Carrie Hanson on New City’s “Players 2016: The Fifty People Who Really Perform for Chicago”
January 19th, 2016 | Sharon Hoyer
Carrie Hanson’s company The Seldoms has long been a vehicle for performance that uses dance theater and stagecraft to question the most pressing concerns of our time, from environmentalism to economics. This year, Hanson and her collaborators took The Seldoms’ theater of inquiry to a breathtaking new level with “Power Goes.” Inspired by the political career of Lyndon B. Johnson, the show explores ideas of dominance and intimidation with the rigor of a scholarly article and the pacing, wit and visual bang of the best popular entertainment. Hanson’s upcoming “RockCitizen” is a companion piece to “Power Goes,” using rock music of the sixties as the framework for an examination of citizenship and counterculture.