Columbia College Chicago Dance Alum Featured in Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble’s ‘Bindis and Bruises’ March 4-19

Shalaka Kulkarni, Sara Maslanka, and Ellyzabeth Adler in "Bindis and Bruises."

Shalaka Kulkarni, Sara Maslanka, and Ellyzabeth Adler in “Bindis and Bruises.”

Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble, a cutting-edge dance/theatre company whose artistic director, Sara Maslanka (BA ’13), is a Columbia College Chicago Dance Department alum, continues its 15th season with Bindis and Bruises, conceived and co-choreographed by ensemble member Priya Narayan and directed and co-choreographed by CDE founder Ellyzabeth Adler. The work tells the individual stories of eight women suffering from sexual, dating, and domestic abuse in Indian-American culture.


Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble artistic director Sara Maslanka in “Bindis and Bruises.”

Bindis and Bruises weaves together the stories through dance and theatre to uncover inner strength and hope with a unified voice, addressing the fact that one out of four women will be victims of abuse. A multiracial cast of 10 women, including Maslanka, breaks down the stereotypes and shame that often silences victims.

CDE, which pursues art and social justice through its mission of “Performance With A Purpose,” will present Bindis and Bruises March 4-19 at Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 1650 W. Foster, in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood. The performances on March 4-12 will also feature a second work, Encuentros, choreographed by Silvita Diaz Brown of Sildance/AcroDanza, which integrates dance, sound, text and acrobatics in a triptych representing relationships through infatuation, imperfection and self-actualization.

The performances on March 18 and 19 will feature Bindis and Bruises alone, followed by panel discussions after each show.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door for the general public. Tickets for college students and seniors are only $10. Performances are free for elementary and high school students. For tickets, call 773-486-8261 or click here.