Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble presents CONSUMED! — a multidisciplinary performance exploring distraction and downfall in redefining a modern American dream. Addictive media and technology have entangled us, how do the people of tomorrow make the choice to begin consuming culture objectively? By disconnecting and reconnecting with one another, can we rise up, redefining our modern American Dream? Through movement, multimedia and satire, CONSUMED! follows personal stories of distraction and downfall of Americans just like you.
Audience members will have the opportunity to also visit Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble's CONSUMED! gallery with photography by local artists on themes of identity, society and technology. Also, each pre-show will include live spoken word.
Chicago Danzensemble Theatre's Artisitic Director Sara Maslanka explains,
"The inspiration for this work came from exploring the relationship between technology and identity. From reading books on marketing techniques and fictional dystopias, to listening to Noam Chomsky and exploring art works based on statistical data, a theme of distraction appeared. We the people are distracted and enough so that we miss out. While media and technological advances connect us to the world, they also lead to the missed interactions between one another. We're disconnected, pointing the finger at one another versus working collectively to create change. Consumed is a conversation in how we can do more for ourselves and one another by taking action. It's a conversation about thoroughly listening to the information provided to us. More importantly, Consumed is a conversation that explores how we can update our American dream for our modern, technological world."
March 10 - 25
Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble, 1650 W. Foster, Chicago, IL 60640
Free street parking on Foster and neighboring streets; CTA Bus Stops #9, #50, #92