Dear TDC Friends:
Our ‘ride to 25’ has been incredibly fulfilling, personally and professionally, and I feel such a deep sense of accomplishment as we celebrate our Silver Anniversary Season. Likewise, I feel that now, while we are on a true high note, is the right time for a change.
Today, having fulfilled the goals and vision on which Thodos Dance Chicago was founded, I’m announcing the start of a new chapter that allows for more personal creative freedom.
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. We are in a strong, stable fiscal position and we pride ourselves that we have long navigated the choppy waters of running a non-profit 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.
After the current season concludes in mid-March, Thodos Dance Chicago will no longer maintain its own ensemble of 12 company dancers. While current members will have an opportunity to create new works for a final New Dances concert this summer, I will move forward focusing my company’s efforts on more project-based work. I also look forward to creating new work, participating in residencies in Chicago and elsewhere, pursuing independent teaching opportunities with emerging artists, drawing from Chicago’s dance community to perform on a project basis including festivals and series locally and nationally, and setting new works and signature dances from the TDC repertoire on other companies locally and nationally.
What an amazing journey it has been thus far, though I trust I’ve made it clear that I’m not going anywhere. Thodos Dance Chicago will live on, just with a different structure. So while this is far from a farewell, I would be remiss if I didn’t seize this opportunity to thank the hundreds of dance artists, our many guest choreographers, the countless designers, our staff and board, our students, and in particular, our fans and funders, for supporting our unique dance performance, creation and education mission for 25 years.
Yes, we have come FULL CIRCLE and I hope you will join us for TDC’s “Full Circle” celebration concert, Saturday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Chicago’s majestic Auditorium Theatre, as it will be the last chance to see the company perform in its current form.