The Seldoms, from Chicago, led by Artistic Director Carrie Hanson, return to Cincinnati after 5 years. They are bringing one of their most powerful new works to Cincinnati for Inauguration weekend.
The company will present Power Goes, a dance-theater work that explores the nature of political power and its relationship to social action and change. Carrie Hanson read and was intrigued by Robert Caro’s biography of Lyndon Baines Johnson in which LBJ’s thirst for power, his cunning and his achievements as Senate Majority Leader and later as President are detailed. Politics as performance, which certainly resonates today. It is not about ‘the best argument winning’ but about the persuasion, coercion and best performance winning. But in today’s political ‘shutdown’ where are the LBJ’s who can get things moving, where is the leadership in American politics?
Power Goes is a dance theater work combining physical action and contemporary dance, spoken word, sound design including recorded voice and historical recordings, visual design including text/video/photo, and installation incorporating both literal (object) and abstract (painterly) gestures.