The Making
November 2017


“If you want to see something really different, refreshing and thought-provoking, go see The Seldoms’ latest multimedia installment, The Making

“In The Making, dancers are heroic…”
Chicago Reader

The Making continues the company’s investigation of power that began with the dance theater works Power Goes and RockCitizen. The Making, a piece without words, considers states and positions of voicelessness — of powerlessness — drawing attention to the perceptual lenses that render a person, a people, a neighborhood, a nation visible or invisible. As bodies surge, collapse, stutter, endure, and assert themselves in three distinct settings designed by three visual artists, The Making offers experiences of seeing, partially seeing or not seeing at all, and suggests that our recognition and understanding of others is tenuous and fragile, based on eyes that become organs either of empathy or division.



Open Company Classes
Fridays at 1pm – $10
Pulaski Park Field House, 1419 W. Blackhawk

4/20 with Damon Green
4/27 with Cara Sabin


Power Goes (excerpt)
May 26, 2018
Spring to Dance Festival, Dance St. Louis
Touhill Performing Arts Center

The Seldoms returns to the 11th Annual Spring to Dance Festival with an excerpt of our acclaimed dance theater work,  Power Goes. This nationally-touring work looks at power through the figure and legacy of President Lyndon Baines Johnson. Power Goes was commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, and supported by the New England Foundation for the Arts National Dance Project and a National Performance Network Creation Fund.


June 21-23, 28-30, 2018 at 7pm
Links Hall/Constellation, Chicago

“It seduces the viewer: It’s drop-dead gorgeous.”
— Chicago Tribune

Enter the border zones of Marchland, a full-length dance where bodies and images vie for contested territory. In this dense terrain – formed by a kinetic film and live, percussive soundscore – highly charged action bursts forward. Featuring musicians Tim Daisy with Phillip Sudderberg (June 21-23) and Alex Inglizian (June 28-30)

choreographer/director Carrie Hanson • live music/design by Tim Daisy, Phillip Sudderberg, Alex Inglizian • animation by Fraser Taylor • costume design by Lara Miller • video by Nicholas O’Brien • lighting design by Julie Ballard • performance by Paige Cunningham Caldarella, Sarah Gonsiorowski,  Damon Green, Matthew McMunn, Cara Sabin, Hannah Santistevan


Summer Intensive 2018
August 13-17
9:30am – 1pm
Pulaski Park Field House Studio

Artistic Director Carrie Hanson and the entire company lead exciting, masterful daily sessions that will support your work as an artist, an athlete, a maker, and a technician.


9:30am – 10:30am Body Conditioning
10:30am – 12pm Modern/Contemporary Technique
12pm – 1pm Repertory | Creative Procedures

Full workshop: $200
One day: $40
(A la carte)
9:30am Somatics: $10
10:30am Technique: $15
12pm $15

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Space is limited. Registration is encouraged; drop-ins for individual classes are welcome pending space, not guaranteed.


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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