The Hope College Great Performance Series will open its 2015-16 season with Thodos Dance Chicago on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 17-18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown Holland.

“Breathtakingly athletic,” “powerfully beautiful,” and performing “vibrant choreography” are among the ways that the press has described Thodos Dance Chicago (TDC).  “The Chicago Tribune” has said that the company offers “Dance that grabs you… and never lets go.”

Thodos Dance Chicago features the American voice in contemporary dance. In addition to award-winning repertory works, it has created two story ballets, both named as top performances by the “Chicago Sun‐Times.”

The company will be performing one of those ballets, “A Light in the Dark,” at Hope. The ballet is based on the life of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan as told in the book and play “The Miracle Worker.”

In addition, TDC performs a diverse array of works created by renowned American choreographers: Bob Fosse, Ann Reinking, Lar Lubovitch, Shapiro & Smith, Lucas Crandall, Jon Lehrer, Amy Ernst, Ron De Jesús and Gustavo Ramírez Sansano.

TDC ensemble members themselves also create world premieres every year in the company’s New Dances choreography series. Selected works from the series are chosen to become part of the company’s repertoire each year. Other works from New Dances have been performed by The Joffrey Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and other companies across the United States.

Season tickets are still available for the Great Performance Series. Season subscriptions are $70 for regular admission, $55 for senior citizens and $140 for a family (regardless of the number of children). The subscriptions are such a savings that they are equivalent to seeing two shows for free. Individual tickets are also on sale, and are $18 for regular admission, $13 for senior citizens, and $6 for children 18 and under. Tickets for Hope College students are free.

Tickets are available online at as well as at the ticket office in the Events and Conferences Office located downtown in the Anderson-Werkman Financial Center (100 E. Eighth St.).  The ticket office is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be called at (616) 395-7890.

More information about the season may be obtained online by visiting

The Knickerbocker Theatre is located at 86 E. Eighth St.