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Choreographers Niv Sheinfeld and Oren Loar in Two Room Apartment (photo courtesy of Same Planet Different World).

Same Planet Different World (SPDW) will make its illustrious MCA Stage debut in a shared program with acclaimed Israeli choreographers Niv Sheinfeld and Oren Laor, featuring the world premiere of Vanishing Point and the Chicago premiere of Two Room Apartment. Same Planet will also present the remount of Stripped from Joanna Rosenthal, artistic director for the company.

“Our relationship with Niv and Oren grew from a shared appreciation for a distinct style of movement,” said Rosenthal. “They are innovative, athletic and challenging in all aspects of their work. These two choreographers are a major influence internationally and we’re excited that they’ve decided to partner with Same Planet for a world premiere performance during the company’s MCA Stage debut.”

Using music by Janice Joplin, Vanishing Point is an intricate series of energetic, physical eruptions. The 15-minute piece explores the tension of conventionalism and the need to detach from the status quo. As the structure begins to take shape, the dancers are forced to negotiate each scenario by blending original choreography with improvisation, creating an entirely original voice as the piece progresses.

Vanishing Point is the culmination of a 10-day artistic residency with the company this past April in our hometown of Tel Aviv.” said Sheinfeld. “In just a short time, we were able to generate extremely interesting material, much of it derived from our respective cultural backgrounds and the experiences we were sharing at the time. It’s unlike anything we’ve attempted before.”

The world premiere of Vanishing Point will be preceded by the Chicago debut of Two Room Apartment. Recognized as Best Performance of the Year by the Israeli Dance Critics' Circle in 2013, Two Room Apartment brings Sheinfeld and Laor to the stage for a duet that reflects on their relationship as partners. Personal and political in nature, the work examines boundaries in various contexts: physical borders and non-physical borders using a minimalist aesthetic. The updated work draws inspiration from the original performance, created by Liat Dror and Nir Ben Gal in 1987 in Tel-Aviv.

Opening the program is Rosenthal’s Stripped, which explores how technology can affect the lived (social) experience. Stripped creates environments that shift between past, present, and future, a reminder of what is at stake when the pervasive use of technology replaces all-important human connection.

Performances take place Thursday, October 22, Saturday October 24 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday October 25 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., all at the MCA Stage at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (220 East Chicago Avenue). Tickets ($10 - $30) are available online at mcachicago.org, by calling (312) 397-4010 or in-person at the MCA Box Office.

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Same Planet Different World Teaming with Acclaimed Israeli Choreographers for World and Chicago Premieres

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