Power Goes | Museum of Contemporary Art | Dance | Chicago Reader
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The Seldoms are no strangers to political themes: Stupormarket (2011) explored the nation's economic crisis, Exit Disclaimer (2012) focused on the debate surrounding climate change, and Monument, a 2008 work revived in 2013, took on consumerism and the environment. What's different this time around is the contemporary dance company's specificity. Instead of tackling a broad subject, with Power Goes artistic director Carrie Hanson and her company zero in on one political target—Lyndon B. Johnson.

After reading Robert Caro's multivolume biography of LBJ, Hanson decided to use this evening-length piece to explore how he wielded his power to advance his landmark legislation, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Social Security Act of 1965, which established Medicare. But Power Goes also uses our 36th president as a lens for examining the ways all people exert—or in some cases forfeit—their strength. And while it employs video, audio clips, and a dangerously stacked tower of chairs, all this seems unnecessary once the group starts dancing. How better to represent a power struggle than to physically embody one? Continue reading >>

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