“Power Goes” named on “Best of Chicago 2015” list

December 4th, 2015 | By Sarah Conway

Some choreographers make movement for movement’s sake, some are inspired by music or an image, some turn to traditional narrative and folklore as subject matter. And then there’s Carrie Hanson. The artistic director of The Seldoms finds her muse in the headlines, history and the pressing issues of the times. Hanson’s new work at the MCA in March sprang from her reading of Robert Caro’s definitive four-volume biography of Lyndon B. Johnson. Hanson collaborated with a team of writers, visual artists, designers and a historian on an evening-length dance theater work on the unlikely subject of a president who used questionable means to achieve noble ends. The result was a fascinating exploration of physicality, language, dominance and power: between individuals, between the individual and the state, between groups and the state. Hanson continues her study of the 1960s American body politic next season with “RockCitizen.”

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