"Danger and beauty hang in the air." - New York Times
FORCES tells the story of Action. Bowling balls fall, a floor rapidly turns to create turbulence, counter-weighted performers occupy a 25-foot square wall and bodies intermittently eject from the Whizzing Gizmo. FORCES takes the audience on a journey that we hope inspires them to think differently about how they wander out of the show and go about their lives. For our performers, our Action Heroes, FORCES is a quest to mount a machine and learn its tricks. Perhaps a worthy quest for the Action Hero in us all.
ABOUT THE DEVELOPMENT OF FORCES
FORCES, a theatrical show designed to present action as subject, has been in development for nearly two years. STREB believes that this show has the potential for a mainstream, extended run and has, with this goal in mind, committed to producing a creative development period at the STREB Lab for Action Mechanics (SLAM) in October and November of 2013. During this time, STREB will have the opportunity to bring the FORCES artistic team, all recognized as being at the forefront of their fields, together for further development and editing of the work. Being able to immediately take this newly-edited work in front of a live audience for a seven-week run is an invaluable opportunity for STREB and a huge step toward our ability to fully produce an open-ended run of FORCES at SLAM.
We are incredibly excited to present the results of this phase of our development of FORCES at SLAM November 8th through December 22nd.
FUNDING THIS PHASE OF DEVELOPMENT
"Most funding is for the impulse, which is good, but there is not really funding for crafting the impulse." - Robert Woodruff
We believe Elizabeth Streb's desire to collaborate with a team of theatrical designers to create a show that tells the story of action was an inspired impulse and one that we are committed to crafting. We believe this project would change our institution, would change the way we behave as artists and producers, and would change our economy.
Elizabeth Streb is completely inspired to make this show with her amazing design team--Robert Woodruff, Jim Lewis, David Van Tieghem and Brandon Wolcott, Andrea Lauer, Robert Wierzel and Adam Greene, Wendall Harrington and Erik Pearson--so that the moon vibrates when we do it.
Please support our continued development of FORCES. Our whole team believes that we can sit this show down for an extended run in our SLAM Theater.
We invite you to help us Craft the Impulse.
"We are trying to rip apart what makes action tick. We are asking questions about velocity, weight, spatial trajectories, rotation and impact, to see what it is that registers in the perceptual arena of the spectators. We are asking what is, in the end, the content of action and how is the experience manifested aurally, visually and kinesthetically?"
- Robert Woodruff
"I have found working in the performing arts to be deeply compelling. We incorporate aspects of our life experience in our work. Some of my most meaningful relationships revolve around the idea of working with a family of artists. It is in this cooperative environment that I find my true joy and fulfillment. For me, Elizabeth Streb is one of these artists. Through her insightful exploration of life and art, she has expanded what dance and performance can mean. I am often called upon to complete the picture, however, with collaborators like Elizabeth Streb, this becomes an act of incredible co-creation and deep satisfaction."
- Robert Wierzel
"I work with her to explore the human body and its relationship to the forces of our everyday world. I support her effort to subvert the natural-physical limitations that so many of us take for granted and, above all, I seek to make the bone crunching, muscle bruising, tendon stretching performance of her dancers a visceral experience for her audience.
When I watch a STREB rehearsal my body has an immediate and involuntary response to the extreme experience of the dancer’s bodies only a couple of feet away from it - the hairs on my forearm stand on end, the muscles around my intestines contract, and my mouth goes dry. It is pure exhilaration."
- Erik Pearson
"Any collaboration with Elizabeth Streb is full of creative surprises and challenges, and this is why I enjoy working with her. I first encountered Elizabeth’s work in the late 1980s and immediately felt that we should work together. When that opportunity finally presented itself in 2008, I jumped at the chance. Elizabeth’s ideas spark my imagination, and as drummer/percussionist, I have a particular affinity for her interest in “impact.” With each new project we continue exploring the connection between human action and sound/music, hoping to take it to a deeper level. My job is to be inspired by and supportive of the visuals, working in concert with the lighting and projection design to create a singular, unique theatrical event."
- David Van Tieghem
Risks and challenges
Risk is something we deal with at the STREB Lab for Action Mechanics every day. One of our missions at SLAM is the search for the real move and one thing we know about a real move is that you get hurt when you try to stop it. At STREB we are not risk averse. Of course we realize that this project comes with many risks and challenges, not the least of which is creating a world-class theatrical experience at SLAM while maintaining the garage atmosphere we believe necessary for real American invention and ingenuity to happen. At the same time, we have full confidence that with the amazing artistic team we have culled together, the wizardry of our dedicated technical and production staff and the steadfast guidance of our partners at Hudson Scenic, we can meet these challenges. We can mount this machine and learn its tricks.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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