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UNL Architecture, Dance, Computer Science & Engineering Students to Collaborate in Three-Day Residency with Company Dancers

Combining dance, athletics, rodeo, the circus and Hollywood-style stunt work into one amazing live performance, the “Extreme Action Heroes” of STREB are scheduled for a single, gravity-defying performance at the Lied Center on April 11 at 7:30 PM.

Founded in 1985, STREB tours extensively throughout the United States and internationally presenting performances and residencies and conducts year-round activity at its home studio/laboratory, the STREB LAB for ACTION MECHANICS (S.L.A.M.), located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The company is perhaps best known for its death-defying performances at the 2012 London Olympics.

“STREB is one of the most unique dance companies in the industry today,” said Bill Stephan, Executive Director of the Lied Center. “Their cutting-edge, dangerous talent will take your breath away.”

The STREB Extreme Action Company is committed to presenting its work in traditional and non-traditional venues and has been seen in public spaces throughout New York and across the country in such venues as Vanderbilt Hall in New York’s Grand Central Terminal, the Winter Garden of the World Financial Center in New York, in front of the Cyclone at Coney Island, on the mall outside the Smithsonian Institution, during a Minneapolis Twins and New York Yankees game at the Minnesota Metrodome, in the Anchorage under the Brooklyn Bridge, during intermission of the International Squash Tournament finals and at the State of Illinois Center in Chicago.

The company has received numerous awards including annual support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts and the NY City Department of Cultural Affairs. Throughout its history, STREB has been widely recognized by the philanthropic community and has received major support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Booth Ferris Foundation, the Open Society Institute, the Carnegie Corporation, the New England Foundation for the Arts, the Irvine Foundation, the New York Community Trust/Wallace Funds, Target, Chase and Philip Morris, to name a few. Over the years, several company dancers have been honored with Bessie New York Dance and Performance Awards.

STREB has been seen on the David Letterman Show, CBS Sunday Morning, CNN Showbiz Today, Nickelodeon, NBC’s Weekend Today, MTV, ABC Nightly News with Peter Jennings and on Larry King Live.

In lieu of a pre-performance talk, the Lied Center will host a very special showcase featuring a unique collaboration among UNL students from the Colleges of Dance, Computer Science & Engineering, and Architecture under the direction of STREB company dancers in the Johnny Carson Theater at 6:30 PM on April 11.

“The Lied Center and the University of Nebraska make every effort to connect our students with the many artistic masters that visit Lincoln,” said Stephan. “We were thrilled that STREB was able to devote so much time to our students. This is going to be such a unique and unforgettable performance for all of the students involved.”

Prior to an incredible performance on April 11, STREB dancers will lead students from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in an extensive three-day residency with UNL students majoring in Dance, Computer Science & Engineering, and Architecture. A group of students from each discipline are currently collaborating on a presentation centering on technology, science, design and movement. They will present their work to STREB dancers upon their arrival in Lincoln and under the expert guidance of STREB, will continue to develop the work until it is presented to the general public in the Johnny Carson Theater on April 11, prior to STREB’s Main Stage performance.

The performance is open to STREB ticket holders on a first come, first served basis.

The showcase will feature a special exhibition of architectural designs created by UNL students, choreography developed by UNL dancers featuring found objects and props, and robots from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s NIMBUS Lab.

“Part of my delight that STREB is coming for a residency with our dancers is the creative boost we are getting,” said Susan Levine Ourada, Associate Professor and Area Head of Dance at UNL. “We're making dance duets with large props and also collaborating with the computer engineers, both as homages to STREB and her work. These investigations push everyone's creative edges and it's gorgeous to watch the processes unfold. We can't wait to see what Ms. STREB has to say about our efforts,” said Levine Ourada.

This presentation is made possible in part with generous support from Liberty First Credit Union and Nebraska Lottery.

This presentation of STREB was made possible by the MetLife Community Connections Fund of the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project. Major support for NDP is also provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

This presentation is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Residency activities are funded, in part, by the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts and the Hixson-Lied endowment.

Ticket Information

Tickets to STREB on April 11 are available at LiedCenter.org, at the Box Office on 12th and R Streets, or by phone at 402-472-4747. Tickets start at just $34 for adults, $17 for students.