According to the woman once tagged, the Evel Knievel of dance, “Anything that is too safe is not action

" Acclaimed US choreographer Elizabeth Streb and her company of extreme action dancers are the focus of this intense documentary. The film-reviews traces Streb's obsession with movement, from her childhood, through her dance career, to seminal pieces such as Little EaseCrush and Invisible Forces. Her work beyond the comfort zone is illustrated with footage of rehearsals and performances. We hear from the dancers who interpret her demanding instructions and push themselves as far as they can – and then some. The fast-moving performers – flyers, crashers and soarers – are recruited from the worlds of gymnastics and ballet. The film-reviews's finale is the troupe's performances for the London Olympics, involving bungee cords, high-rise buildings and the Millennium Bridge. Now in her sixties, Streb straps on her harness to lead her dancers down the glass wall of City Hall.

"Stunning… adrenaline-pumping…Born to Fly captures fully both the danger in the work and the exhilaration the dancers get from it." – Austin Chronicle

"Fascinating… intriguing…Likely to generate fascination and uneasiness in equal measure… teasingly suggests that some displays of avant-garde virtuosity could be enjoyed equally by venturesome aesthetes, dance enthusiasts and devotees of World Wrestling Entertainment."- Variety


Screens with Amanda F***ing Palmer on the Rocks

Director: Catherine Gund 
Country: USA 
Runtime: 82 mins 
Language: English 
Premiere Status: Australian Premiere