Joe Goode Performance Group
The journey into Joe Goode Performance Group’s The Rambler begins with the set, which was created by internationally renowned puppet artist Basil Twist. As the performance begins, you are thrown into a humorous yet deep examination of the restless American spirit. Described by the company as “Clint Eastwood meets Siddartha,” the piece explores—through dance, song, and text—the consequences of living in a rootless nation. The world premiere provokes the audience to identify the innate wanderer that resides in us all.
Last year I discovered choreographer Joe Goode for the first time. His company's performance of Traveling Light rocked my world. Heavy, humorous, and deep with meaning, his works offer food for thought as his dancers play perfectly off one another onstage. This month, he's back with a new project featuring two local performance groups: Ledoh and AXIS Dance Company.
High above our heads, a society matron in a cascading purple dress trills about her life of privilege. Across the hall, a woman in a tightly cinched mechanical bustle glides through a ballroom reminiscing about her halcyon summer affair. In the foggy courtyard, a poverty-stricken man limps toward wealth while dancers cling to window frames behind him (and the audience clings to rough blankets draped over the seats).
Warning: If experimental performance art isn’t your thing, proceed with caution. Because the Joe Goode Performance Group’s site-specific dance theater series, “Traveling Light,” now in its second year, takes interactive art to a new level. Performers will lead attendees on a journey through SF’s historic, moodily lit Old Mint Building (rarely open to the public). In each of the rooms a different story line will play out, meaning that over the course of one evening you can take advantage of 28 distinct performances—combinations of spoken word and athletic dance—and never see the same show twice. July 7–Aug. 1