The Seldoms dance company asked artist Faheem Majeed to create dynamic backdrops for their new piece called “The Making.” Faheem worked with several youth from Blackstone Bicycle Works to develop painting tools using bicycles and bike parts. We then held an event where youth, staff, Seldomsdancers and Faheem painted 80 foot fabric panels riding these modified bicycles and using these homebrewed tools. The panels are not only backdrops but also props in the Seldoms’ dance.
Tonight, The Seldoms will perform an abbreviated version of “The Making” and host a conversation between Faheem and choreographer/artistic director Carrie Hanson about their collaboration. Before the performance, Blackstone Bicycle Works' youth will share some of their talents!
The Seldoms are a Chicago-based dance company that values making intelligent, visually rich dance theater driven by inquiry. They ground their inquiry in contemporary issues and the history of art and ideas, toward their pursuit of bold, exacting and potent physicality.
The Seldoms is in its fifteenth season. Under Carrie Hanson’s direction, the company is committed to bringing audiences an expanded experience of dance that ignites thought and understanding of real-world issues. With dance at the center of the work, the company’s vision extends to a total action and environment and includes collaboration with practitioners in fields as diverse as architecture, installation, video, sound, and fashion.With full-length works on pressing issues, such as the recent economic recession and the ongoing climate change debate, The Seldoms has 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, which named The Seldoms Best Local Dance Company in 2012).