You’re probably asking what’s next? Me too! (just kidding) I can’t promise another 30 years, but I’ll tell you, I’m sure not done yet. There are some days where I feel we are just getting started – that we are just beginning to plumb the possibilities of how to tell a story.
As I approach this odd 30 year mark and the dubious status of “mature artist” I am often asked about my legacy plan. To be honest with you, I’m not interested in leaving behind a repertoire that other companies can perform, or that my own company can keep alive for future generations. The work was made in a particular time, for and about the zeitgeist of that time. It is also made with the particular sensibilities of the people in the room.
I am much more interested in the longevity of my artistic process. The method that we employ is really about excavating material from the lives and experiences of the participants. I have developed that process over many years, and it’s a process I want to see shared because I believe others can benefit- artistically, and personally. How does this happen? Through our Resilience Project, where participants, who have suffered from trauma witness their story of resilience come alive on stage; through our Inspired Bodies youth program that uses our creative methodologies to teach young dancers that their ideas matter and that they can collaborate with other thinkers to create something meaningful; through our new Embodied Leadership workshop where our creative process provides tools for working leaders to slow down, listen, and connect with their physical selves.
I am also just as curious about other artists’ processes, specifically dance theater works that likewise come from a complex, human place. My proclivity, though it may be old-fashioned, is for work that has been built around an idea. It doesn’t have to look a certain way or be made in a certain style, but it must be inhabited, lived in, and carefully wrought over time. I want to elevate, now more than ever, this kind of thoughtful, “felt” work. This is the main reason for cultivating the Annex as a place where both local and international artists can be seen and enjoyed. Quite selfishly, I want to bring them here to expand my own understanding of what art can do. But I also want to share that experience with the community that has been so generous with me during all of these years in the Bay Area. We can learn together, be jolted out of our complacency and taken into the glories of the unexpected. Sounds juicy, doesn’t it?
And, just to peak your curiosity- it’s almost time for another immersive, performance adventure. We’re getting ready for a new site-specific performance to premiere in 2018 – but you’ll have to wait on those details. We have to leave some things for later!
This all sounds like it could take another 30 years! But, we are up for the challenge. I am honored and excited at the prospect of these programs that promise to carry on the work in a fulfilling way, and I ask that you make a contribution to support these efforts. I am deeply grateful to my dear friends for supporting the Company with a $15,000 match, which I hope you will take advantage of before June 30th.
Thank you very much for your dedication and support of our work and our community.
Joe Goode, Artistic Director
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