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The Seldoms are first resident artist at National Center for Choreography

“New National Center for Choreography up and running (and dancing) at University of Akron” By Zachary Lewis, The Plain Dealer July 30, 2015 AKRON, Ohio – Add modern dance to the Rubber City’s list of exports. The new home of only the second National Center for Choreography in the United States, Cleveland’s neighbor to the […]

“Power Goes” – seechicagodance.com Review

The Seldoms’ “Power Goes:” Food For Thought By Lynn Colburn Shapiro, seechicagodance.com One of the best things about The Seldoms’ “Power Goes” (Museum of Contemporary Art, March 20-29) is that its intelligence is so thoroughly organic, not an easy thing to carry off when you’re dancing about Lyndon Baines Johnson! But dance they do, with […]

“Power Goes” – Chicago Reader Review

Dance meets multimedia spectacle in the stunning Power Goes By Brianna Wellen, Chicago Reader The Seldoms are no strangers to political themes: Stupormarket (2011) explored the nation’s economic crisis, Exit Disclaimer (2012) focused on the debate surrounding climate change, and Monument, a 2008 work revived in 2013, took on consumerism and the environment. What’s different […]

“Power Goes” – Chicago Tribune Review

“With fist jabs and shifting smiles, ‘Power Goes’ is politics of LBJ” by Laura Molzahn, Chicago Tribune Herding cats: Now there’s a skill politicians could use today. Lyndon Baines Johnson, our folksy dictator-president of the ’60s, had it by the ton, alternately muscling and charming his victim-cohorts into obedience, passing the legislation he wanted, including […]

“How To Get Power: The Seldoms Dance with Lyndon Baines Johnson” (an essay by dramaturg Michael J. Kramer)

What I believe is always true about power is that power always reveals. — Robert Caro, Johnson biographer Lyndon Baines Johnson, thirty-sixth president of the United States, was an imposing man. Six foot four, from the destitute Hill Country region of Texas, he had a lust for domination and control that was legendary. His main ambition sometimes […]

Troubling Knowledge (an essay by dramaturg Michael J. Kramer)

The Atmosphere of Exit Disclaimer: Science and Fiction Ahead “If you think you can solve a serious environmental question like global warming without actually confronting the question of by whom and how the foundational value structure of our society is being determined, then you are kidding yourself.” — David Harvey, Companion to Marx’s Capital Exit […]

Monument – Chicago Tribune review

“The Seldoms’ ‘Monument’ triumphs over trash” DANCE REVIEW: The Seldoms “Monument” at Stage 773 September 28, 2013 | By Laura Molzahn | Special to the Tribune Carrie Hanson’s “Monument” is a big, noisy children’s game with a deadly serious intent. Heedless, the six Seldoms performers make faces and toss themselves and others around like toys […]

Reader Recommends “Mix With Six”

The Assorted Bonbons of The Seldoms “Mix With Six” “Dancers turned choreographers in DIY showcase” by Laura Molzahn For “Mix With Six,” the Seldoms’ first-ever company showcase, artistic director Carrie Hanson asked her dancers to step outside their comfort zones and choreograph. Five of the six did, with remarkably fine results. Two of them—like Hanson […]

“Best of Local Dance” by New City

In dance, “best” can mean a lot of things; it can mean technical excellence and versatility, it can mean critical and/or national acclaim, it can mean popularity with audiences and community engagement, it can mean stylistic innovation or masterful preservation, pristine formalism or courageous vulnerability. Chicago is home to growing ranks of companies that fit […]

Exit Disclaimer – The Reader Critic’s Choice

“Dancing around the issue” Carrie Hanson looks at how we look at climate change in Exit Disclaimer: Science and Fiction Ahead By Laura Molzahn Seldoms artistic director Carrie Hanson picked a couple contentious questions to explore in her new 75-minute dance-theater work, Exit Disclaimer: Science and Fiction Ahead: Is climate change real? And if it […]

The Seldoms with WCdance of Taiwan – seechicagodance.com review

The Seldoms with WCdance By Laura Molzahn The Seldoms’ joint concert with Taiwan-based WCdance takes place at the intersection of Nature and Civilization. But the balance, the equation, is weighted differently for each of the three surprisingly polished works on the program. WCdance artistic director WenChung Lin and his six performers arrived in Chicago on […]

The Seldoms with WCdance – Chicago Tribune Review

Fresh takes in movement highlight WCdance program By Sid Smith, Special to the Tribune Carrie Hanson and the Seldoms are working with a troupe called WCdance, visiting here from Taiwan. The Seldoms will travel this fall to Taiwan, where the two troupes will perform together again. Meanwhile, WCdance is here now, playing with the Seldoms […]