Carrie Hanson

The University of Wisconsin–Madison Division of the Arts welcomed Carrie Hanson as the fall 2019 Interdisciplinary Artist-in-Residence.

Hanson continued exploring how movement and the body are viable means of experiencing the world in imaginative and humanistic ways. Students engaged in collaboration and invention to convey information about social, political, and environmental issues.

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About the Artist

Carrie Hanson headshotCarrie Hanson is a choreographer, educator, and the Artistic Director of The Seldoms. She has designed projects with practitioners of visual arts, theater, music/sound design, fashion, and architecture. In 2016, she was named Chicago Tribune’s “Chicagoan of the Year in Dance” and honored for her “brawny, brainy movement.” The Seldoms has toured nationally and to Russia, Taiwan, and Scotland. They are known for performing in unique spaces including an outdoor pool and a truck depot.

Her 2015 work about the figure of Lyndon B. Johnson, Power Goes, received a National Dance Project Award and toured to ten U.S. venues, engaging a community cast in each city. She has received commissions from the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Texas Performing Arts, the Morton Arboretum, and the National Theater of Mannheim, Germany. Hanson was a 2015 resident artist at the National Center for Choreography at the University of Akron.


Dance Department logo Chazen Museum of Art logo
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The fall 2019 Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Program was presented by the UW–Madison Division of the Arts and hosted by the Dance Department with Kate Corby as lead faculty. Co-sponsors included the Chazen Museum of Art, the Wisconsin Union Theater and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies.

The UW–Madison Division of the Arts has hosted world-class artists-in-residence since 1995 and formally launched the Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Program (IARP) in 1999. The IARP is made possible by funding from the university’s Office of the Provost.

Guest Artists

The Seldoms headshotThe Seldoms is comprised of artists and educators who introduce the work and dance/performance in inventive, focused ways to connect with audiences, students, and communities. Full-length works have addressed pressing issues such as the 2008 recession, climate change, and most recently a trilogy about power in America.

Residency guest artists include Solomon Bowser, Philip Elson, Sarah Gonsiorowski, Damon D. Green, and Maggie Vannucci – all part of The Seldoms.

Faheem Majeed headshotFaheem Majeed is a builder—literally and metaphorically. A resident of the South Shore neighborhood in Chicago, Majeed often looks to the material makeup of his neighborhood and surrounding areas as an entry point into larger questions around civic-mindedness, community activism, and institutional critique. Majeed transforms materials such as particle board, scrap metal and wood, and discarded signs and billboard remnants, breathing new life into these often overlooked and devalued materials.

Alex Rose headshotAlex Rose is a biologist, diver, musician, and underwater photographer. She is the Project Manager for Elysium Artists for the Arctic, Science Editor of Ocean Geographic Magazine, Managing Editor of Ocean Geographic Explorers, and founder of ocean conservation company Blue Ring. Her goal is to find ways to protect our world’s precious marine habitats through diving, writing, photography, education, and research.

Resources + Media Mentions


From Topic to Topography: The Body, The Environment, and Social Action

Carrie Hanson writes on chalkboardCourse: Integrated Arts 310/330/610
Day/Time: Fridays / 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location: 249 Lathrop, 1050 University Avenue  

Credits: 1 or 3 | Limit: 20 students across any discipline | Prereq: None

Description: In the course, “From Topic to Topography: The Body, The Environment, and Social Action,” students created original performance works and installations. They created persuasive messages and share perspectives about environmental sustainability, vitality, and equity.

This course was open to creative researchers from diverse fields — dance nerds and STEM artists, to those who can imagine using movement to tell a story or illustrate data, to students who are body-curious and body-courageous, as well as to those with extensive physical training.

Watch the course promo video!

Download the course flyer (PDF).

Download the course flyer for noncredit students (PDF).



Quilting Memory: A Live Action in Charcoal & Muslin

September 26, 2019 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Agriculture Hall1450 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706

Join a roaming action-event to create charcoal rubbings of multiple campus sites led by fall 2019 Interdisciplinary Artist-in-Residence Carrie Hanson and artist Faheem Majeed.

Dance Department Friday Forum with Carrie Hanson

October 4, 2019 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Margaret H’Doubler Performance Space, Lathrop Hall1050 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706

Join Carrie Hanson, fall 2019 Division of the Arts Interdisciplinary Artist-in-Residence for  a talk about her work as choreographer, director, performer, and educator.

Big Ideas for Busy People: Water, Water, Everywhere

October 17, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
H. F. DeLuca Forum, Discovery Building330 North Orchard Street
Madison, WI 53715 

Big Ideas for Busy People is a highlight of the annual Wisconsin Science Festival. More than a half dozen top thinkers from UW-Madison and collaborators take turns sharing the focus of their work in just 5 minutes with another 5 minutes for audience Q&A.

Science in Entertainment and the Arts: The Most Powerful Way to Communicate Science?

October 18, 2019 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
H. F. DeLuca Forum, Discovery Building330 North Orchard Street
Madison, WI 53715

Science, the arts, popular culture, and entertainment need each other in some obvious and not-so-obvious ways. Leaders and artists from theater, film, the visual arts,and dance  join Wisconsin Institute for Discovery director Jo Handelsman to explore this interface.  Carrie Hanson will present on this panel.

Powering Up Bodies/Powering Down Emissions: A Movement Workshop to Inspire a Climate Movement with Carrie Hanson & Alex Rose

October 19, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Festival Room, Memorial Union800 Langdon Street
Madison, WI 53706 

In this workshop, fall 2019 Interdisciplinary Artist-in-Residence Carrie Hanson will share ideas and inspiration for “Floe”, her forthcoming dance theater piece about climate change that premieres at the Wisconsin Union Theater in January 2020. Registration required.

Kate Corby & Dancers with The Seldoms

November 14, 2019 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
November 15, 2019 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

November 16, 2019 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Margaret H’Doubler Performance Space, Lathrop Hall1050 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706
$16 – $22

In a shared concert with Kate Corby & Dancers, Chicago-based dance company The Seldoms will perform an excerpt of Exit Disclaimer: Science and Fiction Ahead (2012).

From Topic to Topography: Mapping Issues through Movement

November 21, 2019 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Lobby, Chazen Museum of Art750 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706

This final residency event will feature short, repeating movement performances from students enrolled in Carrie Hanson’s interdisciplinary arts course. The visual artworks created with residency guest artist Faheem Majeed during his September visit will be on display.