Thodos Dance Chicago announced that they will celebrate the life of the legendary Japanese-American dance artist, Sono Osato, with a world premiere dance story titled Sono’s Journey, debuting in January 2016 at Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre.
Choreographed by Thodos Dance Chicago founder and artistic director Melissa Thodos, Sono’s Journey will be a full company, contemporary dance story that artistically reflects the tale of acclaimed dancer Sono Osato’s incredible life journey, from her roots as a young girl in Chicago’s Jackson Park, to her audition on the Auditorium Theatre stage that launched her dance career at age 14, to her position today, at the age of 96, as one of the most inspirational, barrier-breaking artists ever in American dance.
Sono’s Journey will be the centerpiece of a rich and varied dance program at Thodos Dance Chicago’s return engagement as part of the Auditorium Theatre’s “Made in Chicago” series, Saturday, January 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Preserving American dance: Thodos Dance Chicago’s American Dance Legacy Project
Sono’s Journey is the third new work to emerge from Thodos Dance Chicago’s American Dance Legacy Project, which is dedicated to keeping the creative voice on stage of renowned American dance artists no long visible to the public. The Project’s first work was Fosse Trilogy, a trio of rarely performed works by Bob Fosse, funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. The second is a suite of choreography created by iconic Chicago modern dance legend Sybil Shearer, funded in part by the Morrison-Shearer Foundation. Sono’s Journey will only add to the company’s highly successful track record focusing on the American voice in dance.
Similarly, Melissa Thodos’s recent full-length dance stories The White City: Chicago’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 (“Best dance of 2011” – Chicago Sun-Times), co-choreographed by frequent TDC collaborator Ann Reinking, and their equally acclaimed A Light in the Dark: The Story of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan in 2013 have met with ecstatic audience and critical acclaim, and significantly elevated the company’s profile both in Chicago and nationally.