The San Joaquin Couloir is one of Telluride’s most iconic backcountry lines. Greg Hope is one of the town’s best-known rippers. In 64 mph, the two meet for one slough-dodging, high-velocity descent.
Elizabeth Streb believes humans can walk on walls, hover in space and fly. And she proves it. Streb is a choreographer who defines herself as a wildly extreme action architect. The heart and soul of Streb’s dance is closer to the philosophy of climbers and BASE jumpers than you might imagine. What these disciplines have in common is a theory of movement based on the inspiration to defy gravity. Born to Fly asks: Can adrenaline be a form of medicine? When does movement become art? What does it take for humans to fly? Profiling Streb and several of the dancers in her Extreme Action Company, filmmaker Catherine Gund shows a group of individuals who do not accept limitations in what the human body can do.