Open Company Classes
Fridays at 1pm – $10
Pulaski Park Field House

12/1 with Christina Gonzalez-Gillett
12/8 with Philip Elson
12/15 with Cara Sabin


The Making — PREMIERE
November *9, 10, 11 and *16, 17, 18, 7:30pm
Pulaski Park Field House, 1419 W. Blackhawk

See The Seldoms’ newest dance work unfold as a roaming performance through one of Chicago’s historic field houses. 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.

Show starts at 7:30pm sharp. No late seating.
$25 at the door, $20 advance

PARKING available at St Stanislaus Kostka Church at Noble & Evergreen, east of Pulaski Park.
ENTRANCE to fieldhouse is on NW corner, on Blackhawk at Cleaver.


choreographer/director Carrie Hanson • visual artists Bob Faust, Faheem Majeed, Fraser Taylor • sound designer/composer Mikhail Fiksel • musician Chihsuan Yang • video Liviu Pasare • lighting designer Julie Ballard • costumer Melissa Leandro • The Ensemble: Philip Elson, Sarah Gonsiorowski, Christina Gonzalez-Gillett, Damon Green, Matthew McMunn, Cara Sabin, Hannah Santistevan

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.



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.

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