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UW-Madison students, artist-in-residence Hanson present ‘From topic to topography’ Nov. 21

November 18, 2019

Carrie Hanson, the UW-Madison Division of the Art’s Fall 2019 Interdisciplinary Artist in Residence, and students will present “From topic to topography: Mapping issues through movement.” The event runs from 6 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 21. in the lobby of the Chazen Museum of Art.

Hanson is a choreographer, educator, and the artistic director of the Seldoms, a Chicago-based dance company. She uses dance and performance to reference social, political, and environmental issues.

Carrie Hanson
Carrie Hanson
This event, the culmination of her residency, will feature of a group performance from students in her interdisciplinary arts course, as well as their independent projects. Contributing to this performance are Anne Asher, Heather Good, Jessica Lanius, Sarah Meltzer, Marcia Miquelon, Mariel Schneider, Alice Svetic, and Jim Vogel. These students represent a wide range of interests, including dance, circus arts, theater, social justice. Improvisation, health education, and lighting design. 

The event will also integrate visual artwork created by residency guest artist Faheem Majeed. The piece incorporates charcoal rubbings of multiple campus sites made by participants during “Quilting memory: A live action in charcoal & muslin.” Majeed’s event was deisgned to bring awareness to the history of the Teejop lands, including the erasure and presence of significant spaces. 

During the semester, Hanson introduced her students to her “cross-disciplinary toolbox,” a platform dedicated to invention where participants share the process that inform their practices and future works. Students explored several concepts through movement and classroom discussion, working independently and with others to create original performance works that reference the body within the larger ecosystem; articulate perspectives about environmental sustainability, vitality, and equity; and use art to convey persuasive messages. 

“This semester long residency provided a welcome, rare opportunity to integrate the various strands of my artistic practice and research, and to be present in the classroom/studio as an artist and teacher,” commented Hanson. “The students in this course have come along with me with exquisite curiosity and surprising ideas, forging new tools and expanding their — and my –‚perspectives on dance.”

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