Thodos Dance Chicago will celebrate its 25th anniversary season Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. at Chicago’s majestic Auditorium Theatre with FULL CIRCLE, an exhilarating evening of dance celebrating a quarter century of the company’s innovation and artistry.
“What an amazing journey it has been. True to our mission, we have been performing, creating and teaching dance in Chicago, across the country in 27 states, and around the world in six continents since 1992,” said Thodos Dance Chicago Founder and Artistic Director Melissa Thodos, an Evanston native.
“We are excited to mark our amazing ‘ride to 25’ with a stellar team of dance artists and incredible designers who together are creating cutting edge new work and infusing new life into historic legacy dance never before seen by our audiences.”
An emotional highlight of the company’s one-night-only celebration concert will be The Wheel Trilogy. This is a triumphant, combined and retrospective world premiere work by Melissa Thodos that completes a trio when paired with two of her signature works from the company’s near and distant past.
Note: this FULL CIRCLE concert marks the only time The Wheel Trilogy will be performed – ever.
Also on the program:
The Chicago premiere of Nos Duraturi, a dramatic commentary on mankind’s ability to endure by legendary choreographer Bella Lewitzky, “the Grand Dame of West Coast modern dance” (1916-2004).
Set to Stravinsky’s heroic “Symphony of Psalms,” Nos Duraturi is a life-affirming work about the triumph of brotherhood over violence, which fittingly premiered at the 1984 Olympic Arts Festival in Los Angeles. Former Lewitzky dancer Walter Kennedy, who was featured in a poignant duet in the 1984 premiere, and former company member Amy Ernst will be in residence with Thodos Dance setting the work on the full company, working with its design team to honor the dramatic lighting and costumes for the piece, and creating a lecture presentation for a series of Lewitzky Technique master classes.
Thodos Dance Chicago’s recreation of Nos Duraturi is the fourth work to emerge from the company’s American Dance Legacy Project. The project is supported by an NEA Arts Work grant.
Completing the FULL CIRCLE program are the Chicago premieres of Changing Strangers by Melissa Thodos, a new work touching on partnership and distance that boasts her singular fluid, kinetic style.
Acid Reign, in which TDC guest choreographer Brian Enos answers the question “what might a celebration look like on another planet in the future?”
Uncovering by Thodos ensemble member Briana Robinson, a lovely piece born from the company’s 2016 New Dances in-house choreography series.