Thodos Dance Chicago Performs Acclaimed Works from its Repertoire at the MAC Saturday, March 19

Ann Reinking and Melissa Thodos’ Story Ballet “A Light in the Dark,” Thodos’ “Near Light,” Garfield Lemonius’ “Memoirs” and Taylor Mitchell’s “All You Need Is” Included on Bill

GLEN ELLYN, Ill. — The critically acclaimed Thodos Dance Chicago returns to the McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd. with an evening of works from the company’s repertoire Saturday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m. Splash Magazine hails the ensemble as “breathtakingly athletic” and “powerfully beautiful,” and the Chicago Sun-Times says, “In her third decade leading her own company, Melissa Thodos continues to look in every direction. Past styles and even past eras, a great diversity of contemporary dance forms of choreography and even its dancers all fall within her active gaze.”

The first half of the program will feature the inspirational “A Light in the Dark, The Story of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan” (2013). This intimate one-act story-ballet based on William Gibson’s full-length play, “The Miracle Worker,” was created by Thodos Dance Chicago founder and artistic director Melissa Thodos with Tony Award-winning choreographer Ann Reinking. Chicago Sun-Times named its premiere one of the top 10 dance events of 2013.

The second half of the program features three of Thodos Dance Chicago’s most popular works:

  • “Near Light,” (2014) choreographed by Melissa Thodos, incorporates glistening lighting and daunting lifts to create a memorable story of healing and support;
  • Garfield Lemonius’ work “Memoirs” (2013) features both men and women in long skirts creating visions of pinwheels as dancers plunge in and out of the darkness;
  • Taylor Mitchell’s “All You Need Is” (2016), a cutely clownish vaudeville about broken hearts ends the evening on a comic note.

Thodos Dance Chicago was founded in 1992 by Artistic Director Melissa Thodos as a hub for dancers to grow, not only as performers, but as well-rounded dance artists. The company’s unique mission of inspiring expression through dance education, dance creation, and dance performance has established Thodos Dance Chicago as an original force in modern dance. Thodos Dance Chicago is currently in its 24th season.


Thodos Dance Chicago comes to the McAninch Arts Center, located at 425 Fawell Blvd. on the campus of College of DuPage, Saturday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $40-$45. For tickets or more information call the MAC Box Office at 630.942.4000, or visit

About the MAC

McAninch Arts Center (MAC) at College of DuPage is located 25 miles west of Chicago near I-88 and I-355, and houses three performance spaces (the 780-seat proscenium Belushi Performance Hall; the 236-seat soft-thrust Playhouse Theatre; and the versatile black box Studio Theatre), plus the Cleve Carney Art Gallery, classrooms for the college’s academic programming and the Lakeside Pavilion. The MAC has presented theater, music, dance and visual art to more than 1.5 million people since its opening in 1986 and typically welcomes more than 75,000 patrons from the greater Chicago area to more than 230 performances each season.

The mission of the MACis to foster enlightened educational and performance opportunities, which encourage artistic expression, establish a lasting relationship between people and art, and enrich the cultural vitality of the community. For more information about the MAC, visit, or

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The MAC’s 2015-2016 Season is made possible in part with support by Arts Midwest, BMO Harris Bank, The DuPage Foundation, Hilton of Lisle/Naperville, WDCB 90.9 FM and the College of DuPage Foundation.

Established as a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit charitable organization in 1967, the College of DuPage Foundation raises monetary and in-kind gifts to increase access to education and to enhance cultural opportunities for the surrounding community. For more information about the College of DuPage Foundation, visit or call 630.942.2462.

Programs at the MAC are partially supported through a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency