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Thodos Dance Chicago 

When: March 2-3 2013
Price: $20-$60
Choreographers Ann Reinking and Melissa Thodos have a winner in their accessible new A Light in the Dark, the Story of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan. Unlike their first collaboration, The White City (2011), this piece sticks to a contained, woman-centered, emotionally complex story. The tale of how the deaf and blind Keller was liberated by a compassionate teacher is perfect for expression in dance, too, since Keller still had her sense of touch. Presented as part of Thodos Dance Chicago's "Winter Concert 2013,"A Light doesn't shy away from the profoundly disabled girl's strangeness and pathos, but it's uplifting overall. And Thodos and Reinking have put two strong dancer/actors—Jessica Miller Tomlinson and Alissa Tollefson—front and center in the title roles. The program concludes with three dances new to Chicago or the company: Brian Enos's icy, moving Lullaby, Thodos's soaring Subtle Passages, and KT Nelson's intricate Rest Is Not Always Possible. —Laura Molzahn



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