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When: March 8-9 2014
Price: $20-$60
What choreographers Melissa Thodos, Ann Reinking, Lucas Crandall, and Ahmad Simmons have in common is a recognition that the body can show what's going on in the brain. In their purest moments, their dances in Thodos Dance Chicago's Winter Concert pulse with interior ideas like bioluminescent fish. Thodos and Reinking's A Light in the Dark flashes through seven-year-old Helen Keller's life once her family installs teacher Anne Sullivan to help her learn to sign. Jessica Miller Tomlinson is rousing as Helen: her combination of adroit swinging leaps and thrashing perfectly figure the child's obstreperous, scrappy, slightly mystic character, and her recklessness and speed effortlessly conjure Helen's blindness—she seems to hack together a new form of sight by touching everything at once. The portrait is admirably free of pity: in one section, Helen snatches food from her family's plates as they say grace and eats happily under the table. Continue reading >>


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