Chicago Moving Company
Watching Clinton's impeachment in the House of Representatives, we watched the power of Christian fundamentalism at work. Fundamentalist movements around the world--Muslim, Hindu, and Jewish as well as Christian--revere the law and believe in following it to the letter; the alternative, in their eyes, is punishment by a wrathful god or legislature. But Nana Shineflug in her evening-length piece Coming Forth by Day provides an antidote to fundamentalism from a surprising source--ancient Egyptian religion. Egyptians were the first to transcend the fear of god that motivates fundamentalists, and they were the first to approach godhead; the Egyptian Book of the Dead says, "At those moments when desire and will are still, I know the things that gods know." The legacy of that idea is our notion that a still voice in our hearts can be a divine voice and that a still voice is as powerful as the law. Shineflug's evocative text--drawn from the Egyptian Book of the Dead, including the sentence quoted above--delves deeply into these profound thoughts; particularly insightful are her sections called "Becoming a Crocodile" and "Becoming Ptah." Coupling the text with lean, muscular choreography, Shineflug creates a 45-minute piece that's shockingly vivid. Friday and Saturday at 8 in the auditorium of the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State; $12-$15. Call 773-880-5402 for tickets and information.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Jennifer Girard.