Auditorium Theatre's "Made in Chicago" Series  to Showcase Inspiring Story of  Japanese-American Ballerina in Thodos Dance Production,  Sono's Journey

The Auditorium Theatre will present Thodos Dance Chicago on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. with the world premiere of Sono’s Journey, choreographed by the company’s founder and artistic director, Melissa Thodos. This full company work artistically traces Japanese-American Sono Osato’s path from her 1934 audition on the Auditorium Theatre stage that launched her dance career with Ballets Russe de Monte-Carlo at age 14, to her position today, at the age of 96, as one of the most inspirational, barrier-breaking artists in American Dance. Sono Osato and her family will be in attendance for this special performance.

“Sono Osato’s trajectory is one of those ‘Made in Chicago’ stories that make us proud to be Chicagoans,” said Auditorium Theatre Board of Trustees Chairman Charlie Gardner. “The Auditorium Theatre is honored to celebrate her legacy and welcome her back to our landmark stage after more than 80 years.”

Sono’s Journey is an original dance story conceived and choreographed by Melissa Thodos.   This one act world premiere includes projection, a moving set, and narration by Chicago actress Ellen Karas.

“The story of Sono Osato is so moving and inspiring,” said Thodos Dance Chicago founder and artistic director Melissa Thodos. “Sono’s Journey is an extraordinary and enduring story encompassing her life experience as a Japanese-American performer in a rapidly changing world. It is a story that I felt must be told through dance.”

Along with the world premiere of Sono’s Journey, Thodos Dance Chicago will perform Near Light, choreographed by Melissa Thodos, Memoirs, choreographed by Garfield Lemonius, and All You Need Is, choreographed by Thodos Dance Chicago alum Taylor Mitchell.

Ticket prices for the upcoming performance can be purchased online at, by phone at 312.341.2300, or in-person at the Auditorium Theatre Box Office (50 E. Congress Parkway). Also available online is additional programming details for the Auditorium Theatre’s “Made In Chicago” series.

Archival image of young ballerina, Sono Osato (photo courtesy of Thodos Dance Chicago).