Inspiration for creating a danztheatre performance comes from walking down the street, meeting new people or waking up from a dream, which inspired the quote above. 

I am excited to announce my latest work, Ethereal Abandonment, (opening May 12th) is a love story to the theater and artists who worked there and is a reflection on the modern day state of these abandoned buildings.  

Vulnerability connects us to moments that are strung together on life's timeline.  The inspiration behind  Ethereal Abandonment  is much like the layers the of Candace Casey's multimedia photographic series of the same name. Click to read more about how the project got started two years ago.

Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble's Auditorium will be transformed  each night into the abandoned theater with a lively pre-show gallery of Candace Casey's Photography and Visual Art. The special $25 ticket for the reception includes food, drinks and art work from Ethereal Abandonment on display starting at 7p.m.  General Admission is $15 and General Student and Senior is $10. Support the project here , any donation over $100 or a monthly reoccurring donation of $15 or more will  received two tickets to the show.

Hope to see you at the show!

Ellyzabeth Adler
Executive Director & Founder

Ethereal Abandonment: 
A Dance and Theatre Collaboration with 
Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble, RE|dance group & Candace Casey

Ethereal Abandonment is set in an abandoned playhouse that once was an epicenter of life, art and community.  This unique and original program of dance and theater explores the historical connections between the ethereal world that once was and the reality of what it has become. Through storytelling and physical memories, the people and stories of the theater in the ethereal world make themselves known to modern day explores who sense their hidden vignettes.

Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble (part of the Ebenezer Lutheran Church Complex) is located at 1650 W. Foster, Chicago, IL 60640.

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Video Teaser of Ethereal Abandonment: 

When: Friday, May 12, 2017, at 8 p.m. (reception before and following)
Preview Opening: Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 8 p.m.
Runs at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays May 12-20, 2017
Pre-show Art Gallery Reception with food and drinks start at 7p.m.

Where: Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble, 1650 W. Foster, Chicago, IL 60640
Free street parking on Foster and neighboring streets; CTA Bus Stops #9, #50, #92

Tickets:  Tickets are available at: www.danztheatre.o rg or 773.486.8261
$25 |  Food & Drink Pre-show Art Gallery
$15 |  General Advance
$20 | General Door
$10 | College Students and Seniors (with ID)
$15 |  College Students  and Seniors (with ID) Door
FREE to high school students

PERFOMERS: Ellyzabeth Adler, Ellen Aldridge, Daiva Bhandari, Ansley Davis, William Delforge, Stacy DeMorrow, I saura Flores, Sarah Franzel, Ariana Silvan-Grau, Nelia Miller, Lucy Riner, & Tony Springs

KEY COLLABORATORS & STAFF:  Lucy Riner (Executive Director: RE|dance group and Producer), Ellyzabeth Adler (Executive Director: Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble), Sara Maslanka  (Artistic Director and Producer), Lucy Riner and Ellyzabeth Adler (Choreography & Text with ensemble), Ellyzabeth Adler (Projection), Paul Grajnert (Videography), Jacob Fisher (Sound Design), Candace Casey (Photography)

Artist Bios: Ellyzabeth Adler is a multidisciplinary artist who weaves together theatre, dance, film and music to engage and inspire audience in the genre of "tanztheatre." She founded Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble, in 2001, dedicated to creating performances and partnerships that bring about change in the world around us through our performance ensemble and outreach programs. Ellyzabeth received her dance training at William Reilly Academy of Ballet, then danced with the Springfield Ballet Company before attending Roosevelt University, earning a BFA in Performing Arts and minoring in Broadcast Journalism. In 2000, she earned a Masters of Arts in Directing and Movement, defending her thesis that outlined her techniques for creating kinesthetic and socially engaging theatre. To date, Ellyzabeth has collaboratively adapted, directed and choreographed 10 full-length works including: T.S Eliot's The Wasteland, Ever your own, Edgar, The Yellow Wallpaper, This Is Not A Pipe, Bindis and Bruises and two one-act plays based on the poetry of Rumi, Touch and Mirrors. She has also created over a dozen concert-length works around women's issues, the body, suicide, pathways to enlightenment and the human condition. I Ellyzabeth has one simple goal in life; to make positive change in the world, one person at a time.

Candace Casey began as a portrait photographer, but branched out to record her extensive travels. Eventually her work took her to the urban jungles of abandoned buildings. She did a series of prints of chairs left out as if suddenly vacated. In the Michigan Building (Detroit) she loved the juxtaposition of a movie palace being used as a car park. A window pane pocked by bullet holes appears as a lacey pattern. She has managed to capture the spirit of the now-closed Agudas Achim Synagogue at 5029 N. Kenmore Ave. All her works are one-of-a-kind, digitally rendered onto film that is then manipulated, and at times, superimposing other elements for a kind of collage affect. This is the first time Casey's work is being brought to life through dance, theatre, music and film.

Lucy Vurusic Riner is the Executive Director of RE|Dance Group.  She started RE|Dance Group, with her artistic partner Michael Estanich, in 2009.  Lucy received her BS Degree in Dance Education and Performance from Illinois State University in 1996. In 2005, Lucy completed her Masters Degree in Education from National Louis University and also received the Midwest Dance Teacher of the Year award from the American Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Lucy has been a member of Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak, RTG Dance Company and Matthew Hollis' "The Power of Cheer." She has also been part of the community casts of White Oak Dance Project and David Dorfman Dance. Lucy was the Director of Dance at Oak Park and River Forest High School from 1998 to 2012. In 2012, Lucy joined the dance faculty at New Trier High School. Creative partners, Lucy Riner and Michael Estanich, established RE|Dance Group in 2009 as a means to explore long distance collaborations and present of dance theatre works that examine the many facets of human relationships.  Executive Director, Lucy Riner, is a Chicago based dance artist and teacher.

FUNDERS:The Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; The Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelly Foundation; The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation; The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; Aramark; Farney Wurlitzer Foundation; The Saints Foundation; Mardi Gras Fund and the annual support of individual donors.