[Chicago, IL] – Thodos Dance Chicago’s Chicago Inspired winter concert and gala, Saturday, March 7 at Chicago’s Harris Theater for Music and Dance, started with a rich tapestry of dance, including rarely performed works by Chicago legends Bob Fosse and Sybil Shearer to cutting edge present day creations with a vibrant Windy City edge.
Immediately following the program, Thodos Dance continued celebrating Chicago as its inspiration for creativity and community by hosting a fantastic, post-show Chicago Inspired VIP gala benefit on the enclosed stage of Millennium Park’s Pritzker Pavilion, raising $35,000 for one of Chicago’s top contemporary dance incubators.
Chicago Inspired Host Committee Co-Chairs Kimberly Gleeson, Cheri Lawrence and Courtney Pitt and Michael Nugent of Nugent Network welcomed more than 150 VIP guests as they entered the Harris backstage Green Room.
Then guests enjoyed signature cocktails before packing onto a freight elevator for a ride up to the glass-enclosed stage of the Pritzker Pavilion. There, with incredible night views of Millennium Park and the Art Institute as a backdrop, supporters enjoyed a fabulous Chicago Inspired menu, open bar, passed hors d’oeuvres, coffee and dessert stations.
As the evening progressed, the Pritzker stage took on a nightclub vibe as Chicago’s finest young dance professionals joined their guests and danced the night away to live musicians including sax player Skinny Williams and DJ Jive Fresh (Nate Carter).
As part of their VIP ticket, gala guests also were treated to pre-concert cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the Harris Donor Room, the very best, front of house seats for the show, and an exclusive performance during intermission by the Thodos Dance Chicago Youth Ensemble.
“Chicago Inspired was Thodos Dance Chicago’s special theme this year both onstage at the Harris Theater, through the magic of dance and film, and in true celebration on the Pritzker Pavilion stage following the performance. It was a magical, memorable event with added inspiration drawn from our wonderful attendees who support our unique and special mission of dance performance, creation and education,” said company founder and artistic director Melissa Thodos.
“Funds raised provide critical support to our community outreach, notably engaging and empowering youth through learning about the elements of dance and choreography, whether through our educational assembly programs, including “Connections” about disability awareness, or our dance residencies, master classes, partners in performance, and our own youth program.”
Thodos Dance’s Chicago Inspired concert was headlined with TDC audience favorite Fosse Trilogy, a trio of three rarely performed works from Bob Fosse’s archives originally created for TV in the late 1960s, set on Thodos Dance more than 30 years later by Broadway and film veteran and Fosse collaborator Ann Reinking.
An audience of more than 900 also enjoyed the world premiere of Near Light by Artistic Director Melissa Thodos, the Chicago premiere of Memoirs by Garfield Lemonius, reprises of Sybil Shearer’s Salute to Old Friends and Brian Enos’s Lullaby, and the official debuts into TDC’s repertoire of ensemble members John Cartwright’s Flawed and Tenley Dorrill’s Night Windows.
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(Photo by Charles Osgood)