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Streb: How to Become an Extreme Action Hero

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Elizabeth Streb has been testing the potential of the human body since childhood. Can she fly? Can she run up walls? Can she break through glass? How fast can she go? With clarity and humor—and with a world-class dance troupe called STREB—she continues to investigate what real movement is and has come to these conclusions: It's off the ground! It creates impact! It hurts t ...more
Paperback, 201 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by The Feminist Press at CUNY (first published 2010)
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Andd Becker
Sep 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The STREB approach to action events in dance requires the ability to face danger during human flight. The action specialists in Streb's dance company possess physical strength and perseverance. They train using the PopAction technique, which is about "exploding our bodies into the air all at once."
Streb wants the audience to notice the effect of movement upon space. She compares various performance arenas: Filmmakers chose one aspect ratio for a screen; television inventors chose another. Circ
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Pamela Kallimanis
Nov 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Elizabeth Streb is an extreme action hero. That much is clear in her explorations of time and space in this memoir. What's wonderful about this book is the way that Streb explores the responsibilities of an artist in knowing the craft and pushing boundaries. Much like her dance pieces, Streb's writing reflects a simple philosophy, "there are no limits." In the essays contained in the collection, Streb reveals an immense amount of knowledge and a breadth of reading in philosophy, physics and mech ...more
AJ
The thing I like about signing up for "book subscriptions" from publishers is that I receive books that I wouldn't necessarily hear about or read otherwise. This is one of those books. At time the philosophical meanderings about space, time and motion got to be a bit too much for me, but otherwise I found this to be quite an enlightening book. I did find it helpful to watch a few clips of the STREB shows on YouTube first to get some context. It's amazing what she has managed to choreograph and t ...more
Noah
Dec 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
While not actually a manual for becoming an Extreme Action Hero, Streb's memoir is a fascinating, albeit brief, insight into the philosophy behind her amazing work.
Kelsey
Mar 14, 2011 rated it liked it
Elizabeth Streb is a unique mind as well as an extreamly unique choreographer. I enjoyed this book because it was insightful into her life history and what inspires her movement.
Mandy
Apr 07, 2010 rated it it was ok
I won this book via Goodreads First Reads!

The description of this book sounded a lot more interesting than it actually was.

The parts that were stories of different extreme action dance sequences was fairly interesting, but that was only a small part of the book.

Most of the book was very, very technical which made it very hard to read - and I know a little about dance due to years in musical theater, so I'm guessing a person who had no knowledge of dance would be even more lost than I was.
Careuhhline
Oct 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book seriously blew my mind so many times. I want to read it again. Now.
Jenny
May 27, 2010 is currently reading it
If you like Streb's choreography, you should read this book.
Jen Tatro
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I've seen Elizabeth Streb's troupe perform live twice (once in Chicago, once because I was in their neighborhood in NYC and just stopped by in time to watch a rehearsal of the whole show, for free!) Just awesome - their shows are so original, daring and skilled. It's like pro-wrestling meets circus meets dance meets Hollywood stunt work.

If you've ever wanted to know what make these shows happen, you owe it to yourself to read Elizabeth's book.
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