This post comes a bit late since the premiere screening of this film has happened last Wednesday but anyway, this was October’s Cracking the Frame at Rialto Amsterdam. The film can be seen at Chasse Breda, Lux Nijmegen, Filmfocus Arnhem and Slieker Film Groningen in November.
BORN TO FLY: ELIZABETH STREB vs GRAVITY
USA | 2014 | 82 min
A chronicle of the fascinating life and career of ‘action architect’, extreme dancer and choreographer Elizabeth Streb.
For nearly 40 years, Streb has been pushing the boundaries of modern dance with her Brooklyn-based company, STREB Extreme Action Company.
Inspired by extreme sports, circus and acrobatics, Streb challenges the assumptions of art, injury, gender, aging, and human possibility, staging action performances that require immense physical strength, endurance and virtuosity.
Directed by Emmy nominated filmmaker Catherine Gund, BORN TO FLY: ELIZABETH STREB vs GRAVITY follows the visionary choreographer over the course of a year as she reflects on her influences, evolution, and inventions, all while preparing for one of her company’s greatest public display: a series of daredevil performances on some of London’s landmark monuments during the 2012 Olympics.
“Stunning… adrenaline-pumping… Born to Fly captures fully both the danger in the work and the exhilaration the dancers get from it.” – Austin Chronicle
“BORN TO FLY works very well as a portrait of a maverick artistic sensibility…Whether one calls it art, sport, or mere entertainment, some of it makes for jaw-dropping viewing.” – The Hollywood Reporter
Cracking the Frame
A monthly program featuring an international selection of critically acclaimed art related documentaries and artists’ films.
Cracking the Frame focuses on the creative intersection between art and film through experimental documentaries and cinematic portraits of the life and work of established contemporary artists, filmmakers, writers and global thinkers.
Each film is theatrically unreleased in The Netherlands and will be screened in English or with English subtitles.