ACTION HEROES is a wild kaleidoscope of Action Events and music; human bodies careening through, around, and above invented hardware accompanied by local guest DJs and STREB’s resident DJ & Emcee. The show has been conceived to fit in a myriad of traditional and alternative performance space with Action Events mixed and matched to suit a specific audience, venue and performance length. ACTION HEROES combines new work with reimagined signature pieces, instilling them with new life and energy.  
“Watching STREB-SEA, from your seat you fly and writhe with each company member as they dare to defy gravity; the audience reaction is a singular response of gasps, relief and applause, all underscored by a fun and funky music score!” – Eric Fliss, Managing Director – South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center 
  • Stage configuration adaptable to all venue shapes, sizes and locations both indoor and outside
  • Performance length adapted to suit venue needs (anywhere from 10 to 90 minutes)
  • Same day load-in, set-up and evening performance
  • All equipment is self-supporting; no need to lag into the stage floor!
  • Lights provided by Venue Rep Plot so no lengthy focus
  • A local DJ can be incorporated into the performance, spinning tunes alongside STREB’s resident MC
  • Possible KidAction Residency & Performance
For more information, technical riders, and to book STREB EXTREME ACTION:

Anne McDougall


*Please note that the number of events and running order may be modified as required by Venue/Presenter.

Pure and sustained airborne action on an Olympic trampoline. Commissioned by Wolf Trap to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of flight in 2003. 

An examination of gravity and form on a slanted 8-foot square. Commissioned by Fall For Dance Festival 2016.

STREB’s Extreme Action Heroes flirt, skirt and circumvent a 2 ton steel I-beam challenging the physics of centrifugal force, gravity and acceleration.  

Inspired by a 1970s performance art piece, two performers tethered together by a length of rope. Forces that attract and repel, push and pull. A stark yet poetic microcosm of human relationships and raw physical power.

A kaleidoscopic physical occupation: performers confront a vertical wall like flies on a glue strip, sticking, sliding, hitting and disappearing.

High-speed angels hurtling to a center spot, a sprung square, as if balanced on the head of a pin.  Defying Newton and achieving “same space, same time” with interwoven bodies.

A trio based on Elizabeth Streb’s classic solo LITTLE EASE – a pure idea of how much the physical body can do “in a space measured exactly to the size of your own body”.

An action packed, adult-strength, prototypic teeter-totter for the stout of heart.  A children’s playground fixture examined by muscular, gravity-challenged grownups. The teeter-totter severely limits the movement spectrum — nowhere to go but up (and down). Commissioned for the Lincoln Center Festival in 2006.

A gleaming aluminum 21-foot turning ladder, inspired by the essential, quotidian fire escape and the myth of Sisyphus.  Eight dancers inhabit and negotiate the spinning rungs with nerve and split second timing as their own gravity propels the rungs ever faster creating moments of hard-won, graceful beauty.  The mission for the dancers: Never Let Go! Commissioned by Fall For Dance Festival 2016.

A symphony of bodies occupying and flying from a human-sized hamster wheel.

STREB’s Extreme Action Heroes dodge, dive under and narrowly avoid two swinging cinder blocks. Commissioned for the opening of Jazz at Lincoln Center.

A rotating wheel-of-death machine designed for STREB by Noe España allows the Action Heroes to spin, float, flip and fly through space.

A trio of dancers magically rotate in space attached by their feet to a Molinette machine designed by Noe España. Commissioned for the historic re-opening of theThéâtre du Châtelet in Paris in 2019.

“Watching STREB is akin to the catharsis of contact sports except no one is trying to make anyone lose. Everyone is on the same team with a trust, cohesion, and intimate intuition that evince awe.” – John Stoltenberg – DC Metro Theater Arts

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