Sometimes we hush because we are wounded and we don’t want the world to know.
Sometimes we hush because the dominant culture doesn’t wish to hear what we have to say.
Sometimes we hush because we can’t find the words. The moment is not quite right.
And sometimes we are rapt, transfixed by a moment of beauty, and a hush falls over us.
A collaboration with sound effects artist Sudhu Tewari and musician/composer Ben Juodvalkis, Hush combines personal stories, dance, visuals, and innovative ambient sound techniques drawn from Foley filmmaking to explore the various ways in which we are hushed by society. Technologically produced sound contrasted against organic movement and spoken/sung word will dramatize the interlocking stories of six characters as they are alternately hushed or become “hushers” themselves.
Prior to each performance of Hush, a pre-performance created by JGPG Alumn Marit Brook-Kothlow will take place at the Joe Goode Annex. The performance thematically sets the stage for Hush and will cycle through more than once so viewers can spend as little or as much time as they like. The pre-performance is free and open to the public. See performance times below.
Thursday-Saturday, Sep 26-28, 8pm (pre-show 6:30pm – 7:30pm)
Sunday, Sep 29, 3pm (pre-show 1:30pm – 2:30pm)
Thursday-Friday, Oct 3-4, 8pm (pre-show 6:30pm – 7:30pm)
Saturday, Oct 5, 7pm & 9pm (pre-show 5:30pm – 6:30pm only)
450 Florida Street, San Francisco
Joe Goode Annex (pre-performance only)
401 Alabama Street, San Francisco
10% discount for groups of 10 or more.
Call Jack Morse at the Z Space box office at 415-659-8132 to make a group reservation.
More about HUSH
Choreographer Joe Goode drew inspiration for Hush from personal stories gathered from members of his audience and community. The search for one’s individual voice as a figure of self-discovery and self-empowerment stood out as a recurring theme. Goode chose six of the stories as material for this latest work. The theme of finding one’s voice takes on atmospheric depth in a sound installation by Tewari and Juodvalkis.
Tewari specializes in creating electro-acoustic sound art from the remains of discarded stereo equipment, kinetic sculptures, and other devices. For Hush he uses techniques from the world of movie sound effects – techniques known as Foley art – to create a many-textured ambient environment for the performers.
Initial work on Hush began with a two week creative residency at the Flying E Guest Ranch in Wickenberg, Arizona. Joe and dancers developed some of the first songs and text for the piece during this residency, which was supported in part by the Wellik Foundation, Flying E Guest Ranch, and Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, Cathy Weiss Executive Director.
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