Chicago Danztheatre Announces The Return of, "This Is Not A Pipe"

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Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble (CDE) is proud to launch the company’s 2022 - 2023 season and the continuation of their two-year  20th Anniversary with the live remount of its 2006 production “This is Not a Pipe.” Performances will be held Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., November 5 – 20, in the Auditorium at Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 1650 W. Foster Ave. The performance will be accompanied by an art exhibition inspired by Magritte and the theme. Guests are invited to arrive early or stay after the performance to view the exhibition.

With an all-female and nonbinary identifying cast, “This is Not a Pipe” will take the works of Sigmund Freud, Rene Magritte and the birth of modern psychology and will pull it all apart to question what is identity, sexuality, womanhood and dream interpretation while bringing some of Magritte’s images to life.The performance is timeless and timely going to great depth to explore and enlighten. “Through a 2022 lens, we will revisit Sigmund Freud’s writings, highlighting identity and dream interpretation. This will lead us to questions such as ‘what do these objects really mean to you?, What if Freud was a woman?, What if a necktie is simply a necktie or what if it is representative of our anxiety, rather than Freud’s phallic interpretations,” explained CDE Executive Artistic Director Ellyzabeth Adler. The performance features the original backdrop that was part of the Design Museum’s exhibit “Setting the Stage” and original cast member Wannapa P-Eubanks is back in her bowler hat working with the company. 

Tickets are on sale now for $20 general admission (adult non-students), $13 student general admission (high school students over the age of 16 and college students) and free general admission (under the age of 16). Ticket sales online end two-hours before the performance but will be available at the door for $25. Information and tickets are available at

Running Time
1 hour 30 minutes
Dance Styles
Modern / Contemporary