Joe Goode Performance Group’s newest dance-theater piece Nobody Lives Here Now is a poetic fable that mines questions of identity, aging, and disappearance as part of the fragile human condition. The piece tells the story of a fantastical world where the things that anchor us — home, culture, people — rapidly shift and erode, and the characters find themselves faced with sudden transformation. What happens when things vanish in an instant, when our vitality, place, and identity disappear? Nobody Lives Here Now is laced with JGPG’s signature humor and song. It is highlighted by a fervent classical music score, performed live by Thalea String Quartet (the first-ever quartet in residence at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music), and an original set and video design by David Szlasa.
For three decades choreographer Joe Goode has been creating works about the human experience. The evening will also include selected landmark JGPG pieces as part of a retrospective on Goode’s choreographic career, with a special guest performance by original company member, Liz Burritt.
Over the past 30 years, Joe Goode Performance Group has been at the forefront of dance-theater, synthesizing text, song, and humor with deeply physical, high velocity movement. Led by Artistic Director Joe Goode, the company seeks to open audiences’ minds to the limitless potential of where and how performance and movement can be experienced. In addition to producing new dance theater works that tour nationally and internationally, the company is committed to the belief that people of all ages and backgrounds have important and illuminating things say, questions to ask, and ways to creatively contribute. This belief is expressed in the company’s robust education programs for adults and youth, and in its work with combat veterans in The Resilience Project. In 2011 the company opened a studio at Project Artaud in San Francisco. The Joe Goode Annex serves as a hub in the Bay Area for the dance and performance community by providing rehearsal, performance, and event space.
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