A one-hour master class in Streb's PopAction technique.
Cost: $15 for the public, free for Antioch College students, faculty and staff. Registration required: email firstname.lastname@example.org. Limited to 20 participants but others may attend just to observe.
Developed by Elizabeth Streb over the last 20 years, PopAction classes help dancers acquire new skills by posing unique challenges: change your base of support in a rapid fire way, physically designate specific locations in vertical and horizontal space, learn to pop the muscles to initiate action (rather than skeletally transferring weight), train for impact, learn to fly with low-to-the-ground maneuvers that increase spatial awareness, and incorporate a timing system that is not musical but physical (“felt timing”). The classes confront issues of falling and fear. STREB operates on a ‘personal best’ principle; the method suits all body types, ages, and skill sets.
About Elizabeth Streb
“MacArthur “Genius” Award-winner, Elizabeth Streb, has dived through glass, allowed a ton of dirt to fall on her head, walked down (the outside of) London’s City Hall, and set herself on fire, among other feats of extreme action. She founded the STREB EXTREME ACTION COMPANY in 1985, and in 2003, she established SLAM, the STREB Lab for Action Mechanics, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. SLAM’s garage doors are always open: anyone and everyone can come in, watch rehearsals, take classes, and learn to fly.”
Streb received the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation ‘Genius’ Award in 1997. She holds a master of arts in humanities and social thought from New York University, a bachelor of science in modern dance from SUNY Brockport, and two honorary doctorates. Streb has received numerous other awards and fellowships including the Guggenheim Fellowship in 1987; a Brandeis Creative Arts Award in 1991; two New York Dance and Performance Awards (Bessie Awards), in 1988 and 1999 for her “sustained investigation of movement;” a Doris Duke Artist Award in 2013; and over 30 years of on-going support from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). She served on Mayor Bloomberg’s Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission and is a member of the board of the Jerome and Camargo Foundations. Major commissions for choreography include: Lincoln Center Festival, Jazz at Lincoln Center, MOCA, LA Temporary Contemporary, the Whitney Museum of Art, Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, the Park Avenue Armory, and London 2012, the Cultural Olympiad for the Summer Games.