See Special Offer for Wisconsin Dance Council Members in Your Email–Offer Ends Today!


A Special Offer from the Wisconsin Union Theater for tickets to the Seldoms was included in the digital version of the WDC Newsletter that was emailed to members on December 10.  A reminder email was sent today–check your email and order your tickets today!

The Seldoms will perform the Lindon Johnson-inspired “Power Goes” in Shannon Hall January 27 & 28, 2016 at 8:00 PM. Pricing is as follows: UW-Madison students are free, Union Members and Non-UW Students are $16, UW-Madison Faculty and Staff are $18, General Public is $20 and Youth (18 & under) is $10. Tickets may be bought online, by phone at 608-265-ARTS (2787) or in person.

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.”

“Power Goes” uses the context of the 1960s–civil rights protests and the Vietnam War, Great Society programs and struggles over the future of America—as well as our present moment of struggles over equality and rights, social change and citizenship, war and peace, political stalemate and the yearning to move America forward or perhaps bring it back to something that got lost. Through dance theater, the company offers perspectives on power and how power performs. But it is about far more than just LBJ himself. The Seldoms reveal how power is present in intimate exchanges and collective public actions alike, in the past and in the present. They seek out how power flows through—or gets blocked up in—bodies when they lean in, loom over, work together, bear down, relent, resist, or rise up. The show will come alive in the Frederic March Play Circle, combining spoken word, sound design, video, and an installation of a wall of 75 suspended chairs. Seventeen Madisonians perform alongside the company.

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.

This performance is presented by the Wisconsin Union Directorate’s Performing Arts Committee. The presentation of PowerGoes by The Seldomes was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts. WSUM 91.7 FM is a media supporter.