STREB: How to Become an Extreme Action Hero
Foreword by Anna Deavere Smith
Introduction by Peggy Phelan
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". . . it’s incredibly well written, blazingly articulate, brimming with ideas regarding space, time, movement—as if Martha Graham and Albert Einstein had a love child and named her Streb; like Batman and Robin gave her the secret code to how to explain all that happens behind KAPOW, SPLAT, and ZOWIE."
"Fearlessness and intelligence combined—that is what makes Elizabeth Streb's work so potent and beautiful."
"Elizabeth courts danger, tricks the eye, and thrills the spirit. She is a dynamic force. She's superhuman. She's Superwoman."
—Trisha Brown, choreographer and visual artist
"in this inspiring and passionate book, ultra-tenacious Elizabeth shares with the reader some of her surrealist goals: leaving a room through the walls; never landing after jumping; and moving so fast that you stand still. Wow!"
—Philippe Petit, high wire artist-in-residence, Cathedral St. John the Divine
"Her new book explores a lifetime of thought and experience with extreme action—real moves—and the conditions that make them possible: body, space, time, motion..." (read more)
—Mary Love Hodges, The Brooklyn Rail
Elizabeth Streb has been testing the potential of the human body since childhood. Can she fly? Can she run up walls? Can she break through glass? How fast can she go? Combining memoir and theory, Streb conveys how she became an extreme action choreographer, developing a form of movement that’s more NASCAR than modern dance, more boxing than ballet. This book is for those who try or are willing to do just about anything to become a hero in their own way.
Infinite Body review by Eva Yaa Asantewaa, Arts journalist since 1976. Scroll down to read the review.
Grantmakers in the Arts review by John E. McGuirk, the director of the Performing Arts Program at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Click here to read the review.
Amazon Book Review from Publishers Weekly including "Streb [as] a glorious acrobatic adventure." The Guardian. Click here to read the review.
Bomb Magazine article from A.M. Homes with an Interview between A.M. Homes and Elizabeth Streb! Click here to read the review.