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William Frederking

The new, hour-long Stupormarket is a "low-budget project," says Seldoms choreographer Carrie Hanson, featuring costumes by her and Goodwill. But its scope is huge—nothing less than an exploration of New Keynesian vs. neoclassical perspectives on our economy. Hanson has combined edited versions of two 2009 pieces—Thrift and Death of a (Prada) Salesman—with lots of new material to create a dance for eight that includes projected, recorded, and spoken texts. Don't expect detailed statistical analysis, though. Instead, the piece embodies, often with disturbing clarity, the psychology of a faltering economy: reduced expectations, heightened competition, and (if we're lucky) an increased sense of community. Set to Richard Woodbury's sound score, Stupormarket can be heartbreaking, workmanlike, or bleakly humorous. But it's never boring—a pleasant surprise for a work devoted to the dismal science. It also suggests that Hanson has only just scratched the surface of issues that might bedevil us for a long, long time.  Thu-Sat 2/17-2/19, 8 PM, Sun 2/20, 3 PM, Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont, 773-327-5252,, $18. —Laura Molzahn

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