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This performance took place August 18-22, 2021. Scroll for bonus content!

Taking flight by pushing the boundaries of aesthetics and kinesthetic bravery, MacArthur Award-winning choreographer Elizabeth Streb is known for “her loud, unflinching explorations of physics” and has, “devised what looks like her own Olympic sport” (The New York Times)

Returning to the Pillow for the first time in over 20 years, the STREB Extreme Action Company revisited their roots with a retrospective of Elizabeth Streb’s classic solos from the 70s and 80s, early equipment experimentations from the 90s, and jaw-dropping extreme action opuses with the large scale “action machines” the company has since become known for from the early 21st century. This historic look back connected their experimental path with the extreme action of their current and future works.

This engagement was made possible by Gerry and Hank Alpert
In Memory and Honor of their Dear Friend
AT Nguyen

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Watch the Post-Show Talk

Choreographer/Action Architect Elizabeth Streb, Associate Artistic Director Cassandre Joseph, and Technical Director/Emcee/DJ Zaire Baptiste, in conversation with Jacob’s Pillow Scholar-in-Residence Maura Keefe.

Watch the PillowTalk

A true original in the performing arts, Elizabeth Streb discusses her concepts of extreme action, which challenge the assumptions of art, aging, injury, gender, and human possibility.

Read the Program and PillowNotes

Performance details begin on page 20.

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Event Dates

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Onsite Event:
STREB
(Leir Stage)

At Henry J. Leir Outdoor Stage: Aug 18 - Aug 22