1. About this Project
The London Project is a documentary filming of Elizabeth Streb’s Extreme Action Company from their home in Williamsburg, Brooklyn to London where they will perform daredevil dances for the 2012 Cultural Olympiad.
At this writing, the most exciting aspects of the event in London - which is called One Extraordinary Day - cannot be revealed. No one in the dance company is allowed to tell you the amazing events planned and neither can we. It's being kept super-secret so it will be that much more of a surprise. We can tell you that London has never, ever seen anything like it.
This campaign is to raise money for filming in London - the final act in our feature-length documentary.
2. Who and why - with just a hint of when
“If dancers are the athletes of God, Streb’s members are the Gladiators.” – Claudia La Rocco, The New York Times
Streb has been commissioned by the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Mayor of London to create a series of events through London’s cityscape for the London 2012 Festival. Which is also called the Cultural Olympiad.
Beginning at daybreak and continuing until almost the strike of midnight, One Extraordinary Day. . . Well, like we said - we can’t tell you the details. Yet.
We can tell you we've spent 5 months making our film so far, watching astonished as Streb’s extraordinary dancers hurtle through the air. From auditions and the struggles of the new dancers, to the fun-filled yet grueling rehearsals, to the creation of a brand new dance which will be performed only once - we’ve captured it all.
We can also tell you that at the age of 62, Brooklyn's visionary choreographer Elizabeth Streb has won a parade of awards including the so-called Genius Award, from the MacArthur Foundation. Once called the Evel Knievel of dance, Streb and her dancers create remarkable events somewhere between modern dance and diving, gymnastics and the circus. If you’ve been lucky enough to see her work, you know what I’m talking about. The dancers bring years of training in modern dance, martial arts, ballet, the circus arts and acrobatics, along with their vibrant personalities, to every performance and every rehearsal.
Having been given unparalleled access, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to introduce Elizabeth Streb’s work and her quirky dancers to a worldwide audience. This is also a rare, behind-the-scenes view of how a remarkable artist creates a new piece with seemingly impossible constraints. We wish we could tell you more. But we can’t. Yet.
We need your help to film the final, and most exciting part of the film – the rehearsals in London and the actual performances, which will take place one day in July, all over London.
3. How we’re doing it
Very soon the STREB Extreme Action Company flies to London to rehearse with the additional British dancers specially hired for One Extraordinary Day. We’ll be with them, filming all the way, finally racing through London on One Extraordinary Day to capture all their performances.
For the Big Day, besides the 2 extraordinary camerapeople who have been capturing everything, we hope to hire at least 2 more. After all, this is a once in a lifetime Event.
4. How to Contribute and be a part of this Film
Just click the green “Back This Project” button in the upper right-hand corner. Anyone can donate. But kids, if you’re not yet 18, please ask your parents first! The rewards will be shipped at our cost to wherever you live.
Kickstarter is one of the largest funding platforms for creative projects in the world. As a matter of fact, Kickstarter supports more arts projects than The National Endowment for the Arts! Our Kickstarter project, like every other one, must be fully funded before its time expires or no money changes hands. Your credit card or debit card will not be charged. Yep. If we don't raise our goal, we don't get anything. So every bit helps.
As a special bonus for our Kickstarter backers, we'll be releasing exclusive video clips over the next year as we start to edit our film. These clips will only be available to our backers. It’s thanks to you this film is being made. We really couldn’t do it without you. So you deserve an exclusive first look!
We think we can promise you an amazing ride.
Thanks to everyone who has supported this film so far! I greatly appreciate it, as does everyone involved in this remarkable adventure.
All the best,
5. More Information on other websites
“As devastatingly beautiful as it is violent and athletic.” – Gia Kourias, Time Out, NY
The Human Fountain A short film by Craig Lowy, showing Elizabeth’s Streb’s dance of the same name
Elizabeth Streb website
LIFT Cultural Olympiad website
London 2012 Festival Official Guide