Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble gathers artists from across the city for a celebration of Art & Activism. Taking place over the month of April at Ebenezer Lutheran Church in Andersonville and true to CDE's mission, Art & Activism, is a multidisciplinary gathering of theater, dance, spoken word, music, storytelling, and comedy.
Join us Fridays and Saturdays April 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19 at Ebenezer Lutheran Church for a program of ensemble works starting with Dance + Activism at 7pm, and continuing with T.S. Eliot's The Wasteland at 8 pm, followed by the Chicago premiere of Still Small Voices at 9 pm. Tickets for Dance + Activism are $10 advance and $15 Door. Tickets for The Wasteland and Still Small Voices are $15 advance and $20 Door.
Tickets for Dance + Activism can be purchased here:
Tickets for The Wasteland and Still Small Voices can be purchased here:
CDE's month long focus on Art & Activism culminates with a Gala on April 25th 7-10 pm at Ebenezer Lutheran Church. Tickets are $20. More details and invitation coming soon.
7 pm: Dance + Activism
The Fluid Flow Fluidity
Choreography: Brittany L. Brown
with Movement Invention and poetry by: Brittany L. Brown, Avi Chertok, Charlotte Kahler, Juan Guardiola, Gonzo, Jacquelyn Pavilon, Sydney Wippman, Sarah Seeber
Cinematography: Lillian Mauser-Carter
Sound Design: Brittany L. Brown
The Fluid Flow Fluidly is a multi-media, multi-disciplinary motion art piece using dance, flow art and film projection. The piece is a conceptual visualization that scales through various life mantras of transformation on the journey to accomplishing a state of flow in this chaotic realm of existence also known as the human experience. This is a production of Subconscious Development Motion Project.
Choreography: Lisa Leszczewicz
Dancers: Sarah Seeber, Gretchen Soechting, Samantha Spriggs, Cristina Tadeo
Penumbra means "the space between shadow and light."
Eschewing any one topic or cause within the umbrella of activism, this new dance work, presents instead a complex treatment of history and memory; proximity; points and lines; stillness and explosion; and the process of changing ones mind, heart, self, or way of life - Relationships and points of departure that lie at the root activism.
8 pm: T.S. Eliot's The Wasteland
Director: Ellyzabeth Adler
Dramaturg: Jeffery Helgeson
Performers: Ellyzabeth Adler, McKenna Liesman, Brian Boller and Mathew Webb.
Images created by: David Sarallo
T.S. Eliot’s The Wasteland, Ellyzabeth Adler’s first project for Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble in 2001 will be restaged and revisited with a cast of four illuminating “the lost generation” of post-WWI European society and the human soul’s search for redemption using Adler’s unique style of danztheatre that blends together dance, theatre, music and video imagery into a visceral theatre experience.
Written in a stream of consciousness, it seeks out what humans are looking for, a constant connection in life. Once we accept our future, there is an inner calming that happens to our soul.
The Chicago Tribune wrote, “Adler gently joins artistic forces, even to the point of making the exposed-brick walls of the space speak with a wizened sense of melancholy. When the shadows of the four ensemble members unobtrusively get superimposed on, say an image of a dead tree facing a treacherous sea…conveys in a tactile, aesthetically gorgeous way, the mystical power of fragmented moments weaving through our minds.”
9 pm: Still Small Voices
Director & Sound Designer: Alexander St. John
Playwright: Maren Rosenberg
Performers: Madeleine Hansen, Noor Hamdi, Jorge Bolanos, Omar Abbas Salem, Arti Ishak, Mary Hazboun, Angelina Llongueras, Maren Rosenberg, Rachel Silvert
Stage Manager: Ashley Bowman
Costume Designer: Janet Rosenberg
Projection & Video Designer: Jaaron Drew
Lighting Designer: Michael Goebel
Still Small Voices follows a Jewish-American girl, Alice, on a Birthright trip in Israel whose curiosity leads her to the West Bank. There, she meets a Palestinian family that makes her realize all is not as it seems. Cultures converge as Alice overcomes her own prejudices and misconceptions and discovers that the conflict is not as black-and-white as the media portrays.
Originally produced in 2009, Still Small Voices has received a complete rewrite for the Chicago premiere.