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“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 […]

This Is Not A Dance Concert: Chicago Tribune Review

The Seldoms celebrate at Harris by reaching out often. By Sid Smith, Special to the Tribune. Marking their 10th anniversary, the Seldoms celebrated over the weekend by converting the Harris Theater into their own deconstructionist romper room. Part performance and part guided tour, “This Is Not a Dance Concert” also reversed roles, or at least […]

Dissecting the Big Time: The Seldoms Turn the Harris into a Playground

Recommended Dance; New City. By Sharon Hoyer. A stirring dance show can make a body want to dance right out of the theater, swinging around railings and leaping down stairs. The Seldoms get to do just that as lobbies, stairwells, backstage, balconies, the primo seats and—why not?—the stage too, as every corner of the Harris […]

Carrie Hanson – “25 to Watch” in 2012 by Dance Magazine

Chicago choreographer Carrie Hanson has it all: a probing mind, a social conscience, and a gift for pared-down, abstract dancemaking that nevertheless tells a story. “Infusing meaning into movement—that’s one of my core values,” she says. No navel-gazer, she increasingly sees choreography as “a means to explore and research and think about other topics, relevant […]