Our bodies’ relationship to power infuses our language. We have an “appetite” for power. We “hunger” and “thirst” for it. We “chase” power. For her sumptuous new dance theater work, choreographer Carrie Hanson invited playwright Stuart Flack to collaborate with her dynamo dancers and design team—a first for the Seldoms—to take these linguistic cues in order to investigate how we understand and deploy power.
Set off by current political gridlock, Hanson’s astute study of power—how it is acquired, taken, wielded; how it is expressed by the body; how it can be deployed for progressive action or conversely create gridlock—is a breakthrough in dance and theater collaboration. Hanson created the work with the playwright, the Seldoms dancers, visual artist Sarah Krepp, designer Bob Faust, sound designer Mikhail Fiksel, costume designer Jeffrey Hancock, lighting designer Julie Ballard, and historian Michael J. Kramer.