THE SELDOMS are in their fourteenth season. Under Carrie Hanson’s direction, the company is committed to bringing audiences an expanded experience of dance that ignites thought and understanding of real-world issues from dance’s own unique, embodied perspective. With dance at the center of the work, the company’s vision extends to a total action and environment and includes collaboration with artists and practitioners in fields as diverse as architecture, installation, video, sound, and fashion. With full-length works on pressing issues, such as the 2008 economic recession and the ongoing climate change debate, they have built a reputation for “well-crafted and researched works that don’t hold forth a political agenda, but look instead at how these towering issues reflect back on our own humanity” (New City, which named The Seldoms Best Local Dance Company in 2012). Power Goes, a commission by the Museum of Contemporary Art, was awarded a NEFA/National Dance Project Production Grant. Recently, The Seldoms were honored to be the first resident artist at the National Center for Choreography at the University of Akron, a new resource for dance initiated by DanceCleveland. Nationally recognized collaborators include the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), composer/sound designers Richard Woodbury and Mikhail Fiksel, architect Joel Huffman, playwright Stuart Flack, visual artists Bob Faust, Fraser Taylor and Anna Kunz, percussionist Timothy Daisy, and fashion designer Maria Pinto. Local venues such as the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, The Dance Center of Columbia College, have presented the group, which has also performed across the US. The Seldoms have developed significant international connections, touring in Russia, Canada, and Taiwan. The Seldoms are also known for their major, multi-disciplinary works in unconventional sites, such as a truck garage and an Olympic-sized outdoor pool.
CARRIE HANSON / Artistic Director
Carrie Hanson is a choreographer, director, performer and educator. Hanson was named Chicago Tribune’s 2015 “Chicagoan of the Year in Dance”. Since founding The Seldoms in 2001, she has designed large-scale projects with acclaimed artists working in visual arts, music/sound design, fashion design and architecture. She has been commissioned by the National Theater of Mannheim, Germany, the Elena Slobodchikova Dance Company in Russia, WCdance of Taiwan, the Morton Arboretum, among others. Hanson was a Chicago Dancemaker’s Forum Lab Artist, has twice been awarded an Illinois Arts Council Choreographic Fellowship, and received a Ruth Page Award for Performance. She has been named by New City magazine as one of “The Players: 50 People Who Really Perform for Chicago” three times. Hanson is faculty at The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago. She holds an MA in Dance Studies from Laban London.
Open Company Classes
Every Friday afternoon. In rotating fashion, open company classes are led by
Artistic Director Carrie Hanson, Assistant Director Christina
Gonzalez-Gillett and company members Philip Elson and Damon D. Green.
For advanced/professional dancers.
FRIDAYS, 1pm - 2:15pm
The Seldoms home studio at Pulaski Park Fieldhouse
1419 W. Blackhawk, Room 207, Chicago
(DIRECTIONS to Room 207: Park entrance is on NW corner of fieldhouse
building. Pass through the front lobby, through double doors ahead, take
long hallway to the east wing of building, through another set of
double doors, then up stairwell to the right of you. Dance studio is
immediately to right at top of staircase.)
Street parking around the Pulaski Park Fieldhouse is generally available.