The Seldoms

  • Memorial Union
  • 800 Langdon St.
  • Madison, WI 53706
  • Phone: 608-265-ARTS (2787).

In their fourteenth season, Chicago-based dance company The Seldoms is dedicated to bringing its audiences into an expanded experience of innovative dance that provokes deep thought and understanding of real-world issues, such as the 2008 economic recession, climate change, and consumption.

New City, which named them the Best Local Dance Company in 2012, describes their performances as "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."

The company creates smart and curious, visually exuberant dance theater. The artists bring movement, along with image, sound, text, and location, to broaden into a larger, resonating vision. The Seldoms' bold and dramatic dances are also well known for performance in unique sites such as an architectural salvage warehouse, a truck garage, and an Olympic-sized outdoor pool. This show, which will come alive within the Frederic March Play Circle, combines spoken word, sound design, video, and an installation of a wall of 75 suspended chairs.

The Seldoms was the first resident artist at the new National Center for Choreography at the University of Akron. The group has performed in Russia, Canada, Taiwan, and across the US at venues such as The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, and The Dance Center of Columbia College. Critically acclaimed collaborators include percussionist Timothy Daisy, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), composers Richard Woodbury and Mikhail Fiksel, visual artists Anna Kunz, Jackie Kazarian and Fraser Taylor, architect Joe Huffman, and fashion designers Maria Pinto, Lara Miller, and Anke Loh.

  • Admission: General Public: $20, Union Members/Non UW Students: $16, Youth: $10, UW Faculty/Staff: $18, Free for UW-Madison Students