French choreographer Maud Le Pladec makes her North American debut at the MCA with “Democracy, ” an experimental exploration of discourse, collective action and resistance via movement and rhythm. “Democracy” is the second piece in a three-part collaboration between Le Pladec and the drummers of Bang on a Can music collective. The drummers perform on stage, interacting with the five dancers clad in jeans, tee shirts and sneakers, who respond to and at times resist the shifting rhythms that flood the air. “What is more liberating and more binding than for a body to be confronted by a rhythm?” Le Pladec posits in a prior interview. For her, the body in conversation or conflict with rhythm is democracy in action—an insurgent democracy, fraught with complication and contradiction. (Sharon Hoyer)
Maud Le Pladec at the Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 East Chicago, (312)397-4010. Saturday, May 3 at 7:30pm and Sunday, May 4 at 3pm. $28.