Same Planet Performance Project prioritizes the moving body as the source for meaning and understanding. Our work abstracts the narrative of shared human experience centering on individuals within global dynamics. Our curiosity in interpersonal relationships charges us to dive into human proclivities. Athletic and sensuously constructed, we strive to transform performers and our audiences on a visceral emotional level.

Directed by Joanna Read, Same Planet Performance Project has been one of Chicago’s most inventive contemporary dance companies since 1997. Known for it’s highly physical, yet emotionally driven work, SPPP presents original work from its artistic director and commissions work from acclaimed national and international artists. The company has been presented at prestigious venues such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, The Dance Center of Columbia College, The Auditorium Theatre and Joyce Soho. Engaging aspiring artists is foundational to the company’s work, especially at the collegiate level. Past exchanges have been at the University of Minnesota, The University of Iowa, The University of Illinois and Illinois State University. Same Planet is available for touring, college residencies and master classes.

Same Planet Performance Project

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Now Touring

Lie Through My Skin (currently in process)
Choreography: Joanna Read
Premiering March 2018, Dovetail Studios, Chicago, IL
Same Planet Performance Project’s new work investigates the role of shame at the personal and public level. We will probing how one feels shame, why we feel shame, who we shame, the power of shame, the entanglements of shame, how do we physicalize shame? Is their humor in shame? What are the relationships that form when shame is involved? What are our collective shames? How does it come about and gain momentum?
The impetus for the work stems from very current and pronounced divisions in our country which brought many ugly realities to the fore and to our collective consciousness; one of them being privilege and it’s relationship to shame.

Choreography by: Joanna Read
Premiere: December, 2016 Dovetail Studios’ Performance Space
Honey pours slowly taking audiences from casual intimacy into the allure of narcissistic pleasure. Using 1970’s disco as a source of inspiration, Honey plays within a queer space open to excess, risk, freedom, and fantasy. Disco becomes the gateway drug, transitioning the dancers into modern movement fueled by memory.
December, 2016 @ Dovetail Studios’

Choreography by: Joanna Read
Premiere: October 2015, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Same Planet’s Stripped is a dance that explores how technology can affect the lived (social) experience. Stripped creates environments that vacillate between past, present, and future, and reminds us of what is at stake when the pervasive use of technological objects replaces human connection. The absence of technology within the work illuminates its ubiquitous presence in our everyday lives.
Performance Locations: Dovetail Studios, TBD

Artist's Calendar

Venue / Time
“Lie Through My Skin”
Dovetail Studios
2853 W Montrose Ave.

Chicago, IL 60618
Fri-Sun @ 7:00 pm
“APAP 2018 Showcase”
NY City Center Studio 4
130 W. 56th Street

New York, NY 10019
1:40 pm


Artistic Director Joanna Rosenthal Read has been on faculty at the Dance Center of Columbia College since 2004 and has taught at Lou Conte Dance Studio and Visceral Dance Center. Rosenthal has also taught at Roosevelt University, Joffrey Ballet Academy Chicago, Chicago Academy for the Arts, Illinois State University, The University of Iowa, St. Paul’s School and other local schools. Rosenthal has performed extensively in Chicago, dancing for 7 years with Mordine & Company Dance Theater, where she also served as director of the Mordine and Company’s Youth Dance Company and as Associate Artistic Director. She performed for 5 years with Lucky Plush Productions, as well as appearing with the Chicago Moving Company, Hedwig Dances and Kayle and Company. She has performed works by Faye Driscoll, Ashleigh Leite, Liz Burritt, Sam Watson, Shapiro and Smith Dance, Carrie Hanson, David Berkey, Rene Wadeleigh, and several other independent choreographers. Hedy Weiss of the Chicago Sun Times described Rosenthal’s dancing as “technically outstanding.” She was a 2017, 3 Arts Nominee. Her work has been described by Minneapolis critic Camille Lefevre as, “a gripping, astute intelligence and raw tension filtered through an economical movement vocabulary of barely controlled violence. Lauren Werneke of the Chicago Tribne notes that ” Read’s greatest strength is her ability to mine movement from whatever topic she’s exploring and strip away most of the literal references to that thing. Thus, the idea she’s playing with isexpanded and goes to new, undiscovered places. Read is an important choreographic voice in Chicago’s dance community. Joanna is the owner of Dovetail Studios, a new dance center in Chicago.