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Sunday, August 5, 2012

A different kind of Olympic feat

Waterfall from Surprises: Streb. (Photo: Julian Andrews)

Do you have a case of Olympic fever? I confess it: I do! Dramatic displays of strength, speed, and artistry. The thrill of victory, the agony of…okay, I’ll stop it, but I do always look forward to the Games.

Here’s a different kind of Olympic feat: Dancer/choreographer Elizabeth Streb’s Surprises: Streb, a day-long event held a few weeks ago which found dancers and acrobats interacting with London landmarks in truly unexpected ways. Take a look at the slideshow on The Daily Telegraph. One caption refers to them as “extreme dancers.” Indeed!

And as long as we’re talking about where arts meet sport: Maria Popova of Brain Pickings last week pointed the way to this Wikipedia list of Olympic medals in arts competitions (including a “Dramatic Works” category). Whoa!


  1. Nice - looks like fun!

    I do remember the story on Olympic Poetry on NPR - it was a good reminder of why the arts and competitions don't often mix well.

    Now, if they ever announce an Olympic medal for Procrastination, I might be able to win that event . . . if I could ever get around to competing.

    1. Yeah, I'd have to work pretty hard to get around to that one too. Hmmm...