Streb and Petit at the MOMA PS1

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Streb and Petit at the MOMA PS1

Hey New York, check out Vp’s fave extreme action hero Elizabeth Streb in conversation with Philippe Petit at PS1 on Saturday, May 29th at 3pm for the very reasonable price of FREE! Laura Flanders moderates.

Elizabeth Streb, radical choreographer and author of the brand new STREB: How to Become an Extreme Action Hero, talks fearless moves with high-wire artist and pickpocket Philippe Petit at MOMA/PS1. Moderated by journalist and GritTV anchor Laura Flanders, Streb and Petit discuss how they came to love danger, and their continuing quest to test gravity and the limits of the body.

Philippe Petit, who is currently building a barn with his bare hands and only 18th century tools, recently performed a high-wire act with Streb (who burned down a barn when she was nine). The two hit the wire together in tribute to choreographer Tricia Brown at Streb's SLAM performance space.

Streb and Petit, both sixty this year, share an unstoppable passion for life and a persistence in pushing physical limits. Do not miss this chance to meet these two awesome iconoclasts. Following the talk, stick around to chat and get your signed copy of STREB: How to Become an Extreme Action Hero!

Elizabeth Streb founded STREB Extreme Action Company in 1985, which performs in the United States and internationally. Streb has also performed on the Late Show with David Letterman, MTV, ABC Nightly News with Peter Jennings, and Larry King Live. A MacArthur “genius” award winner, she established S.L.A.M. (STREB Lab for Action Mechanics) in 2003, a factory space in Brooklyn that produces extreme action performances.

Philippe Petit is a French high-wire artist and performer who gained fame for his high-wire walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center on August 7, 1974. The extraordinary feat was chronicled in the 2008 Academy Award–winning documentary "Man on Wire," based on Petit’s memoir To Reach the Clouds.


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For those of you who can't make it to New York, here's a little peek of Streb talking about her amazing superhuman self.

Reposted from GRITtv via The Feminist Press

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toodlin's picture

Damn that sounds amazing.  I

Damn that sounds amazing.  I love the way these people push push push right to the edge of the possible.  The story of Petit and the WTC wirewalk is something that has really stuck with me.