Born To Fly
What is the difference between stunt-work, circus acts, ballet, and physical labor? Testing the limits of space and physical contact, this documentary follows choreographer Elizabeth Streb and her dancers as they take on different forms of experimental movement and explore the philosophy of their performances.
May 26, 2014
|5:30 PM||SIFF Cinema Uptown||Date has passed|
May 28, 2014
|4:30 PM||AMC Pacific Place 11||Date has passed|
June 6, 2014
|1:00 PM||SIFF Cinema Uptown||Date has passed|
What’s the difference between stunt-work, circus acts, ballet, and physical labor? Testing the limits of space and contact, Catherine Gund’s newest documentary boldly follows choreographer and ‘Evel Knievel of Dance’ Elizabeth Streb and her company as they take on different forms of experimental movement, and explore the philosophy of their performances. For more than 30 years, Brooklyn-based Streb has been interested in inventing motion—with the idea of flight as a major touchstone. The effects of gravity, math, and physics are forcefully imposed upon the traditional dance vocabularies in her work. “A question like: ‘can you fall up?’ That is the bedrock of my process,” Streb told BOMB Magazine in 2010. The result is a Cirque du Soleil-style acrobatic slant to modern dance conducted primarily using harnesses and other apparatus that allow dancers to scale walls, dodge beams, and drop from great heights. These are presented as ‘Extreme Action Events,’ and Streb’s dancers seem willing to risk it all in service of her highly controlled vision. Dancer DeeAnn Nelson actually breaks her back in performance. As Gund’s exploration of these powerful (and power) dynamics comes to a close, footage of ‘One Extraordinary Day’-a performance which used the London Eye as a playground to open the 2012 Olympics-brilliantly encapsulates the risk and beauty put forth in the company’s work.
Catherine Gund is an Emmy-nominated producer, director, writer, and organizer. Her media work focuses on arts and culture, HIV/AIDS and reproductive health, the environment, and other social justice issues. Her films have screened around the world in festivals, theaters, museums, and schools. Gund’s most recent project, What's on Your Plate?, is a critically-acclaimed multi-media project about kids and food politics, featuring a documentary, book, and curriculum.
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|Running Time:||82 minutes|
|Producer:||Catherine Gund, Tanya Selvaratnam|
|Cinematographers:||Kirsten Johnson, Albert Maysles, Ian McAlpin|
|Website:||Official Film Website|
|Filmography:||What’s On Your Plate? (Doc, 2009); A Touch of Greatness (Doc, 2004); Making Grace (Doc, 2004); Hallelujah! Ron Athey: A Story of Deliverance (Doc, 1998)|
|US Distributor:||Aubin Pictures|