Thodos Dance Chicago Performs an Evening of Premieres
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Following its world-premiere engagement in Dublin, with sold-out runs in both Ireland and China, Heartbeat of Home will stop at the Oriental Theatre as part of its first North American tour. Created by the producers and director of Riverdance, this high-octane extravaganza features components of traditional Irish, Latin and Afro-Cuban music and dance. Thirty-seven hand-picked dancers from around the world come together for a performance that the Irish Independent calls "a mix of foreplay, seduction and simulation." And it's all backed by a live 10-piece band playing music by Golden Globe-nominated composer Brian Byrne. 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.