Thodos Dance Chicago Performs an Evening of Premieres
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Known as "the company of firsts," Joffrey Ballet was the first dance company to perform at the White House, the first to appear on television, the first to appear on the cover of Time magazine and the first to have a major motion picture based on them (Robert Altman's The Company). Experience this must-see dance company's innovative dance work live as they present Stories in Motion, a trio of works from three exciting contemporary choreographers. Works include Balanchine's Prodigal Son, based on the biblical tale of sin and redemption from one of the greatest choreographers of all time. Antony Tudor's masterpiece Lilac Garden explores the conflicting emotions of a young woman who's trapped by the strictures of Edwardian culture and forced to give up the young man she loves. Stories in Motion also features the Joffrey premiere of RAkU, in which Ukranian-born choreographer Yuri Possokhov uses the burning of the Golden Pavilion in Kyoto as the point of departure for a story of love, treachery, separation and tragedy. 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.