GLEN ELLYN, Ill. — Two of Chicago’s hottest dance companies are coming to the McAninch Arts Center (MAC) located on the campus of College of DuPage (COD), 425 Fawell Blvd., for free, public lecture demonstrations providing insight into dance and their creative process.

Same Planet/Different World’s workshop will take place Thursday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m.; and the Visceral Dance Chicago workshop will take place Thursday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. Both of these 60-minute events will take place in the MAC’s intimate Playhouse Theatre and feature 40 minutes of

dance performance, followed by a 20-minute Q&A session. Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit or call 630.942.4000.

Jon Sloven, adjunct dance faculty at College of DuPage shares, “The purpose of these events is to provide COD dance students and the public the chance to see works by two dynamic Chicago companies as well as provide opportunities for area artists to workshop their pieces.”

Founded in 1997, Same Planet/Different World (SPDW) is a Chicago-based contemporary dance ensemble known for its theatricality, athleticism, tenacity and accessibility for audiences, and maintaining an ever-evolving body of work by established and emerging artists from across the country. The Chicago Tribune hails the company as “a gem of our scene…” and Minneapolis’ TC Daily Planet says, “The dancers are physically and technically fabulous. They could brush their teeth on stage and audiences would rave.” Led by Artistic Director Joanna Rosenthal, an accomplished choreographer, performer and educator, SPDW self-produces two concerts each year and participates in a variety of festivals throughout the Chicago area and nationally.

Visceral Dance Chicago (VDC), founded in 2013 by Artistic Director Nick Pupillo, is a contemporary Chicago-based dance company dedicated to a bold and progressive world of movement. The Chicago Tribune says, “Visceral Dance Chicago distinguishes its unique position in the Chicago, national, and international dance communities;” and the Chicago Sun-Times says “the buzz about this troupe is more than justified.” VCD’s fall 2014 season included world premieres by Banning Bouldin, Harrison McEldowney and Pupillo and the company premiere of Ohad Naharin’s “Duet Mabul.” The company’s spring 2015 season will feature world premieres by Brian Enos and Pupillo. VCD was recently named to Dance Magazine’s “Top 25 To Watch” list for 2015.

The SPDW and VDC workshops precede College of DuPage’s Spring Dance Concert scheduled for Friday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m. This concert will feature choreography by dance faculty and selected student choreographers. Tickets for the Spring Dance Concert are $5, plus $1/ticket technology fee. For tickets or more information visit

About the MAC

McAninch Arts Center (MAC) at College of DuPage is located 25 miles west of Chicago near I-88 and I-355, and houses three performance spaces (the 780-seat proscenium Belushi Performance Hall; the 186-seat soft-thrust Playhouse Theatre; and the versatile black box Studio Theatre), plus the Cleve Carney Art Gallery, classrooms for the college’s academic programming and

the Lakeside Pavilion. The MAC has presented theater, music, dance and visual art to more than 1.5 million people since its opening in 1986 and typically welcomes more than 75,000 patrons from the greater Chicago area to more than 230 performances each season.

The mission of the MACis to foster enlightened educational and performance opportunities, which encourage artistic expression, establish a lasting relationship between people and art, and enrich the cultural vitality of the community. For more information about the MAC, visit You can also learn more about the MAC on Facebook at or on twitter at

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McAninch Arts Center (MAC) is supported in part by the College of DuPage Foundation. Established as a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit charitable organization in 1967, the College of DuPage Foundation raises monetary and in-kind gifts to increase access to education and to enhance cultural opportunities for the surrounding community.

Programs at the MAC are partially supported through funding from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

For Immediate Release
January 13, 2015

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