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.
Cover photo of Melissa Thodos and Ann Reinking by Cheryl Mann, courtesy of Thodos Dance Chicago