OZ ARTS PRESENTS THREE PERFORMANCES OF SEA (SINGULAR EXTREME ACTIONS) BY STREB EXTREME ACTION ON JAN. 27-28
OZ Arts, 21c Museum Hotel partner for free screening of Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity documentary on Jan. 28
NASHVILLE, TENN. – Dec 4, 2017 – “Anything too safe is not action,” according to MacArthur Genius fellow Elizabeth Streb. Her philosophy on life and art will be magnified and on full display in three performances of SEA (Singular Extreme Actions) by STREB Extreme Action, Jan. 27-28, 2018 at OZ Arts Nashville.
Artistic Director at OZ Arts Nashville, Lauren Snelling says, “Elizabeth Streb defines the word ‘maverick’. Her active presence and unconventional approach within the field of dance and contemporary movement has challenged and expanded the imaginations of fellow artists and audiences worldwide for more than 30 years. Her goal: to defy gravity and achieve human flight. We could not be more thrilled to work with such a courageous and astoundingly talented group of artists.
The performance of SEA combines a series of action events where “action heroes” – Streb does not call her performers dancers – jump simultaneously on an Olympic trampoline, pile themselves in a small plexi-glass box and fly through space on – and from – devices two stories tall in feats that require split-second timing. Broadway World called SEA a merging of “dance, gymnastics, circus arts, and Hollywood stunt work, in a unique style.”
The action events planned for the OZ Arts performances, which feature a live DJ, include:
- “AIR” – Commissioned by Wolf Trap to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of flight. Pure and sustained airborne action on an Olympic trampoline.
- “TILT” – An examination of gravity and form on a slanted 8-foot square.
- “SQUIRM” – An homage to Harry Houdini designed with human bodies rather than locks.
- “TIED” – Inspired by 1970s performance art piece, two performers tethered together by a length of rope. Forces that attract and repel, push and pull
- “SLAM” – A kaleidoscopic physical occupation: performers confront a vertical wall like flies on a glue strip, sticking, sliding, hitting and disappearing.
- “ROCK” – An action packed, adult-strength, prototypic teeter-totter for the stout of heart. A children’s playground fixture examined by muscular, gravity-challenged grownups.
- “LITTLE EASE” - Elizabeth Streb calls it her purest idea of how much the physical body can do "in a space measured to exactly the size of your own body”
- “QUAKE” - High-speed angels hurtling to a center spot, a sprung square, as if balanced on the head of a pin. Defying Newton and achieving “same space, same time” with interwoven bodies.
- “FALL” – Fly. Fall. Land. Repeat
- “SILVER” – A gleaming aluminum 21-foot turning ladder, inspired by the essential, quotidian fire escape and the myth of Sisyphus. Eight dancers inhabit and negotiate the spinning rungs with nerve and split-second timing as their own gravity propels the rungs ever faster creating moments of hard-won, graceful beauty. The mission for the dancers: Never Let Go!
STREB most recently performed SEA at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, the Harris Theatre in Chicago and Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Greece.
SEA is 90 minutes long with a 15-minute intermission. OZ Arts will host an audience Q&A following the Jan. 27 performance.
Tickets are available at www.ozartsnashville.org and are $45 for adults and $25 for children 12 and under. Show times are: 3pm and 8pm on Saturday, Jan 27 and 2pm on Sunday, Jan 28.
Free Screening of Born To Fly documentary film
OZ Arts partners again with 21c Museum Hotel Nashville to host a free screening of Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity, a documentary that traces the evolution of Elizabeth Streb’s movement philosophy as she pushes herself and her performers from the ground to the sky. The screening will take place at 6pm on Jan. 28 at 21c Museum Hotel, followed by a Q&A with Elizabeth Streb and OZ Arts’ Artistic Director, Lauren Snelling.
Born to Fly was directed by Catherine Gund, premiered at SXSW and received an extended run at The Film Forum in New York City in 2014.
About Elizabeth Streb & STREB EXTREME ACTION
STREB founder Elizabeth Streb has dived through glass, allowed a ton of dirt to fall on her head, walked down (the outside of) London’s City Hall and set herself on fire, among other feats of extreme action. She founded STREB EXTREME ACTION in 1985, continuing her decades long investigation into the possibilities of movement and physics. In 2003, she established SLAM (the STREB Lab for Action Mechanics) in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, an innovative, multi-use space and a model of sustainability and community-building for arts organizations. SLAM serves as a school for adults and children, a rented rehearsal space for dancers, circus performers and other artists, and the home base for her dancers, STREB Extreme Action. SLAM’s garage doors are always open: anyone and everyone can come in, watch rehearsals, take classes and learn to fly.
In addition to the MacArthur Genius grant, Streb has received numerous other awards and fellowships including the Guggenheim Fellowship; a Brandeis Creative Arts Award; two New York Dance and Performance Awards (Bessie Awards), for her “sustained investigation of movement;” a Doris Duke Artist Award in 2013; and over 30 years of on-going support from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).
About OZ Arts Nashville
Since opening in 2014, OZ Arts Nashville, a 501(c)(3) contemporary arts center, has changed the cultural landscape of the city. Housed in the former C.A.O. cigar warehouse owned by Nashville’s Ozgener family, OZ Arts, under the artistic leadership of Lauren Snelling, brings world-class performances and art installations to the city, and gives ambitious local artists opportunities to work on a grand scale. The flexible 10,000 square-foot, column-free venue, nestled amidst five acres of artfully landscaped grounds, is continually reconfigured to serve artists’ imaginations, and to challenge and inspire a diverse range of curious audiences. OZ Arts is supported in part by the Metro Nashville Arts Commission.
For more information, please visit http://www.ozartsnashville.org/.