Ethereal Abandonment | Ebenezer Lutheran Church | Dance | Chicago Reader
This is a past event.
When: Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through May 20 2017
Price: $15-$25, free for high school students
Everything about Chicago Danztheatre’s 80-minute movement piece is about location—except the location. Creators Ellyzabeth Adler and Lucy Riner begin with photographer Candace Casey’s manipulated images of a ruined Detroit movie palace (displayed in the lobby and projected semisuccessfully onto the performance space’s back wall), then devise an attenuated narrative about three twentysomethings exploring a ruined movie palace. The objects they find awaken the spirits of bygone B-list entertainers, as well as a woman with umbrella who unaccountably writhes in a bathtub. The evocation of souls forgotten in their time and ours is at times quite poignant, but the vaulting, denuded church space, lit mostly in broad washes of light, saps the proceedings of magic. As a site-specific installation, though, the piece might come to life. —Justin Hayford



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