The Making

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A "Top 10 Fall Dance Event" by the Chicago Tribune
“The Seldoms habitually leave us mouths agape in awe.” Chicago Magazine


“a powerhouse of well-designed — and indefatigable — contemporary dance” Chicago Tribune


Sited in one of Chicago’s historic fieldhouses, The Making is a traveling multimedia triptych in collaboration with visual artists Bob Faust, Faheem Majeed, and Fraser Taylor.

The Seldoms’ newest dance, The Making, continues the company’s investigation of power that began with the dance theater works Power Goes and RockCitizen. The Making, a piece without words, considers states and positions of voicelessness — of powerlessness — drawing attention to the perceptual lenses that render a person, a people, a neighborhood, a nation visible or invisible. As bodies surge, collapse, stutter, endure, and assert themselves in three distinct settings designed by three visual artists, The Making offer experiences of seeing, partially seeing or not seeing at all. The Making suggests that our recognition and understanding of others is tenuous and fragile, based on eyes that become organs either of empathy or division.

choreographer/director Carrie Hanson • visual artists Bob Faust, Faheem Majeed, Fraser Taylor • sound designer Mikhail Fiksel • lighting designer Julie Ballard • costumer Melissa Leandro • the ensemble: Philip Elson, Sarah Gonsiorowski, Christina Gonzalez-Gillett, Damon Green, Matthew McMunn, Cara Sabin, Hannah Santistevan and featuring musician Chihsuan Yang


The run of The Making includes two FREE performances on Thursday nights, 11/9 and 11/16. The Making is presented as part of the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks series, supported by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Arts programming in neighborhoods across the city advances the goals of the Chicago Park District and the Chicago Cultural Plan. Now in its fifth year, the 2017 Night Out in the Parks series will host over 1,000 cultural events and programs at more than 250 neighborhood parks throughout the city, making community parks a safe haven and hubs of activity. Projects will vary from traditional performances and concerts, to movies, peace rallies, community workshops, nature based programs, dance pieces, festivals, and more. The Chicago Park District has partnered with more than 100 arts and community organizations to expand and produce this successful initiative.


Pulaski Park Fieldhouse, 1419 West Blackhawk, Chicago IL 60642
Park phone: (312) 742-7559
Pulaski Park is an ADA accessible facility. Public transportation: Blue Line at Division Stop or Ashland and Division buses.
Street parking is available or at St Stanislaus Kostka Church at Noble & Evergreen, east of Pulaski Park.

The Making has commissioning support from Texas Performing Arts at the University of Texas at Austin, with additional support from the Martha Struthers Farley and Donald C. Farley, Jr. Family Foundation, The MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, Saints Foundation, Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelly Foundation, Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation, and many generous individuals. The Seldoms are in residency at Pulaski Park, through the Chicago Park District’s Arts Partners in Residence Program, which unites artists and communities in Chicago’s parks.

Dance Styles
Modern / Contemporary


Pulaski Park Field House

1419 W. Blackhawk St
Chicago, IL 60622
(312) 742-7559