Sidewalk Dances
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Because it will be some time before performance venues open up, we’re introducing By-Your-Sidewalk Dances. That’s right—we’ll bring the dance right to you, all at a safe distance. You, your roommates, your family, your dog can watch a Seldoms pop-up performance from your balcony or front window or the front yard (hey, invite the neighbors!) and we’ll maintain our own 6′ between one another. You can commission a 15-30 minute dance-at-your-doorstep performance for yourself, or for someone you know who might need an energetic lift. We’ll customize the experience to meet your schedule, your budget, and Chicago weather.  INQUIRE at

20% of earned funds will be donated to Forward Momentum Chicago, who provides quality dance education to communities with limited arts access.



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


Chicago Premiere POSTPONED
April 22-25, 2020 at 7pm (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, Tom McNulty, Dawn Romei



Open Company Classes   Discontinued until further notice
Tuesdays, 12-1:15pm

For advanced and professional dancers.
$10/class or $40/5 classes
CLICK HERE to purchase 5-Class Bundle online.




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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