Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity

  • Thur Mar 5
Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity

intro by Sr. Lecturer Byron Suber (Performing & Media Arts)

Catherine Gund
Elizabeth Streb

For forty years, Elizabeth Streb and her troupe have pushed the boundaries of human possibility, combining dance, acrobatics, and performance art into acts of flight. This documentary dares the audience to join Streb in her ambitions, exploring her philosophy of movement where “anything too safe is not action.” Tracing the evolution of this audacious concept, Catherine Gund incorporates current commentary from 60-year-old Streb, archival footage of her early work, and culminates the journey with the troupe’s pre-Olympic stunts, bungee-jumping off London’s Millennium Bridge and fearlessly dangling from the London Eye. “There's much in Born to Fly to thrill to, dream with, flinch from: dancers leaping from a great whirling wheel and smacking onto mats far below; dancers ducking and leaping a wickedly spinning I-beam or cinderblock.” (Village Voice)


1 hour 22 minutes
release year/country
2014 USA/UK