Trina, I really liked the physicality too (but I'm biased because I know one of the performers and always think what she does is spectacular), but I thought the elements of the show as a whole needed more development. It's one thing to do a preview or a festival with the "lets put on a show" attitude but when you're charging me $35 USD (which works out to about $50 Canadian) I expect production value! I want good sound, lights, set changes, I want it all.
<P>I was just really really glad I wasn't one of the performers when Streb announced their ages and *weight*, LOL. <P>I mentioned Cirque du Soleil because Streb has said that her work incorporates:<BR> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>"elements from boxing and circus acts"<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><BR>I agree with you that what Cirque does is a different thing altogether but I'm still left wondering where Streb is trying to take this. Is she going for the general audience, a la Cirque, or the more sophisticated theatre audience? If she's going for both I'm not so sure she's doing it successfully. It felt unfocused to me, i.e., the colorful circus-like unitards juxtaposed against the industrial set. The artistic content isn't really sophisticated enough for a dance audience and the movement isn't gymnastic enough to compete with Cirque, or if you prefer an American reference, The Blue Man Group whose production values are a lot higher than Streb's. <P>