Open Company Classes
Fridays at 1pm – $10
Pulaski Park Studio, 1419 W Blackhawk
August 25 with Cara Sabin
September 1 – no class
The TOOLBOX Project
In July, 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 fall.
This project made possible by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s International Connections Fund.
Sweat15 — WorkOut for The Seldoms
September 9, 9:30am
Foster Beach/Margate Fieldhouse
GET SWEATY and SUPPORT THE SELDOMS 15th Anniversary at the same time! Join us for Sweat15 — three 15-minute workouts designed to challenge your strength, endurance and general mobility; perfect for athletes of all levels and abilities.
Suggested Donation: $20 (or more). Post-workout water, juices and fresh, light fare will be provided.
Three workouts with three dancer/athletes!
⇒ Julius Carter — The Seldoms member 2008-09, former Broadway dancer in Spiderman and others, former fitness instructor. Presently a JD candidate at the University of Chicago, and an avid cyclist and athlete.
⇒ Sarah Gonsiorowski — The Seldoms member 2015-present, Barre Instructor at Flywheel Sports, and devotee of CrossFit.
⇒ Philip Elson — The Seldoms member 2008-present, teacher of modern/contemporary dance, practitioner of yoga.
LOCATION: the grassy park south of Foster Beach, near Margate Park fieldhouse.
Preview: The Making
with collaborator Faheem Majeed
September 19, 6:30pm
6100 S Blackstone Ave
The company shares an excerpt of The Making in an informal evening of performance and conversation with artist Faheem Majeed and choreographer/artistic director Carrie Hanson. Majeed is one of three visual artists designing The Making, to premiere in November at Pulaski Park. In collaboration with Blackstone Bicycle Works, a community bikeshop and youth education program at Experimental Station, Majeed directed the creation of a large-scale painting, formed by riding and treading across a massive piece of fabric.
Elevate Chicago Dance
October 20, 7:30pm
Dance Center of Columbia College
The Making — PREMIERE
November *9, 10, 11 and *16, 17, 18, 7:30pm
Pulaski Park Fieldhouse, 1419 W. Blackhawk
See The Seldoms’ newest dance work, The Making, unfold as a roaming performance through one of Chicago’s historic fieldhouses. 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 offer experiences of seeing, partially seeing or not seeing at all. The Making suggests that our recognition and understanding of others is tenuous and fragile, based on eyes that become organs either of empathy or division.
choreographer/director Carrie Hanson • visual artists Bob Faust, Faheem Majeed, Fraser Taylor • sound designer Mikhail Fiksel • lighting designer Julie Ballard • costumer Melissa Leandro • The Ensemble: Philip Elson, Sarah Gonsiorowski, Christina Gonzalez-Gillett, Damon Green, Matthew McMunn, Cara Sabin, Hannah Santistevan
TICKETS (on sale soon)
$25 at the door, $20 advance
*FREE performances on 11/9 and 11/16
The Making is presented as part of the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks series, supported by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
PARKING available at St Stanislaus Kostka Church at Noble & Evergreen, east of Pulaski Park.
The Making enjoys commissioning support from Texas Performing Arts at the University of Texas at Austin, with additional support from the Martha Struthers Farley and Donald C. Farley, Jr. Family Foundation, The MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, Saints Foundation, Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelly Foundation, Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation, and many generous individuals. The Seldoms are in residency at Pulaski Park, through the Chicago Park District’s Arts Partners in Residence Program, which unites artists and communities in Chicago’s parks.