Elizabeth Streb is not just a choreographer. She is an extreme action architect with a “movement philosophy.” She is challenging accepted constraints, and trying to defeat gravity.
In July 2012, at the age of 62, Streb strapped herself into a harness and walked down the face of a ten-story building. Likewise, in her work Streb pushes herself and her dance company from the ground, to the wall, to the sky. She believes that “anything too safe is not action.”
Why is one dancer’s gorgeous flight another dancer’s stunt work? Challenging assumptions of art, aging, injury, gender, and human possibility, this film reveals the passions behind the dancers’ bruises and broken noses.
Called “breathtaking,” “jaw-breaking,” and “exhilarating,” Born to Fly speaks to the magical necessity of art. “What does it say about the state of Hollywood action filmmaking,” a Village Voice review asks, “that this year’s most dashing derring-do transpires in a doc about a choreographer?”