Kiss the Air!
Action Architect and Choreographer: Elizabeth Streb
Composer: David Van Tiegham
Costume Design: Andrea Lauer
Lighting Design: Robert Wierzel
New York’s own “action heroes,” STREB Extreme Action stretch the limitations of the human body. Choreographer and MacArthur “genius” award recipient Elizabeth Streb will take over the Armory’s expansive Wade Thompson Drill Hall with Kiss the Air!, a performance of new large-scale works that incorporate ziplines, ladders, trampolines, hoops, and bungee cords. Among the works will be Ascension, which encompasses a 21-foot turning ladder on which nine dancers attempt to balance. Human Fountain features sixteen performers leaping from a three-story scaffold to create the effect of a human Bellagio Fountain. Also included are Falling Sideways, which uses stuntmen’s Air Ramps to hurl the dancers past the audience, and Kiss The Air! in which dancers in bungees fly over the audience—and a pool of water. Part aerial dance, part daredevil act, Elizabeth Streb’s work defies the natural laws of motion and gravity to create a visual and auditory tour de force.
Major support provided by The Rockefeller Foundation.
Additional support provided by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts, The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation, The Marc Haas Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, The Vidda Foundation, Harkness Foundation for Dance, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Photo: Tom Caravaglia