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Oct. 28, 2010

Dream Job: Movement Engineer

by Leslie Taylor


Video of STREB VS. GRAVITY

Elizabeth Streb describes herself as a movement engineer. A dancer, choreographer, and MacArthur fellow, Streb explores the physics of the human body through a form of movement that has led her to be nicknamed "The Evel Kineviel of Dance." Her performances intertwine the disciplines of dance, athletics, boxing, rodeo, the circus, and Hollywood stunt-work.

Streb has written a book entitled How to Become an Extreme Action Hero. In 2003, she established S.L.A.M. (STREB Lab for Action Mechanics) in Brooklyn, NY, a rehearsal and community space that invites the community to participate in her dance company's joyful pursuit of true movement invention.

Elizabeth Streb will give a lecture at the conference, Communicating Science to the Public through the Performing Arts, this weekend at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York.

Video of Elizabeth Streb's talk at CUNY in April about how she developed her form of movement

Interview with Elizabeth Streb on Studio 360

About Leslie Taylor

Leslie is Science Friday’s Web editor. She has a background in oceanography and is passionate about getting non-scientists and young people to realize how cool science can be.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Science Friday.

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