Event—Public Programming

FLOE: Dance and Dialogue about Climate Change


Join us for a staging of FLOE, a multimedia performance addressing climate instability produced by the dance company The Seldoms. The performance will occur alongside a talk by climate scientist Daniel Vimont about the effects of climate change in the Midwest. Following the performance, artistic director Carrie Hanson, ensemble members, collaborating writer Seth Bockley, and Vimont will make connections between FLOE and current scientific realities and anticipated changes in our region.

The Seldoms are a Chicago-based dance company that values making intelligent, visually rich dance theater driven by inquiry. Charged by bold, exacting physicality and the belief that dance can ignite thinking about critical social issues, the company creates projects fueled by research and incubated with partners from fields that include history and science.

Speakers’ bios:

Seth Bockley is a playwright and theater director specializing in literary adaptation, design-driven production, and new play development. Bockley has been an Artist in Residence at the Goodman Theater since 2013 and lectures at the University of Chicago.

Carrie Hanson is Founding Artistic Director of The Seldoms, a dance company focused on crafting performances to address the struggles and themes of our contemporary moment. Hanson teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago and has guest-taught for many university dance programs.

Daniel J. Vimont is professor of atmospheric and oceanic sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as Director of the Nelson Institute Center for Climatic Research and Co-Director of the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts. Vimont studies the global and regional impact of climate change.

This program is part of the Newberry’s What Is the Midwest? project, funded by a major grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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