Surprises were happening even at curtain. During early rehearsals when Elizabeth Streb was away, Anne Bogart presented the dancers with text even though Streb was for it. And, during the run, in their friendly-taunting, Streb added more “substances” to the set although Bogart didn’t’ really for that. For the first time ever, Streb and Bogart joined forces after a collective sixty-one years in the business to make FALLING & LOVING. As is expected for any Streb production, in FALLING & LOVING she designed a monstrous structure, fondly called the “guck machine,” that would serve as a major part of the action. Picture a large sandbox with ledges that frame a big square space, and above, stings connected to tons of buckets that would expel varied substances. Bogart is from the world of theater and believes in shared partnership of collaboration. Bogart, Streb and Mee were all in.
Their balance of quirky text and daring dance/movement that seamlessly melds these disparate companies speak for itself. Much like the two bowling balls that’s manipulated and pendulum from side to side with differing speed, the same goes for this powerful show. Mee’s words come through in the very fast mix of movement and text, and his words cement and balance the forgiving love against the weighted love. In the midst to this cacophonous 90 minutes, one line goes: “a person begins to freak out,” and yes, we probably should “get up and run,” but we don’t because FALLING & LOVING is fulfilling and every unpredicted moment deserves our patience. We never know what words will match what action or vice versa. Streb’s “guck machine” could expel flour, sugar, water, molasses, confetti, feathers, paint balls, sprinkles, or popcorn. And, whenever they are prompted, the cast of 12 would breakout in dance number with all systems go; and it’s wild, really wild. But all does get “resolved.” “I find you give delight to me.” Yes, that’s right, a delight indeed, goes another memorable line.
Members of SITI Company are: Akiko Aizawa, Will Bond, Leon Ingulsrud, Ellen Lauren, Barney O’Hanlon and Stephen Duff Webber
Members of STREB EXTREME ACTION are: Kairis Daniels, Luciany Germán, Chance Hill, Julia Karis, Brigitte Manga and Fabio Tavares.