ABOUT THIS SHOW:
Exit Disclaimer: Science & Fiction Ahead is a dance theater work that surveys the divisive national argument about climate change, and divergent positions from outright denial and indifference to innovation and urgency. The Seldoms, a dance company with a reputation for tackling hot-button issues, brings humor, humanity and their signature “brainy, brawny movement” (Chicago Tribune) to this pressing subject.
Artistic Director & Choreographer Carrie Hanson
Sound Designer Mikhail Fiksel
Playwright Seth Bockley
Lighting Designer Julie Ballard
The Seldoms Ensemble: Solomon Bowser, Philip Elson, Sarah Gonsiorowski, Damon Green, Maggie Vannucci
"inventive, unsentimental and arresting contemporary choreography" -Chicago Tribune
“a powerhouse of well-designed — and indefatigable — contemporary dance” -Chicago Tribune
"Conventional, Carrie Hanson is not. It's refreshing to see a choreographer who's always willing to test the boundaries of possibilities, even in the most polarizing of political subject." -TimeOut Chicago
“a topnotch ensemble” -Chicago Tribune
In its 18th season, The Seldoms creates multimedia performance charged by bold, exacting physicality and believes that dance can ignite thinking about critical social issues. Each project is fueled by an appetite for research and incubated with partners from fields including history and science. Under the direction of choreographer Carrie Hanson, they design expansive productions with practitioners of visual arts, architecture, sound, and fashion. With works on topics such as the 2008 recession, climate change, and most recently, a trilogy surveying power and powerlessness in America, 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, “Best Local Dance Company” 2012). The Seldoms tours nationally and has developed international connections in Russia, Taiwan, and Scotland, where they exchanged with Glasgow visual artists to create Toolbox, a cross-disciplinary sourcebook for makers. Power Goes (2015), a commission from the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, toured to ten U.S. venues, engaging a diverse community cast in each city. They have designed works for sites including a truck garage, an outdoor pool, and a Chicago Landmark fieldhouse. In 2020, they will premiere Floe, their second project about the climate crisis, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and in Chicago at the Art Institute on the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. www.theseldoms.org
Due to the high volume and wide breadth of work we present, we are often not able to proactively offer content advisories for individual performances. However, if you have specific concerns about stage effects (such as strobe lights or fog/haze) that might have a bearing on comfort or well-being, or if you would like to know more about the age appropriateness of the performance, please contact the box office at 312-335-1650.