Joe Goode

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Joe Goode 

Joe Goode is a choreographer, writer, and director widely known as an innovator in the field of dance for his willingness to collide movement with spoken word, song, and visual imagery. In 2017, The Joe Goode Performance Group celebrated 30 years of innovative dance-theater and inspiring artistry.

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 “I want each dance to be a “telling”; telling with the body (where have I been? where does my longing reside?), and telling with the voice (this is how I see the world),” says Artistic Director/Choreographer Joe Goode. “Far from being contradictory, I see these two ways of telling as innately linked. I want to liberate the dancer from his/her silence and create a total theater that is rigorously crafted but intimately personal.”

Joe Goode’s vast body of work includes:

The Resilience Project aims to explore how we as humans deal with trauma, using storytelling & performance as a way of finding universality and strength in the face of adversity. The residency programming consists of engaged interviews and conversations with the selected company members. Their personal feelings, insights, and unique stories of vulnerability and resilience are then woven into a performance piece that is shared with a larger community.

Poetics of Space is the company’s most daring work to date, and the latest venture into creating dance theater that offers limitless potential for providing each audience member with a unique, personal “human scale” experience. Poetics of Space derived from the book The Poetics of Space by French philosopher Gaston Bachelard, will explore a series of intimate spaces within the installation, and allow the viewer a cinematic close-up experience of each space.

Hush pushes the boundaries of dance theater once again where narrative, drama, music, and dance play equally strong roles. The dancer’s voices, a driving musical score, and the unique presence of a Foley artist create a provocative soundscape as the background to the story of six interlocking characters troubled by their hushed secrets. The text from Hush was developed from the real stories of people interviewed by Joe Goode and the company.

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