THE SEASON 2016 – 2017
Introduction to the Performance, 6:45 pm: Darryl Clark, Assistant Professor of Dance, Missouri State University
Join us after the show for a post-performance Q&A with members of the company!
All seats: $23
Embracing Chicago's rich history via contemporary dance like never before, The White City: Chicago's Columbian Exposition of 1893 is an ambitious one-act multimedia period piece that brings to life the characters and headlines of one of Chicago’s greatest events. Tony Award-winning choreographer Ann Reinking and the company’s artistic director Melissa Thodos collaborated to create this epic work, which is set to Bruce Wolosoff's "Songs Without Words".
The full company of 12 dancers will perform to tell the story of the legendary 1893 World's Fair through dance. Characters portrayed range from Mayor Carter Harrison, Sr.; Harrison's assassin, Patrick Prendergast; John Root, one of the key architects of the Chicago World's Fair; and Dr. H.H. Holmes, the cunning serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims to their death in his elaborately constructed Murder Castle.
The evening also includes the Fosse Trilogy – three trios of Bob Fosse that were originally produced for television variety shows in the 1960s and have rarely been performed in a live stage setting. Additional pieces from Thodos’ inventive and imaginative repertory will also be featured in the second act.