IMA Welcomes Renowned Joe Goode Performance Group

The Indianapolis Museum of Art hosts an exciting Indianapolis event Friday, March 5, 2010; the Joe Goode Performance Group fills the Tobias Theatre with movement. This San Francisco based dance group brings an enriching experience to Indianapolis arts. Presented in coordination with International Theatre Indianapolis, Butler University, the IMA and the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation, this is an highly anticipated Indianapolis culture event.

The Joe Goode Performance Group is known for mixing dance and theatre in their performances. Their innovative use of the spoken word coupled with the creativity of their movement make for extremely inventive and unique performances. Goode refers to his method as the creation of “human scale” dances. By which he means “placing the emphasis on the unglamorized body, the body in more intimate moments, when it is fallible or agitated or inept.” With this concept in mind, he creates dynamic movement that not only tells a story, but sends a message.

With a concurrent interest in the human voice, the Joe Goode Performance Group often finds itself experimenting with how the voice effects movement. Goode’s work strives to create an environment where dance, language and sound co-exist. Constantly walking a line between “telling” with the body and “telling” with the voice, the Joe Goode Performance Group creates a liberated dancer, who is no longer silent.

The Joe Goode Performance Group was founded in 1986. It tours regularly throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, South America, Africa and the Middle East. Their dances have explored everything from the havoc of the AIDS epidemic, Greek mythology and a “Folk Series,” dedicated to exploring the lives of ordinary people in unconventional settings. With seven performers currently, the Joe Goode Performance Group attracts some of the most cutting edge movers in the business.

The performance they offer to Indianapolis theatre this Friday consists of two movement pieces called Wonderboy and 29 Effeminate Gestures. Wonderboy was created in collaboration with puppeteer Basil Twist, singer and violinist Carla Kihlstedt and pianist and drummer Matthias Bossi. In this unexpected tale, an odd superhero shares his surprising gift of sensitivity. 29 Effeminate Gestures is a well known work by the Joe Goode Performance Group. In a twelve minute solo movement sequence, various interpretations of common gestures are offered.

Video: Joe Goode Performance Group at the IMA, Indianapolis, Indiana


The performance will be interpreted by Dante Ventresca for the hearing impaired and for anyone who wants help interpreting the contemporary work of performance art. The program will also be ASL interpreted. Tickets to this Indianapolis performing arts event are $20.00 for Indianapolis people, $8.00 for Indianapolis kids and $12.00 for members of this Indianapolis art museum.

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Joe Goode Performance Group
Friday, March 5, 2010 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Indianapolis Museum of Art
4000 Michigan Rd
Indianapolis, IN 46208

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