Don’t miss encore performances of JGPG’s critically acclaimed Wonderboy (2008), the story of a peculiar superhero puppet, and Joe Goode’s legendary 1987 work 29 Effeminate Gestures. The cutting edge masterpiece is an illuminating look at stereotypes of masculinity and considered Goode’s signature work.
29 Effeminate Gestures is a 12-minute solo set to music by Erik Ian Walker. It is an illuminating look at stereotypes of masculinity and considered Goode’s signature work. The cutting edge masterpiece originated in San Francisco before becoming a seminal work of socially relevant contemporary dance. San Francisco Chronicle called the work “…a masterpiece of gender deconstruction. Images of Goode wielding a chain saw and later a power drill flank a parade of in-your-face queer moves, as spoken warnings like “if you talk too much, laugh too much, feel too much” trail into nervous laughter. Goode’s comic timing is superb.” The solo will be performed by current company member Melecio Estrella.
Wonderboy first premiered at YBCA in 2008 to critical acclaim, with the Washington Post calling the work, “One of the most inventive solos with a prop in recent memory.” Using JGPG’s unique blend of storytelling through text, song, and dance, Wonderboy is a marvelous collaboration with acclaimed New York City based puppeteer Basil Twist. Showcasing Goode’s fearless innovation, the integration of puppet with dancers provides audiences with a unique creative experience highlighting the great humanity and sensitivity embodied in Twist’s puppet work. The operation of the puppet becomes part of the dance, at times invisible and other times integrated. Original musical composition by singer/violinist Carla Kihlstedt and pianist/drummer Matthias Bossi.