Mission 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 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.
Equity at CDE At Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble, we strive to create an equitable and empowering space for our artists, administrators, teachers, and audiences. We aim to build a platform for the voices of the diverse communities we serve. All are welcome. Vision That residents of the Chicagoland area will be inspired to make their world a better place by exploring important social issues in an artistic setting. That all students will have access to arts education and holistically develop their skills to be proactive, positive members of society.
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.
Land Acknowledgement CDE's permanent home, Ebenezer Lutheran Church Auditorium, sits on the traditional homelands of the Three Fires Confederacy: Odawa, Ojibwe, and Potawatomi nations, as well as the Ho-Chunk, Miami, Inoka, Sac, Fox, and their descendants. We recognize that Indigenous peoples are the traditional stewards of the land that we now occupy, living here long before Chicago was a city, and still thriving here today. We invite you to join us in offering them our respect and gratitude.