Joe Goode Performance Group’s mission is promotes 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.
We want to be a site for innovation, to take dance theater out of the traditional theater setting and to place it in a more living, breathing relationship to the viewer. — Joe Goode
In 1979, Joe Goode began synthesizing a genre of dance-theater that combined text, gestures, and humor with his own deeply physical, high velocity dancing. In 1986, Joe Goode Performance Group incorporated as a non-profit organization with the mission of providing a support structure for the artistic work of Joe Goode. Over the past 30 years the company has performed annually in the San Francisco Bay Area and has toured extensively throughout the U.S. JGPG has appeared in Canada, Europe, South America, the Middle East, and Africa.
The company is committed to opening audiences minds to the limitless potential of where and how performance can be experienced. In the 2007 performance installation Humansville at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the audience walked through an environment of video, dance and music. Wonderboy was a collaboration in 2008 with world-renowned puppeteer Basil Twist, in which Goode integrated yet another art form into his innovative cross-disciplinary work. Goodes 2009 site-specific installation at the Old San Francisco Mint, Traveling Light, was a critical and audience success, played to near capacity audiences, and was remounted for four weeks in 2010.
Goodes latest venture into performance installation was Poetics of Space, premiering in 2015 at the companys own studio space, the Joe Goode Annex. The work pushed the boundaries of how to create theater that offers limitless potential for providing each audience member with a unique, human scale experience.
In 2011, Joe Goode Performance Group moved into a permanent home at Project Artaud in San Francisco’s Mission District. The Joe Goode Annex serves as the rehearsal space for the company, as well as a performance space for the companys own smaller scale works. It is also a community resource available to rent for classes, performances, and special events.