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“Anasa” means “breath” in Greek October 21, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Hellenic Light Americas.
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“Anasa” means “breath” in Greek. It also is the title of choreographer Melissa Thodos’ new work for her company, Thodos Dance Chicago, which is performing its fall concert at 8 Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport.

Thodos herself is a first-generation Greek-American, the daughter of a father born in a small town south of Olympus and a mother who grew up not far from the Albanian border.

As she explained: “Among the mythic figures I’ve drawn on for this piece are Athena, originally goddess of heroic endeavors and later goddess of wisdom; Aphrodite, goddess of love; Metis, the titan goddess of good counsel, and an ocean nymph, and Atlanta, who was abandoned and saved. What intrigued me was both the community of these women and the individuality of women throughout Greek history. I was influenced by the wars of ancient times, and the fires of very recent times. I also studied the imagery on ancient Greek vases.”

Also on the program will be “Lullaby,” an enchanting new work by Lucas Crandall, associate director of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, that is set to Bach; Lar Lubovitch’s “Waiting for the Sunrise”; Shapiro & Smith’s “Dance with Two Army Blankets,” and works by Brock Clawson, Jessica Miller Tomlinson and Stephanie Hilton. Tickets: (312) 902-1500.

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