Since founding The Seldoms in 2001, dance artist and educator Carrie Hanson has created over 25 works for the company, and designed multidisciplinary projects with artists working in visual arts, music/sound design, fashion design, architecture and theater. Under Hanson’s direction, The Seldoms have toured nationally and internationally, and gained a reputation for bold, innovative performances in unusual spaces such as cargo containers and truck depots. Time Out Chicago called her work in a drained Olympic-sized outdoor pool, Giant Fix, one of the best dance moments of the past decade. Marchland, her collaboration with visual artist Fraser Taylor, received its world premiere at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago in 2010.



Carrie’s CDF project, GIANT FIX, was based on a unique personal pre-sleep phenomenon she had experienced during which the usual perception of scale, size, permanence, impermanence, and cognition was altered. Her research began with reading into perceptions and illustrations of space and time, as well as Cubism. The objective to undo singular perspective and simultaneously reveal a form from multiple perspectives seemed to indirectly relate to the perceptual experience she wanted to unravel and express - the common link being a compression of time. An exploration based on cubist principles – simultaneity, exposure, and multiplicity - generated idiosyncratic, specific movement which was brought into the final version of GIANT FIX.


In the second stage of development, Carrie identified and explored four distinct features of the experience: impermanence, scale as infinite or atomic, simultaneity, and distance - while trying to sustain the wholeness and immediacy of the experience. An important aspect of the project was the visual/set design.


GIANT FIX was staged in a large, drained outdoor pool to create the sense of an infinite, vast field in which the figures moved. The premiere of GIANT FIX was in October 2005, outside in Hamlin Park Pool in Chicago. The Seldoms will be remounting GIANT FIX in September 2007. 


"Participating in the Lab Artist Program allowed me to envision and realize a project on a larger scale. The program's emphasis on research and development both offered fluid, open exploration and demanded a rigor of thought and practice."  - Carrie Hanson



More recently, Hanson’s creative work has involved research and embodiment of social, political, environmental issues and history, as a mode of pressing dance and performance to speak to larger public issues. Hanson’s 2014 dance theater work, Power Goes, received a National Performance Network Creation Fund and NEFA National Dance Project Production Award, and is her first commission by the MCA Stage. She is the recipient of two Illinois Arts Council Fellowships and a Ruth Page Award for performance, and was named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in 2012. The Chicago Tribune wrote, “Hanson is among the more fascinating and surefooted of our contemporary choreographers” who makes "inventive, unsentimental and arresting contemporary choreography".


Hanson is Adjunct Faculty at The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago and has guest taught at university programs, most recently the National Taiwan University of the Arts, and her alma mater, Texas Christian University. She holds an MA in Dance Studies from Laban London.



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