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Preview: Kiss the Air

Teams of acrobats and dancers perform gravity-defying stunts in Elizabeth Streb's new show. 

  • Photograph: Tom Caravaglia

    STREB Kiss the Air

  • Photograph: Tom Caravaglia

    STREB Kiss the Air

  • Photograph: Tom Caravaglia

    STREB Kiss the Air

Photograph: Tom Caravaglia

STREB Kiss the Air

Kids will be wowed by Streb Lab for Action Mechanics' new show, , before it even starts. Upon entering the Park Avenue Armory's 55,000-square-foot Wade Thompson Drill Hall, they'll encounter an impressive sight: a series of metal trusses and ladders reaching to the ceiling, and below, a swimming pool. A team of dancers and acrobats spins and twirls in the air, soaring at high speeds and in some instances dipping into the water.

Set to an original score intended to mimic the internal sounds of the body, the performances range in length from two to ten minutes. "We're exhibiting the notion that there's nothing the body can't do if it sets its mind to it," says company founder Elizabeth Streb. A perfect lesson for audiences of all ages.

Kiss the Air plays Dec 14 to 22 at the Park Avenue Armory.

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