—Mikhail Baryshnikov

"[Streb]…has long been a pioneer in blending gymnastics, dance, acrobatics and sheer daredevil insanity, and many have seen her work as an exhibition of pure dance energy."—New York Times

"Streb is a glorious acrobatic adventure."—The Guardian

"Streb cooks up a vibrant stew that's part circus, part sporting event, part theater, part student recital, and part scrupulous time-motion-energy investigation. The neighborhood sniffs the aroma and crowds in the door."—Village Voice

"Ah, finally an artist who is not afraid of handling live eels, confronting an army of rats or diving head first through a panel of glass! Elizabeth Streb also recalls carrying enormous pails of water back and forth from a river when she was 10, riding her first motorcycle at age 15, and how at 18 she once held a sheet-rock panel above her head for an entire afternoon waiting for a never-returning carpenter! In this inspiring and passionate book, ultra-tenacious Elizabeth shares with the reader some of her surrealist goals: leaving a room through the walls; never landing after jumping; and moving so fast that you stand still…Wow!"—Philippe Petit


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: The Feminist Press at CUNY (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155861656X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558616561
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #719,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By maggie boepple on December 19, 2012
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Elizabeth Streb, the genius behind Streb, the company, describes how she moved from being a dancer to testing the limits of a human body through movement and choreography. Having seen the joyful company in action made me want to understand her and how she came to this point. A must read for all Streb fans around the world.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Lloyd-Davies on June 30, 2010
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I'd love to write an eloquent review about this book--about Streb's amazing ideas about movement and physics, about the marriage of art in science in her breathtaking dance performances, about how this book connects dancers with daredevils like Philippe Tetit and Tehching Hsieh--unfortunately, after reading this book the overwhelming thing I want to say is "oh man, Streb is freaking awesome."
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael Silverwise on September 5, 2011
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I found it hard to read... so I put it down and haven't had the strength to pick it back up.
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