Chicago Danztheatre Ensembles continues their 15th season dedicated to the woman's voice with Bindis and Bruises & Encuentros. Opening March 4, Bindis and Bruises, devised by the collaborative effors of Ellyzabeth Adler and Priya Narayan, tells the individual stories of survivors from dating, domestic and sexual violence. Through dance and theatre, we follow Dr. Sita, a psychologist and survivor of domestic violence, as she helps the women within her Indian-American community. Together, they uncover an unified voice of strength and hope for an empowered future. "Her story is my story. You are not alone. We are not alone." On the same program, Silvita Diaz-Brown and Sildance/AcroDanza presents Encuentros. Encuentros integrates dance, partner acrobatics, sound and text to represent the political journey of a couple. This triptych explores the stages of relationships through infatuations, imperfection and self-actualization. "Love is an art form requiring practice," says Diaz-Brown.
On March 18 and 19, CDE presnets a special Bindis and Bruises only weekend! Spoken word artist and activist, Nikki Patin and her collaborative organization, Surviving the Mic, present spoken word of survivor artists. Following each performance, a post-panel discussion will take place. Join the conversation between crisis coordinators, educators, therapists, lawyers and artists seated together to dicuss these universal issues of violence.
Performances take place Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m. inside the Auditorium of Ebenezer Lutheran Church. Visit www.danztheatre.org for more information.
$15 | Advance
$20 | Door
$10 | College Student & Seniors
FREE to High School & Middle School Age Students