Dance Film Sunday: Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb VS. Gravity

Dance Film Sunday: Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb VS. Gravity

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

3:00 pm, $10/$9 members/$6 children

Take an exhilarating journey with MacArthur “Genius” daredevil choreographer Elizabeth Streb and her dancers as they push the boundaries between action and art in pursuit of human flight in Born To Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity at Rosendale Theatre, on Sunday, November 9, at 3:00 pm (new time). Streb’s movement philosophy “anything too safe is not action” is dazzlingly and breathlessly documented by Emmy-nominated film-maker Catherine Gund. “…Makes for jaw-dropping viewing,” says The Hollywood Reporter.

Sometimes called the Evel Knievel of dance, Elizabeth Streb is the pioneer of a movement form called “POPACTION,” which is couched in the exploration of human potential – both physical and emotional. Through her work, she expands our notions of movement; explores the intersections of dance, performance, and stunt-work; and provokes ideas about how fear might enhance our experiences. Born To Fly wrestles with the complexities of age, gender, class, and race – both for her dancers and her audiences. “What does it say about the state of Hollywood action filmmaking that this year’s most dashing derring-do transpires in a doc about a choreographer?” The Village Voice.

Catherine Gund is an Emmy-nominated producer, director, writer and organizer. Her media work focuses on arts and culture, HIV/AIDS and reproductive health, the environment, and other social justice issues. Her films have screened around the world in festivals, theaters, museums and schools; on PBS, Discovery’s Planet Green, and the Sundance Channel. Gund’s most recent project, What’s On Your Plate?, is a critically-acclaimed, multi-media project about kids and food politics, featuring a documentary, book and curriculum.

Dance Film Sundays, a series which started in June 2010 under the auspices of the Rosendale Theatre Collective, are held on the 2nd Sunday of every month at Rosendale Theatre.