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918 | The Seldoms: RockCitizen
918 | The Seldoms: RockCitizen

Photo by William Frederking

Sunday, November 8 | 4-5 PM
Benito Juarez Community Academy, Auditorium
S Laflin St & W Cermak Rd | Chicago, IL | 60608
  • Members: $15
  • Public: $20
  • Students and Teachers: $10

Whether or not you saw The Seldoms’s triumphant Power Goes, you won’t want to miss the contemporary dance theater company's preview of their companion piece, RockCitizen. It all started when artistic director Carrie Hanson read The Republic of Rock, a study of 1960s counterculture by Northwestern University historian Michael J. Kramer. Kramer chronicles how the counterculture became a space for power; and peace, love, sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll became avenues for questioning what it meant to be a citizen. Join Kramer and Hanson for a preview performance and discussion of the counterculture’s continued ability to unite and divide, critique and perpetuate, the status quo.

This program is generously underwritten by Elizabeth A. Liebman.


The Seldoms are committed to bringing audiences an expanded experience of dance that ignites thought and understanding of real-world issues. Under the direction of Carrie Hanson, the vision extends to a total action and environment and involves collaboration with practitioners of architecture, installation, video, sound, and fashion. Their work, Power Goes, was commissioned by and premiered at the Museum of Contemporary Art in 2015. The Seldoms have performed across the US, and in Russia, Canada, and Taiwan.

Michael J. Kramer teaches history, American studies, and digital humanities at Northwestern University. He is the author of The Republic of Rock: Music and Citizenship in the Sixties Counterculture (Oxford University Press, 2013) and is at work on a book that explores what the folk music revival can teach us about technology and culture, with a connected website and traveling exhibition that focuses especially on the Berkeley Folk Music Festival. He has worked as an editor, dance dramaturg, and journalist and blogs about art, history, politics, and more.

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