Grants to Seldoms
2016 (Duration 2 years)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — The Seldoms is a contemporary dance company with a mission to present original dance about the modern world in a multi-disciplinary way. It collaborates with architects, fashion designers, installation artists, lighting designers, musicians and visual artists in its creative process. Each original dance piece is based on extensive research into contemporary topics such as climate change, economic recession, and the connections between art and science. This award supports The Seldoms in an exchange with two visual artists in Scotland. The Seldoms has worked with visual artists on a number of projects and observed a similarity in how visual artists and dance artists compose pieces. This exchange explores the composition process of these two art forms, with the goal of creating new physical expressions, techniques, and new visual art tactics. This exchange, in addition to surfacing new techniques for both art forms, will produce a new multimedia performance piece. Award funds support direct project expenses: travel, accommodations, artist fees, and documentation costs. This is The Seldoms’ third International Connections Fund award.
2011 (Inactive Grant)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — The Seldoms is a contemporary dance company that presents original dance about the modern world in a multi-disciplinary manner. Its creative process incorporates architects, costume designers, lighting designers, musicians and visual artists. Each original dance piece is based on extensive research into contemporary topics such as consumption and waste, the current economic situation, or the connections between art and science. This grant will support an artistic exchange with Taipei dance company, WCdance, to create and perform two new dance pieces in Chicago and Taipei. MacArthur funds will support travel, lodging, artist fees, and performance space rental for seven of The Seldoms’ artists and eight WCdance artists.
2009 (Inactive Grant)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of a reciprocal dance performance and education exchange with counterpart companies in Russia.
The MacArthur Foundation awarded Seldoms $115,000 between 1978 and 2017.