Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble is a Chicago-based multidisciplinary arts organization. CDE is dedicated to creating performances and partnerships that bring about change in the world around us through our performance ensemble and outreach programs.
Inspired by the German Expressionist movement, tanztheater, the ensemble uses the written word as the structure and body movement as the primary tool to create original and compelling narratives that inspire new awareness to wide-ranging audiences. Performances fuse elements of world literature and traditional western theatre with physical theatre, contemporary dance, multimedia and visual art.
CDE’s outreach programs, Kids Project and Teen Artist Project, fill a need for arts programming in Chicago schools and community centers through our collaborative spirit and ability to connect with students through our multidisciplinary work. We also provide unique programming opportunities for adults in the community using the arts.
Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble works to grow a diverse audience, manifesting change on many levels, be it by touching someone through a performance or by working hand-in-hand with partners in the community.