Walker Art Center

59° FPartly CloudyVia weather.com

Elizabeth Streb in Conversation with Philip Bither

In 1997 Elizabeth Streb created two Walker-commissioned works during her tenure as a choreographer-in-residence: Across and Lever.  During Streb’s residency she and her group Ringside performed in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden and at the Metrodome Stadium. Streb’s trademark risky, high-impact, airborne choreography combines the visceral impact of athletics with the poetry and split-second timing of dance. At the time it was performed in the Garden, Fly and Across were still at the work-in-progress stage, but served as a perfect example of the company’s art-meets-sport convergence point. Across was a duet performed on continually rolling rectangular platforms with wheels. The near misses and imminent crashes of the daring dancers pushed the boundaries of force, velocity, action, and reaction. Fly redefined the realities of above and below as five performers—two of whom were attached to air-float devices that rendered the body virtually weightless—enabled the dancers to pass, mingle, and create the perception that both planes of space are equally accessible.