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Open Company Classes
Tuesdays, 12-1:15pm (resume on Feb 4)
Pulaski Park Field House, 1419 W Blackhawk
$10/class or $40/5 classes

For advanced and professional dancers.
We are in production Dec & Jan!  Classes will resume on Feb 4.
CLICK HERE to purchase 5-Class Bundle online.

 

 

Floe

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. With a stellar collaborating team: text by Seth Bockley, visual design by Bob Faust, projection by Liviu Pasare, sound design by Mikhail Fiksel, lighting design by Julie E. Ballard, and costume design by Jeff Hancock.

World Premiere
January 22-24, 2020
Wisconsin Union Theater

 

In Context/Excerpt performance
Floe: Dance & Dialogue about Climate Change
February 25, 6pm — FREE
Newberry Library, Chicago

Join us for an excerpt of Floe, alongside a talk by climate scientist Daniel Vimont of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies about the effects of climate change in the Midwest. Artistic director Carrie Hanson, ensemble members, collaborating writer Seth Bockley, and Vimont will make connections between Floe and current scientific realities and anticipated changes in our region.

 

April 3-4, 2020
presented by Contemporary Dance Theater
Aronoff Theater, Cincinnati

 

Chicago Premiere
April 22-25, 2020 (50th Anniversary of Earth Day!)
Art Institute of Chicago

 

Floe is supported by:
Lead Commissioner, Pam Crutchfield
Co-Commmissioner, Susan Manning
Commissioning Circle: Ann & Don Beeson, Bonnie Brooks, Patti Eylar & Charles Gardner, Mara Georges, Elizabeth Liebman, Dawn Romei
BECOME A COMMISSIONER of FLOE! Contact us at mail@theseldoms.org

Booking Information for Floe:
Frontera Arts, Lynn Fisher
lynn@fronteraarts.com
(512) 261-6979

 

 

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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