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Chicago Tribune Preview of “The Fifth”

The Seldoms explore the dark web in Philip Elson’s ‘The Fifth’ By Laura Molzahn October 4, 2016 During the recent presidential debate, candidates were asked specifically about cyberattacks. Because when it comes to national security, the battlefield is no longer just about troops and boots, it’s about cyber recruiting, reconnaissance and warfare — what’s been […]

“RockCitizen” Review by Chicago Reader

May 12, 2016 Brianna Wellen Cara, take off your bra,” Sarah Gonsiorowski bawls into a megaphone in the opening scene of RockCitizen. And as the other dancers look on, Cara Sabin wriggles out of her bra and tosses it onto the catwalk above the stage. “Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose,” the […]

Carrie Hanson on New City’s “Players 2016: The Fifty People Who Really Perform for Chicago”

Carrie Hanson’s company The Seldoms has long been a vehicle for performance that uses dance theater and stagecraft to question the most pressing concerns of our time, from environmentalism to economics. This year, Hanson and her collaborators took The Seldoms’ theater of inquiry to a breathtaking new level with “Power Goes.” Inspired by the political […]

Carrie Hanson named “Chicagoan of the Year in Dance” by Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune December 23, 2015 By Laura Molzahn Politics and dance make strange bedfellows. Issue-oriented dance is generally either too oblique, burying the politics, or too overt, becoming preachy and unconvincing, except to the choir. Balancing these two extremes, choreographer Carrie Hanson makes politically oriented pieces so passionate yet nuanced it can be difficult to […]

“Power Goes” named on “Best of Chicago 2015” list

New City “Best of Chicago” 2015 by Sarah Conway Some choreographers make movement for movement’s sake, some are inspired by music or an image, some turn to traditional narrative and folklore as subject matter. And then there’s Carrie Hanson. The artistic director of The Seldoms finds her muse in the headlines, history and the pressing […]

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 […]

“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 […]