Ascension. Whitney on Site New Commissions Downtown


Inside Ascension

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To prepare for the opening of the Whitney Museum of Art’s new building in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District, the museum has commissioned multiple projects on the building’s site, including Ascension by choreographer Elizabeth Streb.

Known for her extreme mixture of dance, athletics, circus and Hollywood stunt-work, Streb’s work promises to be a thrilling climb. Ascension will be performed by nine members of the STREB Extreme Action Company to the music of David Van Tiegem on a 21-foot rotating ladder. The 15-minute piece will be performed July 7-9 at 3 pm and 5 pm.

To learn what it’s like to perform this piece and other gravity-defying STREB works, check out this NYC ARTS interview with Action Hero Fabio Silva.

Ascension is not the first Streb/Whitney collaboration. Her choreographed version of Breaking Ground was performed in May at the Whitney’s groundbreaking ceremony and involved 1,500 pounds of dirt raining on Streb and six dancers diving through panes of glass. She also performed a work by Trisha Brown, walking down the exterior of Whitney’s Marcel Breuer building (from roof to sidewalk) in September 2010 .

New works will continue be presented at the future museum site over the next few years.

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