CULTURE: SEA by STREB, a Gravity-Defying Performance (5.23.18)
We've been incredibly impressed with the recent lineup of events Brookfield Place has been putting on for the community. Coming up? Elizabeth Streb’s SEA (Singular Extreme Actions) kicks off Brookfield Place New York’s Summer 2018 events line up . The one-of-a-kind thrilling daredevil performermance happens May 24th – May 26th at Brookfield Place’s Lower Plaza.
For one weekend only, SEA at Brookfield Place will host free performances Thursday, May 24th and Friday, May 25th at 12:30PM and 6:00PM. On Saturday, May 26th, a complimentary Kid Action class is available from 9-11AM (registration required), plus a final performance at 12:30PM. STREB’s resident DJ & Emcee complements the unique “POPACTION” choreography that combines dance, athletics, circus and stunt work.
We spoke with founder Elizabeth Streb to learn more...
We are so excited for SEA! What makes SEA so unique?
What STREB invents and performs is unique from any other live performance event. We believe that action, humans and machines pushed to their limits incite a certain disbelief in anyone watching. Essentially we do not camouflage gravity, while we do use specialized mat surfaces, a body landing from 15 to 20 feet up lands with unprecedented impact. This is a critical factor in our performances, the performers are willing to go to spatial and force based levels that humans on their own do not encounter.
What should locals know about SEA?
They will see a plethora of Action Events, each with its very own machinery that takes the performers to unknown spots in space. These action events are based on Elizabeth Streb’s belief that humans can fly even though they don’t do it the way birds or butterflies do.
What are some of your favorite spots below Canal Street?
Exactly where we are performing, right outside Brookfield Properties. I’ve lived on Canal and Broadway ever since 1977 and my favorite spots below Canal Street are anywhere the general public gathers. The landscape created by humans and the unique places that exist there, humans mulling around, business people rushing to their jobs, children wandering and playing—it’s a gorgeous spectacle and we STREB will try our very best to honor just that, the human spectacle.
Are there ways for kids to get involved?
There will be a “KIDACTION” class on Saturday from 9am-11am. Limited walk-in spots will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Additionally, Brookfield Place is celebrating the launch of summer on May 26 with family-friendly activities from 9am-12pm, including performances, nautical crafts and free sailing (first-come, first-served).