Same Planet Different World

Same Planet Different World (Chicago, IL) was founded in 1997 in what began as a one weekend showcase among friends at Links Hall. Over the last 11 years, SPDW has grown into a strong professional presence in the Chicago dance community that has built a strong reputation for work that is evocative, entertaining and engaging. SPDW has received critical acclaim for its varied repertory and powerful performers. SPDW presents the choreography of artists from across the country, both seasoned veterans as well as up-and-coming innovators, with styles that range from classical to postmodern dance.

The company self-produces two shows a year and participates in festivals throughout the Chicago area and elsewhere. SPDW has also performed in Indiana, Iowa, New York, Wisconsin and Minnesota. SPDW was one of the companies featured In HMS's Chicago Dance Project, which aired on Chicago PBS, Channel 11 in 2005. SPDW was also listed as one of the best dance performances of 2008 by New City and was a finalist in the A.W.A.R.D Show Chicago 2010.

Stephanie Martinez has created original works as well as assisted some of the masters. She was assistant to Broadway legend Ann Reinking in setting the Fosse Trilogy on Thodos Dance Chicago as well as assistant to the choreographer of Spiderman on Broadway, Daniel Ezralow. Some of her original choreography has been on the Joffrey Academy trainees, Quieting the Clock for Thodos Dance Chicago, and Avi-Mar for Luna Negra Dance Chicago's 10th anniversary at the Harris Theater. Stephanie has also created original works for the Chicago Public Schools in foxtrot, waltz, swing, mambo, merengue, salsa and rhumba.

Photos by Vin Reed and William Frederking