We thought you might enjoy a sneak peek at recent footage from our upcoming documentary about A LIGHT IN THE DARK, the new story ballet from Ann Reinking, Melissa Thodos, and Thodos Dance Chicago, which interprets the story of Helen Keller and Ann Sullivan through dance. Make sure to see the Chicago Premiere at the Harris Theater March 2nd & 3rd, and watch for our film FINDING THE LIGHT (Produced and Directed by Chris Olsen ) later this year!
(Choreography by Ann Reinking and Melissa Thodos, Stage Direction by Gary Chryst, Music by Bruce Wolosoff, Stage Lighting designed by Nathan Tomlinson, Costumes designed by Nathan Rohrer, Dances performed by Jessica Miller Tomlinson, Alissa Tollefson, Brian Hare, Jon Sloven, John Cartwright, Cara Carper, Caitlin Cucchiara, Annie Deutz, Josh Manculish, Kyle Hadenfeldt, Ray Dones, and Diana Robertson.)
I suppose we’re not letting too many cats out of the bag, but in case you haven’t guessed already, we’re presently in production on a new film with Ann Reinking, Melissa Thodos, and Thodos Dance Chicago, this time focusing on their A LIGHT IN THE DARK story ballet, which interprets the story of Helen Keller and Ann Sullivan through dance. The documentary film (produced and directed by Chris Olsen) has been following the development of this spectacular one-act ballet since 2012, and from what we’ve seen, this new performance is in many ways even more theatrical than THE WHITE CITY! The ballet features two different casts… The first cast features dancers Jessica Miller Tomlinson, Alissa Tollefson, Brian Hare, Jon Sloven, John Cartwright, and Cara Carper. The second cast features Caitlin Cucchiara, Annie Deutz, Josh Manculish, Kyle Hadenfeldt, Ray Dones, and Diana Robertson. Both casts will be wearing costumes designed by Nathan Rohrer, and dancing in lighting designed by Nathan Tomlinson.
In the coming weeks we’ll be posting more info here, but in the meatnime, check out the latest pre-release press from the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun Times, and the Daily Herald … And the latest performance review from the Chicago Sun Times ! Also, keep checking back as we add more behind-the-scenes pics below… And if you haven’t already, make sure to check out the teaser trailer HERE!
Ann and Jimmy Sullivan in the Asylum 2
Ann and Jimmy Sullivan at the Asylum
Helen alone in the Dark
Ann Sullivan Meets Helen Keller for the first time.
Ann attempts to communicate with Helen
Ann and Helen at the Table
The Keller Family
Ann and Helen Sullivan (Alissa Tollefson) and Helen Keller (Jessica Miller Tomlinson)
We’re thrilled to announce that Kai Harding filmmaker Chris Olsen has just been nominated for his third EMMY®-Award… this time for the dance documentary BENEATH THE WHITE CITY LIGHTS! The film, which documents the creative process behind the Thodos Dance Chicago story ballet “THE WHITE CITY”, was nominated in the “Outstanding Achievement for Documentary Programs – Cultural” category. The 54th Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards event recognizes excellence in broadcasting achievements for the Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and will be held on Sunday, November 18, 2012.
(Click HERE for the complete list of 2012 Midwest EMMY® Nominations!)
(Click HERE for upcoming broadcast and staging info!)
The film, which presents an artistic insider’s view of the creative process behind the ballet through breathtaking performance video, intimate rehearsal footage, and revealing interviews with co-creators Ann Reinking and Melissa Thodos, is scheduled to broadcast on PBS affiliate WIPB (channel 49.1) repeatedly in the weeks preceding the stage performance, including:
-Thursday, October 25th at 11:30pm
-Tuesday, October 30th at 10:30pm
-Wednesday, October 31st at 3:30 am
Make sure to stay tuned for the latest information!
With great honor, we’re proud to announce Chris Olsen’s newest film “boy.girl.drum“. We’ll add details as we can, but having just completed principal photography, we’re a little buried helping Chris cut and finish the piece! Even so, we’ve compiled quite a number of fantastic behind the scenes pics, and we just had to share, so here you go… enjoy!
Beneath the White City Lights presents an insider’s view of the creative process, combining breathtaking performance video, intimate rehearsal footage, and revealing interviews with co-creators Ann Reinking and Melissa Thodos, and the talented dancers who bring this story to life.
Friday, June 1st @ 2:30pm
Saturday, June 2nd @ 2:30 PM
Riverdale 10 Cinemas #7
2600 Cantrell Road , Little Rock, AR 72202
* Featuring: Natalie Tursi *
* Photography/Direction/Editorial: CK Olsen *
* Production Company: Kai Harding *
* Music: Kenya Nelson & Thomas Coster Jr. *
* Wardrobe: Beth Laske-Miller
* Hair/Makeup: Paula Weese
* Tech Notes: Filmed in 5K with Red Epic-X & Nikon Lenses