Horizontal | Vertical
Studio Series with Philip Elson
Fridays in May, 1-2:15pm
Pulaski Park Field House, 1419 W. Blackhawk

$10/class or $35/series of 4 classes
Refine your body’s relationship with gravity in this 4-week class series specializing in progressive floor and inversion work. Reorient your body in space to enhance range of motion, strength, and advance your ability to manipulate qualities in real time through dynamic movement phrases in all levels of space. We’ll go up, down, and all around – pushing for new experiences to find new relationships within and outside the body.



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 — Vibrant Community, Kinetic Intensity
August 13-17
9:30am – 1pm
Pulaski Park Field House

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

Artistic Director Carrie Hanson and company members join with you and dancers from across the region to explore, express, experiment, and expand. Our intensive reflects our values — vigor in movement, rigor in curiosity, strength in the individual, sharing with community. Each day opens with body conditioning, ranging from yoga to cross-fit challenges, followed by modern/contemporary technique with live music by Bob Garrett. The third session introduces you to The Seldoms’ repertory and process.


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



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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