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Experimental dance troupe, The Seldoms reinvigorate their program by partnering with visual artists to create unique multidisciplinary art installations that are activated by choreographed bodies. Titled Toolbox, the program pairs a dance artist with another creative practitioner to collaborate on a new combined work and share their processes, techniques and values with one another. From this conversation, the dancemaker identifies one essential word that undergirds the visual artist’s practice, and translates it to a choreographic one.
This performative installation and exhibition marks the Seldoms’ twentieth year of performance in Chicago. “The dancer/ artist pairings include Damon Green/Sadie Woods, Sarah Gonsiorowski/Jacqueline Surdell, Carrie Hanson/Edra Soto, and Maggie Vannucci and Dee Alaba/Jackie Kazarian. This exhibition is curated and choreographed by Carrie Hanson, Director of the Seldoms in collaboration with Allison Peters Quinn, Director of Exhibitions at Hyde Park Art Center.
About Sadie Woods:
Post-disciplinary artist, curator and DJ Sadie Woods’ focuses her artistic practice on liberation, social movements and diasporic heritage of the Americas and Global South. For Woods, sound art can give rise to social empowerment through blending, editing and recomposing sonic ephemera and music to process historical, social, political and cultural moments. She is Co-Founder of The Petty Biennial and Selenite Arts Advisory, Faculty at the School of the Art Institute, and Resident DJ at Lumpen Radio 105.5FM (CHI) and Vocalo 91.5FM (CHI) and Wave Farm 90.7 FM (NY).
About Damon D. Green:
Damon D. Green is a Chicago-based dance artist and founder of TEXTUREDance Studio, an Urban Styles and Forms dance and wellness facility where he spreads his passion for movement education. Green is an avid Vogue aesthetic practitioner, exploring, performing and teaching this form in its fusion with other movement disciplines. Green has collaborated with local choreographers and companies including Red Clay Dance, Paige Cunningham-Calderella, Darrell Jones, Jsun Howard, Philip Elson, Kristina Isabelle, Cecil Johnson Jr., Lional Freeman, Jane Beachy, Mauren Sledge (House of Avant-Garde), Bob Eisen, Molly Shanahan, as well as visual artist Faheem Majeed. Green teaches and attends workshops and master classes throughout Chicago as well as abroad. Damon joined The Seldoms in 2007, and has contributed to fourteen major projects.
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