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“Dance that grabs you with the first images and never lets go.” – Chicago Tribune
Thodos Dance Chicago (TDC) will present Chicago Revealed, an innovative evening of new and diverse works by established artists from the city’s vibrant dance community, motivated by the rich, cultural landscape of the city of Chicago, and celebrating the American voice in contemporary dance.
Created and choreographed by Melissa Thodos, Sono’s Journey is a full company work that artistically reflects the life of acclaimed dancer Sono Osato’s incredible journey from her roots as a young Japanese-American girl in Chicago, to her defining audition on the Auditorium Theatre stage that launched her international dance career at age 14, to her experience as a Japanese-American performer at a time of war and prejudice, to her position today as one of the most influential, barrier-breaking artists ever in American dance.
Guest choreographers include Kevin Iega Jeff, Artistic Director of Chicago’s Deeply Rooted Dance Theater. Titled Red Lines/Blue Horizon, Iega’s new work is an abstract reflection of conversations about Chicago, with Chicagoans from diverse and contrasting communities, set to music by Steve Reich and the all-male a cappella ensemble Cantus. Jeff’s creative process included traveling with TDC’s dancers to four Chicago neighborhoods to spend time with its residents. The dancers transcribed their impressions of their visits, and this honed research served as a critical narrative base for Iega to develop his work with TDC’s dancers.
Also on tap to debut a new work with TDC titled At the Apex is Robyn Mineko Williams, former dancer at River North Dance Chicago, a member of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago for twelve seasons, and one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in 2014. Williams’ inspiration is music in Chicago.
A third work under the Chicago Revealed umbrella is by company founder and artistic director Melissa Thodos titled Thio Kosmos, or “Two Worlds” in Greek. This work will shed light on the Greek American perspective of life in our city and will include text based on interviews with members of Chicago’s Greek community. Some of its choreographic and musical elements will be drawn from an earlier Greek themed work by Thodos in 2007 titled Anasa and will contain facets that reflect the history of Greece and its cyclic rise and fall over and through time.
Celebrate the American voice in contemporary dance with exhilarating Thodos Dance Chicago, now in its 24th season!
This production has been made possible by a major gift of
The Sono and Victor Elmaleh Foundation
About Thodos Dance Chicago
In 1992, Melissa Thodos, a young Evanston-born, Chicago-based dancer and choreographer, was frustrated with the lack of opportunities for dancers to work in what in her mind was the obvious environment for a well-rounded dance professional: A place to perform. A place to create. A place to educate. Fast-forward 23 years, and Thodos is the only female choreographer and director to have helmed her own mid-sized, contemporary dance company in Chicago for more than two decades with this unique mission.
Today, Thodos Dance Chicago (TDC) is an ensemble of twelve versatile dance artists with a captivating style that uses a variety of dance forms. The company’s unique mission of inspiring expression through dance education, dance creation and dance performance has established TDC as an innovative presence in American contemporary dance.
In addition to performing works by Melissa Thodos and resident artists, TDC performs works created by other renowned choreographers: Bob Fosse, Ann Reinking, Sybil Shearer, Lar Lubovitch, Shapiro & Smith, Jon Lehrer, Garfield Lemonius, Zachary Whittenburg, Lucas Crandall, Brian Enos, Amy Ernst, Ron De Jesús, Gustavo Ramírez Sansano, Ahmad Simmons and KT Nelson.
Thodos Dance Chicago continues to expand its artistic and institutional boundaries under the guidance of Founder and Artistic Director Melissa Thodos, Executive Director Gail Ford, Booking Director Rick Johnston, Artistic Associate Laura Gates, Resident Lighting Designer Nathan Tomlinson, Education and Outreach Associate Kate Weatherly, Board President Sharon Lear, a dedicated board of directors and the support of thousands of contemporary dance enthusiasts both in Chicago and nationwide.
The company is supported by the The Sono and Victor Elmaleh Foundation, The Garden of the Phoenix Foundation, the Illinois Arts Council—a state agency, Target, The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, the MacArthur Fund for Arts & Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, The Arts Work Fund, The Morrison-Shearer Foundation, The Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation, The Service Club of Chicago, Project 120, The Garden of the Phoenix Foundation, the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events and many individual and corporate sponsors.
For more information, visit thodosdancechicago.org.