Thodos Dance Chicago Performs an Evening of Premieres
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The boundary-breaking company LEVELdance has come up with a cool new way to create their striking theatrical pieces. Instead of starting with the music and choreography as is the custom, co-directors Eddy Ocampo and Joshua Paul Weckesser begin with the lighting design and theatrical elements. Along with their troupe of talented dancers, they're then able to build a site-specific performance unlike any other. They premiered their work one in 2013 at the Athenaeum Theatre and are back with the appropriately titled next. Learn More
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Award winning choreographers Ann Reinking *and *Melissa Thodos *are teaming again to co-choreograph *_A Light in the Dark, the story of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan__, _their second full-length contemporary story ballet, this time telling an intimate family story about the extraordinary woman who was deaf and blind yet went on to become a world-famous writer, political activist and inspiration to all.
A Light in the Dark, the story of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan* *_is an equally powerful yet more intimate, family-friendly follow-up to Thodos Dance Chicago’s recent success with *_The White City: Chicago’s Columbian Exposition of 1893*, a Reinking/Thodos collaboration that told the story of Chicago’s legendary 1893 World’s Fair through contemporary dance, and was named “Best Dance 2011” by the _Chicago Sun-Times. _In fact, the same _White City _creative team is returning to collaborate on A Light in the Dark, including composer Bruce Wolosoff, who is creating an original score exclusively for this new work, Emmy Award®-winning filmmaker Christopher Kai Olsen, who will create a behind the scenes film, dance legend Gary Chryst, who will provide rehearsal and stage direction, Nathan Tomlinson, TDC’s resident lighting designer, and Nathan Rohrer, TDC’s resident costume designer.
A Light in the Dark, the story of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan* will be the first act of Thodos Dance Chicago’s *_Winter Concert 2013, which also will boast a second act featuring the new work *Rest is Not Always Possible by west coast choreographer *KT Nelson, Co-Artistic Director of ODC Dance Company in San Francisco, recognizing that contemporary life is nonstop and in an effort to search for repose, “rest is not always possible.”; another new work by TDC founder and artistic director Melissa Thodos *titled *_Subtle Passages_, a mysterious work inspired by the unknowing transit of time hidden by quiet shifts and ebbs in life that steer our path; plus a company premiere from TDC’s recent *New Dances 2012 *choreography performance series titled *_Lullaby by New Dances 2012 guest choreographer *Brian Enos that has created a work of polar opposite ideas in movement, music, and structure. The piece moves from a cold electronic isolated landscape to a warm, lyrical and connective abstract world.