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Chicago Tribune Preview of “The Fifth”

The Seldoms explore the dark web in Philip Elson’s ‘The Fifth’ By Laura Molzahn October 4, 2016 During the recent presidential debate, candidates were asked specifically about cyberattacks. Because when it comes to national security, the battlefield is no longer just about troops and boots, it’s about cyber recruiting, reconnaissance and warfare — what’s been […]

Carrie Hanson on New City’s “Players 2016: The Fifty People Who Really Perform for Chicago”

Carrie Hanson’s company The Seldoms has long been a vehicle for performance that uses dance theater and stagecraft to question the most pressing concerns of our time, from environmentalism to economics. This year, Hanson and her collaborators took The Seldoms’ theater of inquiry to a breathtaking new level with “Power Goes.” Inspired by the political […]

Carrie Hanson named “Chicagoan of the Year in Dance” by Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune December 23, 2015 By Laura Molzahn Politics and dance make strange bedfellows. Issue-oriented dance is generally either too oblique, burying the politics, or too overt, becoming preachy and unconvincing, except to the choir. Balancing these two extremes, choreographer Carrie Hanson makes politically oriented pieces so passionate yet nuanced it can be difficult to […]

“Power Goes” named on “Best of Chicago 2015” list

New City “Best of Chicago” 2015 by Sarah Conway Some choreographers make movement for movement’s sake, some are inspired by music or an image, some turn to traditional narrative and folklore as subject matter. And then there’s Carrie Hanson. The artistic director of The Seldoms finds her muse in the headlines, history and the pressing […]

The Seldoms are first resident artist at National Center for Choreography

“New National Center for Choreography up and running (and dancing) at University of Akron” By Zachary Lewis, The Plain Dealer July 30, 2015 AKRON, Ohio – Add modern dance to the Rubber City’s list of exports. The new home of only the second National Center for Choreography in the United States, Cleveland’s neighbor to the […]

“Best of Local Dance” by New City

In dance, “best” can mean a lot of things; it can mean technical excellence and versatility, it can mean critical and/or national acclaim, it can mean popularity with audiences and community engagement, it can mean stylistic innovation or masterful preservation, pristine formalism or courageous vulnerability. Chicago is home to growing ranks of companies that fit […]

Carrie Hanson – “25 to Watch” in 2012 by Dance Magazine

Chicago choreographer Carrie Hanson has it all: a probing mind, a social conscience, and a gift for pared-down, abstract dancemaking that nevertheless tells a story. “Infusing meaning into movement—that’s one of my core values,” she says. No navel-gazer, she increasingly sees choreography as “a means to explore and research and think about other topics, relevant […]

Carrie Hanson – “The Players: 50 People Who Really Perform for Chicago” 2012

Over their ten-year history, Carrie Hanson and her company The Seldoms have become associated with site-specific work. Last year’s “Stupormarket” used our beleaguered economy as its location, investigating the meltdown and making a case for Keynesian economics while being tremendously entertaining. This month, The Seldoms will present “This Is Not A Dance Concert” in the […]

Stupormarket: Named Best of 2011

“Stupormarket,” the Seldoms, February, Stage 773. Carrie Hanson and company not only delivered sharp, entertaining dance, but shrewdly explored the financial meltdown and economic theory, down to and including voiceover commentary from Nobel laureate Paul Krugman as part of the soundtrack.

Carrie Hanson – “The Players: 50 People Who Really Perform for Chicago” 2010

Carrie Hanson and her company The Seldoms have gained a reputation for making dance in unusual places; her site-specific, thoughtful performances feature collaborations with Chicago artists of every stripe and have earned the company a MacArthur Grant as well as an invitation to perform Hanson’s new work “Marchland” at the MCA and the Isadora Festival […]