Dance Center to Host Joe Goode Performance Group in Striking Evening-Length Hush
Clef Notes Chicagoland Journal for the Arts
Favorites of Chicago dance audiences, Joe Goode Performance Group will return to The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago to perform the Chicago premiere of the dance-theater work, Hush.
Joe Goode’s evening-length Hush (2013) pushes the boundaries of dance theater with narrative, drama, music and dance playing equally strong roles. The dancers’ voices, a driving musical score and the unique presence of a Foley (sound effects) artist create a provocative soundscape for the story of six interlocking characters in a rundown bar troubled by their hushed secrets. The company developed the text in Hush from the actual stories of people they interviewed. Readers should note the work contains mature content.
“Hush feels like chamber music. It’s condensed, tight, and weaves a spell like a spider’s web,” wrote Rita Feliciano in the San Franciso Bay Area Guardian. “The six dancers of the Joe Goode Performance Group knocked the ball out of the park… The show is tight, ready for prime-time, with Broadway levels of production…your eye is led in a fascinating dance around the space, from shadows to highlights, which corresponds to the emotional curves of a drama about having to bite your tongue and say nothing,” added Paul Parish in the Bay Area Reporter.
Founded in 1979, Joe Goode Performance Group promotes its mission of understanding, compassion and tolerance among people through the innovative use of dance and theater, as interpreted by the artistic vision and work of Joe Goode. In Goode’s own words: “We want to be a site for innovation, to take dance theatre out of the traditional theater setting and to place it in a more living, breathing relationship to the viewer.” Goode was named a United States Artists Fellow for 2008, one of only five national dance artists so honored, selected for his unflagging commitment to innovation and experimentation in dance theater. In 2007 Goode received the prestigious John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. The upcoming performance will mark the company’s sixth appearance at The Dance Center.
Performances take place March 10–12, 2016 at The Dance Center, 1306 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. Visit colum.edu/dancecenterpresents for more details.
Goode Performance Group in Hush (photo by RJ Muna).