Thodos Dance Chicago’s founder and artistic director Melissa Thodos, announced last month that the company, established in 1992, would be taking a new shape in 2017 and beyond.
“While many organizations restructure due to financial issues, we have been fortunate with our supporters and donors that for us this is not a decision based on finances but one born out of a need for change,” Thodos said. “We are in a strong, stable fiscal position, and we pride ourselves that we have successfully navigated the choppy waters of running a nonprofit dance company. As Thodos Dance Chicago has grown, I found myself spending more time focused on artistic management and day to day operations and less time in the studio. Now I seek more time and creative freedom as a choreographer and educator.”
Of Thodos’ repertoire, two of Thodos Dance Chicago’s most acclaimed story ballets include The White City: Chicago’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 and A Light in the Dark: The Story of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan, both co-choreographed with Ann Reinking.
Check out these live tweets from the 12 member company’s final performance this past Saturday.
The final installment of Melissa Thodos’s #TheWheelTrilogy is on stage now at the @AuditoriumChgo! #Thodos25 https://t.co/b8UVaHl8HM
— Thodos Dance Chicago (@Thodos Dance Chicago)1489289956.0
#FromTheWings: ‘Nos Duraturi’, a historical work by Bella Lewitzky. Thanks to @NEAarts for making this possible!… https://t.co/xjBeVlkdV8
— Thodos Dance Chicago (@Thodos Dance Chicago)1489287649.0
A little taste of ‘Acid Reign’ from the side of the stage at the @AuditoriumChgo! #Thodos25 https://t.co/sQLaAmFNES
— Thodos Dance Chicago (@Thodos Dance Chicago)1489285037.0
One last huddle before curtain. Here we go for our #FullCircle performance at the @AuditoriumChgo! Thanks to everyo… https://t.co/8IImoqCQTd
— Thodos Dance Chicago (@Thodos Dance Chicago)1489282146.0
That’s a wrap on our #FullCircle performance at @AuditoriumChgo! Stay tuned for what’s next: https://t.co/yv9A8IL2PT #Thodos25
— Thodos Dance Chicago (@Thodos Dance Chicago)1489290588.0
Cover photo of Melissa Thodos and Ann Reinking by Cheryl Mann, courtesy of Thodos Dance Chicago