Elizabeth Streb’s gravity-defining dance troupe is back

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Elizabeth Streb has a knack for testing the limits of the human body.

In her company’s newest show, “Falling Sideways,” her daring dancers defy gravity by propelling 30 feet sideways and creating a human fountain a la Las Vegas’s Bellagio Fountain, descending like raindrops from as high as 30 feet in the air.

It helps, of course, to have super cool stunt equipment, and Streb got her hands on some nifty tools to make her unique vision possible in the show, which opens this Friday at her Williamsburg space. That includes air rams, which can eject people as far as 70 feet sideways at incredible speeds, as well as a jerk vest, a harness that can rapidly move its wearer in different directions at breakneck speed.

“I’ve been coveting this equipment that films get to use and we don’t, so I figured, why not use it?” said Streb. “A lot of artists who are pegged with the stunt name are really doing some of the most phenomenal things. I’m trying to grab methods from other parts of action specialties and intersect them with modern dance.”

As far as that human fountain goes? That just takes some serious skill.

“Falling Sideways” at the Streb Lab for Action Mechanics [51 N. First St. between Kent and Wythe avenues in Williamsburg, (718) 384-6491], Nov. 26-Dec. 19 on Fridays at 7 pm, Saturdays at 3 pm and 7 pm, and Sundays at 3 pm. Tickets $20 (adults), $10 (kids). For info, visit

Updated 5:21 pm, July 9, 2018
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