Saturday, March 4 at 8pm
Sunday, March 5 at 7pm
In Power Goes, The Seldoms collaborate with a stellar team of writers and designers to ask how power is wielded to make or stop social change. Turning to the legacy of President Lyndon B. Johnson and the tumultuous era of the 1960s, The Seldoms bring their explosive physicality and keen wit to this total-environment inquiry into the forces that cause – or block – progress toward a better world.
The piece draws upon the figure of President Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ) as both a subject and metaphor for a broader inquiry about power and its meaning throughout history. Power Goes positions the protest culture and back-door maneuverings of LBJ’s America with today’s social and political gridlock through the Seldoms’ signature ensemble work of gestural precision, humor, athleticism and sheer force.
The Seldoms Artistic Director and choreographer Carrie Hanson invited Chicago playwright Stuart Flack to collaborate with The Seldoms dancers and design team to create Power Goes. The Seldoms’ signature physicality and ensemble dance work interplay with spoken word, audio clips from Presidents Johnson and Obama and video projections of historic images.
Power Goes was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Power Goes is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund Project co-commissioned by Museum of Contemporary Art in partnership with Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and NPN. With major support from Elizabeth Liebman. Additional funding for Power Goes was provided by The Boeing Employee’s Community Fund and by a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events.
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Header Photo: William Frederking