“If you’re not afraid up there, I would be upset,” choreographer and MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant recipient Elizabeth Streb says in the first trailer for “One Extraordinary Day,” world premiering at DOC NYC this week. “It’s not a normal thing to do.”
She’s got that right. Director Craig Lowy’s documentary follows Streb and her Extreme Action Company through auditions, rehearsals, and finally the performance: seven simultaneous feats of daring staged on London’s most iconic landmarks (the London Eye, the Millennium Bridge) during the 2012 Summer Olympics. Each gorgeous leap into the air also courts danger, and each passing day sees the central question—can they pull it off?—grow more tense.
“My heart was in my throat the whole day,” Streb comments, and watching the trailer may give you a similar sensation.