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Dedicated to "performance with a purpose", Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble challenges, engages and inspires audiences both onstage and in the classroom, through innovative, multidisciplinary storytelling in the genre of Tanztheatre, "which unites all art media and to achieve an all-embracing, radical change in humankind." As an Ensemble, we collaboratively create thought-provoking arts performances and educational outreach programs incorporating elements of theatre, music, movement, visual arts and literary text.
"CDE is a stunning example of what a small storefront theater company’s mission should be" Performink
Artistic Identity in Performance: Rooted in the traditions of Tanztheatre and the collaborative process of devising, CDE creates contemporary multi-disciplinary performances for the purpose of addressing social issues in a space that allows for community conversation and cultural change.
Artistic Identity in Education Programs: CDE’s arts education programs create a space in Chicago schools for students to explore their own creativity, and supports the holistic development of science, math, reading, and social skills through art and performance. Each year CDE works with 5,000 students in the Chicago area providing low cost and free programming.
Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble is a premier performance company focused on engaging audiences in socio-political theater, touring, arts in education, and continuing to push artistic boundaries with innovative performance styles and collaborations. The commitment of company members is instrumental to our programs and to the creation of our artistic work. Our work reflects our commitment to diversity and our mission of developing original works and literary adaptations into uniquely stimulating performance experiences.