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Release: March 14, 2006

Joe Goode Performance Group Concludes UI Residency With Hancher Performance

The Joe Goode Performance Group will conclude a weeklong dance/theater residency with a performance of "Grace" and "Hometown" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 31 in Hancher Auditorium on the University of Iowa campus. Goode combines movement, text, song and visuals in works that are provocative, humorous and touching.

"Grace" is a collaboration with acclaimed composer/director Mikel Rouse. Together, they explore epiphanies, those life-changing moments when the spiritual transcends the day-to-day and new possibilities subvert routine. Rouse has been described as "a fearlessly pioneering personality who stretches the limits between music, visual image and text." He has emerged as one of the most prominent composers fusing rock and classical conventions.

"Hometown" is a moving and funny investigation into the concept of "home" -- what that means in our transient age and how we can create and preserve a sense of "home" for our children. The work features videos created by disadvantaged children through workshops with Goode.

The residency will include a master class for UI dance students, a storytelling discussion with students in art education, a discussion with gender-studies students, a storytelling/movement workshop with choreography and acting students, and a workshop with local physical education teachers.

A Los Angeles Times story described Joe Goode as the "gentle giant of dance-theater." In 1979 he began synthesizing a genre of dance/theater that combined text, gestures, song and humor with his own deeply physical, high velocity dancing. Joe Goode Performance Group has performed annually in the San Francisco Bay Area and has toured extensively, including Canada, Europe, South America, the Middle East and Africa.

As a choreographer, writer and director, Goode's first concern as an artist is to provide a "deeply felt, profoundly human experience" in the theater. "I want to pierce the veil of toughness that we all have in our lives and to uncover the vulnerable center, the confused, flailing human part of us that we conceal and avoid," he says.

"I want to make 'human scale' dances. By human in scale, I mean placing the emphasis on the unglamorized body, the body in more intimate moments, when it is fallible or agitated or inept. My interest in 'human scale' extends beyond an interest in an expanded movement vocabulary, however. I am equally interested in the texture of the human voice and the effect it has on movement. Since my early days as a choreographer, I have been trying to forge some territory where dance and language/sound could co-exist.

"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). 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."

Goode's work has been recognized with numerous awards and prizes, including a New York Dance and Performance Award ("Bessie"), and several Isadora Duncan Dance Awards ("Izzies"). Goode has also been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council and the James Irvine Foundation. He has been honored with awards for excellence by the  American Council on the Arts and the Business Arts Council/San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, and he has received the "Heritage" award from the California Dance Educators Association.

Goode is also known as a master teacher; his summer workshops in "felt performance" attract participants from around the world, and he has joined the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley in the department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies.

The March 31 performance is supported by Richard and Mary Jo Stanley through the  University of Iowa Foundation.

Tickets are $36/33/30; UI student $32.40/15; senior citizen $32.40/29.70/27; youth $25.20/23.10/21.

Hancher Auditorium box office business hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. From the local calling area, dial 319-335-1160. Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial 319-335-1158, which is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

Tickets may be ordered on-line 24 hours a day, seven days a week through Hancher's website: http://www.hancher.uiowa.edu.

Orders may be charged to VISA, MasterCard or American Express. UI students may charge their purchases to their university bills, and UI faculty and staff may select the option of payroll deduction. Information and brochures may be requested by e-mail: hancher-box-office@uiowa.edu.

For UI arts information and calendar updates, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, ur-acr@uiowa.edu.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

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