Thodos Dance Chicago
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Thodos Dance Chicago returns to the North Shore Center for two performances! The acclaimed contemporary company with a distinct American choreographic voice and vibrant, award-winning style presents their 23rd Anniversary Winter Concert, titled Chicago Inspired; promising a rich tapestry of dance ranging from rarely performed works by Broadway legend Bob Fosse to cutting edge present day creations with a vibrant Windy City edge.
Springing off the “Made in Chicago” theme, the program includes a revival of TDC audience favorite Fosse Trilogy, a trio of three rarely performed works from Chicago native Bob Fosse’s archives originally created for TV in the late 1960s, set on Thodos Dance more than 30 years later with new transition choreography by Broadway and film veteran and Fosse collaborator Ann Reinking.
“No one is better than Reinking at channeling the great man,” wrote the Chicago Tribune when Fosse Trilogy debuted in 2009, “and here she glories in the inimitable quirks, microscopic gestures and mischievous love of line and the body that make Fosse’s work irresistible.” Dance Magazine praised its “in-your-face theatricality” adding “clear intention, honest impulse and streamlined design characterize the subtle sophistication of Fosse’s aesthetic.”
Three 1960s pop songs – Cool Hand Luke, Tijuana Shuffle and Mexican Breakfast - are the retro score for this sassy celebration of Fosse’s work. Behind-the-scenes, the savvy observer will note Fosse’s choreography for Mexican Breakfast, originally created for The Ed Sullivan Show in 1969 and featuring his wife Gwen Verdon fronting a trio of dancers, was the template for Beyonce’s wildly popular Single Ladies video.
Also on the program: the world premiere of Near Light by Artistic Director Melissa Thodos, the Chicago premiere of Memoirs by first-time TDC guest choreographer Garfield Lemonius, reprises of Sybil Shearer’s Salute to Old Friends and Brian Enos’s Lullaby, and the official debuts into TDC’s repertoire of John Cartwright’s Flawed and Tenley Dorrill’s Night Windows, both created by these TDC ensemble dancers via the company’s New Dances 2014 series.
“Breathtakingly athletic,” “powerfully beautiful,” performing “vibrant choreography” are among the many accolades that Thodos Dance Chicago has received since its inception. Founded in 1992 by artistic director Melissa Thodos, the ensemble of twelve versatile dance artists performs with a captivating style using a variety of dance forms. The company’s unique mission of inspiring expression through dance education, dance creation, and dance performance has established Thodos Dance Chicago as an innovative presence in American contemporary dance.
Watch a brief preview video of “Chicago Inspired” coming to the North Shore Center.