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Open Company Classes
Tuesdays, 12-1:15pm
Pulaski Park Field House, 1419 W Blackhawk
$10/class or $40/5 classes

Every Tuesday we open our class to advanced and professional dancers.
May 21, 28 with Assistant Director, Christina Gonzalez-Gillett

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FLOE — new project premiering January 2020

Floe is a dance theater work about climate instability: vanishing polar ice, rising sea levels, extreme weather, forced migration, the tension between denial and evidence, and adaptation and resilience. The performance work, by turns irreverent and elegiac, embodies the fragmentation of our global conversation on climate change as it veers from anti-science conspiracy theories to the very real and urgent impacts of global warming. Floe premieres at the Union Theater at UWMadison in January 2020 and at the Art Institute of Chicago in April 2020 on Earth Day.

related/upcoming events:

 

“Reading Dance” — an early glimpse of Floe
Tuesday, July 16, 6:30pm
West Loop Branch, Chicago Public Library
FREE

Floe is under construction and we’d like to show you a bit of what we’ve built. Join us for this free, informal Performance & Talk at the fantastic, newly opened CPL West Loop Branch. We’ll invite you to “read” our dance and share how our reading of the classic American novel Moby Dick has inspired and informed Floe.  Just in time for the 200th anniversary of Herman Melville’s birthday!

Floe + Losing Miami
Thursday, November 7, 7pm
Poetry Foundation, Chicago
FREE

Floe is dance theater with a literary and poetic impulse. In this evening of poetry & dance,  collaborator/playwright Seth Bockley, AD Carrie Hanson & the ensemble will share excerpts of Floe and poet Gabriel Ojeda-Sagué will present selections of his book, “Losing Miami”, a bilingual experiment in grieving the potential sinking of Miami due to climate change and rising sea levels.
 

Summer Intensive 2019
August 19-23
9:30am-3pm
Pulaski Park Field House, 1419 W Blackhawk

Bring your curiosity, rigorous focus, and good energy to our annual Summer Intensive.  Led by Artistic Director Carrie Hanson, Assistant Director Christina Gonzalez-Gillett, and ensemble members, the week includes sessions in modern/contemporary technique, extended phrasework, repertory, body conditioning PLUS a new component this year—learn/make/explore a new short work created by ensemble member & choreographer Philip Elson.

Full Intensive: $450
REGISTER HERE
Complete information about schedule coming soon.

 

 

The TOOLBOX Project

In July 2017, The Seldoms commenced TOOLBOX,  a project dedicated to process and invention. In this first phase, we traveled to Glasgow to work with visual artists Fraser Taylor, Frances Lightbound, Inês Coelho, Callum Rice and Doug Stapleton at House for an Art Lover  and The Workroom at Tramway and had a cross-disciplinary dialogue around how to translate visual art tactics into choreographic tactics. Artistic Director Carrie Hanson initiated TOOLBOX as a way to spark new ways of making. The visual artists come out of a wide set of practices including painting, printmaking, sculpture, film, performance, photography, collage and design. Together we shared our processes and terminologies that inform our respective practices, from which Hanson and the dancers assembled a list of action-based words that had resonance with the body,  aiming research around prompting movement within the individual’s body, a foundational impulse before moving into choreography. Toolbox will continue to be developed in exchanges with Chicago visual artists.

This project made possible by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s International Connections Fund.

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