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 Chicago Inspired, an exhilarating evening of dance including new works and audience-favorite, Fosse Trilogy.
“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.
The company’s repertory features the American voice, from iconic choreographers like Bob Fosse to exciting emerging artists. In recent years, the company has achieved significant notoriety for two story ballets choreographed by Melissa Thodos and Tony Award winner Ann Reinking. Thodos is unique in performing these pieces, which tell such captivating American stories brought to life through movement and music:
- The White City, based on the extraordinary events of the Columbian Exposition of 1893 (as told in the best-selling book Devil in the White City).
- A Light in the Dark, based on the life of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan (as told in the renowned book and play The Miracle Worker).
In addition to performing works by Melissa Thodos and resident artists, TDC performs a diverse array of works created by other reputable choreographers: Bob Fosse, Ann Reinking, Lar Lubovitch, Shapiro & Smith, Lucas Crandall, Jon Lehrer, Michael Anderson, Zachary Whittenburg, Amy Ernst, Ron De Jesús, and Gustavo Ramirez Sansano. In addition, TDC ensemble members themselves create highly-charged, illuminating world premieres every year in the company’s acclaimed New Dances choreography series. Selected works from the series are chosen to become part of the company’s repertoire each year. Other works from New Dances have been performed by the Joffrey Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and other companies across the U.S.