We are a Chicago-based dance company that values making intelligent, visually rich dance theater driven by inquiry. We ground our inquiry in contemporary issues and the history of art and ideas, toward our pursuit of bold, exacting and potent physicality.
The Seldoms is in its fifteenth season. Under Carrie Hanson’s direction, the company is committed to bringing audiences an expanded experience of dance that ignites thought and understanding of real-world issues. With dance at the center of the work, the company’s vision extends to a total action and environment and includes collaboration with practitioners in fields as diverse as architecture, installation, video, sound, and fashion.With full-length works on pressing issues, such as the recent economic recession and the ongoing climate change debate, The Seldoms has built a reputation for “well-crafted and researched works that don’t hold forth a political agenda, but look instead at how these towering issues reflect back on our own humanity” (New City, which named The Seldoms Best Local Dance Company in 2012).
Their acclaimed dance theater work, Power Goes (2015), tours nationally. It was a commission by the Museum of Contemporary Art, and was awarded a National Performance Network Creation Fund and a National Dance Project Production Grant. Stupormarket, which examined the 2008 economic crisis, was named “Best of 2011” by the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Reader, and TimeOut Chicago. In 2015, The Seldoms were honored to be the first resident artist at the new National Center for Choreography at the University of Akron.
Nationally recognized collaborators include composer/sound designers Richard Woodbury and Mikhail Fiksel, playwright Stuart Flack, visual artists Bob Faust, Fraser Taylor and Jackie Kazarian, percussionist Timothy Daisy, and fashion designers Anke Loh and Maria Pinto. Local venues such as the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, The Dance Center of Columbia College have presented the group, which has also performed across the US.
The Seldoms has developed significant international connections, touring in Russia, Canada, and Taiwan, where—with generous funding from the MacArthur Foundation—the group collaborated in 2012 with WenChung Lin’s WCdance. The Seldoms is also well known for site-specific, multi-disciplinary works in unconventional sites, such as an architectural salvage warehouse, a truck garage, and an Olympic-sized outdoor pool.
The Seldoms is comprised of artists and educators who introduce the work and dance/performance in innovative ways to engage audiences, students and communities. We conduct an annual summer intensive, open company classes to community, and have appeared at forums for arts, education and the humanities throughout Chicago such as the Hyde Park Art Center, the Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA) and the Chicago Humanities Festival.
The Seldoms is in residency at Pulaski Park, through the Chicago Park District’s Arts Partners in Residence Program, which unites artists and communities in Chicago’s parks. The company provides free high-quality dance instruction to neighborhood youth.
- Artistic Staff
- Carrie Hanson, Artistic Director
- Christina Gonzalez-Gillett, Assistant Director
- Philip Elson, Media and Technology Coordinator
- Julie Ballard, Lighting Designer and Technical Director
- Board of Directors
- Heather Atkins
- Julius Carter
- Christina Gonzalez-Gillett
- Carrie Hanson
- Barbara Koenen
- Jane Madden, Board President
- Jill Mannor
Contact Carrie Hanson
1419 W Blackhawk St
Chicago, IL 60642
Photography throughout our website by Brian Kuhlmann, William Frederking, Kristie Kahns, Anthony La Penna, T.W. Li, and Dan Merlo.