The Seldoms Dance Around Climate Change, Exit Disclaimer: Science and Fiction Ahead @ Northwestern University

the seldoms, exit disclaimer: science and fiction ahead @ northwestern university marjorie ward marshall ballroom theater, 4/24-27/2014, evening and matinee performances; special free performance with climate change experts @ ryan auditorium, technological institute, 4/22/14, 7:30pm.

Tickets available here:

April 24, 25, 26 at 8pm

April 27 at 2pm

Pre-performance talk with Artistic Director Carrie Hanson and dramaturg/historian Michael J. Kramer Friday at 6:45pm. Post-performance talk on Saturday.

“Exit Disclaimer: Science and Fiction Ahead” is an hour-long dance theater work that surveys our rancorous, divisive national debate about climate change, and its divergent positions ranging from denial, skepticism and indifference to urgency. “Exit Disclaimer” premiered at The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago in 2012, and toured to Taipei, Taiwan.

Defined by “inventive, unsentimental and arresting contemporary choreography” (Chicago Tribune), Exit Disclaimer is less about climate change itself, but the discourse surrounding it. Hanson is interested in how opinions are formed about this pressing issue in which the science is complex and where there exist loud counter-arguments by skeptics and deniers, making a difficult issue more incomprehensible. At its premiere, The Chicago Reader said, “Hanson’s satirical, deadly serious piece bursts a lot of bubbles on a high-stakes subject.”

The Seldoms Artistic Director Carrie Hanson, one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in 2012, has made over twenty-five original works for the company that have been performed nationally and in Germany and Russia. Recently her focus has shifted to issue-based work, such as the critically acclaimed “Stupormarket”(2011), a dance theater piece about the economic meltdown. She finds satisfaction in such projects for the inherent difficulty of making dance speak to these subjects, and because they require research and consideration of situations beyond body/movement/performance. Hanson was a 2005 Chicago Dancemaker’s Forum Lab Artist, has twice been awarded an Illinois Arts Council Choreographic Fellowship, and received a Ruth Page Award for Performance. In 2009 and 2011, she was named by New City as one of “The Players: 50 People Who Really Perform for Chicago”.

Mikhail Fiksel is a composer, sound designer, musician and a dj. His stage work includes composition and/or sound design for Dallas Theatre Center, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, The Geffen Playhouse, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and Second Stage Theatre as well as Chicago institutions including Lucky Plush, DanceWorks Chicago, The Goodman Theatre, Writers Theatre, Redmoon, Victory Gardens, Timeline and Albany Park Theatre Project. He is a recipient of the Joseph Jefferson, Lucille Lortel, AfterDark and The Garland awards, and was recently honored with the Michael Maggio Emerging Designer Award. He is an ensemble member of Strawdog and 2nd Story, an artistic associate with Teatro Vista, Collaboraction and Redmoon, a resident artist with Albany Park Theatre Project and on the faculty at Loyola University Chicago.

In their eleventh season, The Seldoms are alchemists of artistic media who believe that movementalong with image, sound, text and locationcan expand action and environment into larger restless visions. Since 2001, the company has performed widely in Chicago, notably at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, and at The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, at national venues including Joyce SoHo in New York, and internationally in Russia, Canada and Taiwan. The Seldoms has a history of presenting nontraditional performance to audiences; they have designed major multi-disciplinary site-specific performances in a variety of spaces including industrial, retail, historic, and outdoor sites. The company has built a reputation for bold, unusual collaborations and a full exploration of the other media supporting dance, working intensely with visual artists, architects, composers and fashion designers.

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