Once called the Evel Knievel of dance, Elizabeth Streb intertwines the disciplines of dance, athletics, rodeo, the circus, and Hollywood stunt-work. She founded Streb in 1985, which performs internationally in theatres, museums and town squares. In this pathbreaking book, Streb combines memoir and analysis to convey how she became an extreme action dancer/choregrapher, developing a form of movement that's more Nascar than modern dance, more boxing than ballet. With 24 b/w photographs.
In 2003, Streb established S.L.A.M. (Stereo Lab for Action Mechanics) in Brooklyn, NY. The company performs in theaters around the country as well as in its own massive performance space in Williamsburg. Streb has received numerous fellowships and awards including a MacArthur Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and on-going support from the National Endowment for the Arts. An actress, playwright, and professor, Anna Deavere Smith is the recipient of two Obies, two Tony nominations, and a Macarthur fellowship. She was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for her play Fires in the Mirror. Appearing in several films including Philadelphia, Rachael Getting Married, and The American President, Smith has a recurring role on Nurse Jackie. Peggy Phelan, author of Mourning Sex: performing public memories, is the chair of the drama department at Stanford University.