For more than 20 years, Elizabeth Streb has challenged widely accepted assumptions about dance. Her choreography intertwines the disciplines of dance, athletics, extreme-sports, and Hollywood stunt work in an attempt to display the aggressive and deep effect of what she calls “pure movement.”
Streb is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation “Genius” award. She is currently the Dean’s Special Scholar at New York University where she is working toward an intertdisciplinary master’s degree in time and space. Streb’s company, STREB, has been seen on the Late Show with David Letterman, CBS Sunday Morning, CNN Showbiz Today, Nickelodeon, NBC’s Weekend Today, MTV, ABC World News and on Larry King Live.
Streb feels the art community has a responsibility to make art more familiar to the general public. To that end, STREB has performed in public spaces as diverse as New York’s Grand Central Terminal and the mall outside the Smithsonian Institution. Streb explains, “For the past decade . . . I have consciously worked to shift the paradigm of how we see art, where we see it, why we see it . . . continuing a general quest to bring dance to the people.”