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

Every Tuesday we open our class to advanced and professional dancers.
September 17 & 24 with Philip Elson
October 1 & 8 with Sarah Gonsiorowski
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FLOE — new project premiering January 2020

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. Floe premieres at the Union Theater at UWMadison in January 2020, tours to the Aronoff Theater in Cincinnati in early April, and opens later that month at the Art Institute of Chicago on April 22, the 5oth Anniversary of Earth Day!


related/upcoming events:


“Reading Dance”
A series of FREE work-in-progress Floe showings at Chicago’s libraries
Tuesday, July 16, 6:30pm at West Loop Branch, CPL
Wednesday, September 18, 6pm at Chinatown Branch, CPL

Join us for these free, informal Performance & Talk events at two of Chicago’s fantastic, newly opened Chicago Public Library branches. We’ll invite you to “read” our dance and share how our research involves diverse reading materials, from Herman Melville’s Moby Dick to Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming. 

Poetry & Dance: Floe — The Seldoms & Gabriel Ojeda-Sagué
Thursday, November 7, 7pm
Poetry Foundation, Chicago

Floe is dance theater with a literary and poetic impulse. In this evening of poetry & dance,  collaborator/playwright Seth Bockley, AD Carrie Hanson & the ensemble will share excerpts of Floe and poet Gabriel Ojeda-Sagué will present selections of his book, “Losing Miami”, a bilingual experiment in grieving the potential sinking of Miami due to climate change and rising sea levels.

Floe is supported by:
Lead Commissioner, Pam Crutchfield
Co-Commmissioner, Susan Manning
Commissioning Circle: Bonnie Brooks, Patti Eylar & Charles Gardner, Dawn Romei, Mara Georges




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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