The Resilience Project is a unique dance/theater piece examining human trauma and the ability to be resilient. Through interviews with combat veterans and their family members from around the country, Joe and the company members devised a work that combines text from the interviews, original songs, and movement into a moving performance. The work aims to give voice to the feelings, insights, and pain of these brave individuals.
Life isn’t turning out the way we planned it.
Sometimes it’s much messier than we imagined.
Sometimes it’s a flat line that emits a flat buzzing sound.
Still, we mostly find a way to live it –by making deals with ourselves or with the gods (small g) of love and fortune.
I want to hear from you, my fellow travelers, about where you’ve been so far and the ways in which you have been surprised by it all.The result is what you will see performed. -Joe Goode
The Resilience Project is derived from JGPG’s Human Kind performance series, an experimental performance series centered around the ways in which we are fallible and imperfect, using real stories from the community to drive the process of creation. The Human Kind process was then adapted into a residency format where Joe and the company interview a specific group of participants, using their individual responses and stories about resiliency to develop the text for a staged work that collides words and movement, gesture, and song into a visceral experience of the participants profoundly moving stories.
“Resilience to me is about falling down and getting up. It is about absorbing the impossible difficulties that come one’s way. I have discovered through doing these interviews, that it can also be about pressing the restart button, about accepting tragic and often devastating circumstances, and moving on to create a new condition for one’s life.”-Joe Goode
The first residency of the Resilience Project took place in 2013 in Manhattan, Kansas at the Institute for Health and Well Being of Military and their Families in collaboration with Kansas State University. The company worked with returning veterans from Iraq/Afghanistan, who came back from conflict with life changing injuries or disabilities, both physical and emotional.
“They communicated the essence of the resilience challenge in military veterans in ways that mere words cannot express.” -Director of Military Affairs for K-State
The Resilience Project
Joe Goode Annex
The Resilience Project
Presented byColumbia College, Chicago
The Resilience Project
Presented by theAmerican Dance Institute
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Presented by Chico Performances at CSU
What does it mean to be resilient?
Institute for Health and Well Being of Military and their Families
Kansas State University, KS
Human Kind: Out of the Blue
Joe Goode Annex, SF
It unspooled with a light touch and zero melodrama, shedding light on intimate experiences with occasional glints of wit. – Sarah Kaufman, The Washington Post
The Resilience Project at ADI was developed from a series of interviews with veterans and their family members across the nation. Text from the interviews was interwoven with movement and song to create a performance based on their stories of resilience.
“When they spoke my words it went straight through my heart.” -OLLI participant
Resilientwas the culminating performance following a residency at Chico State University where Joe and the company worked with five OLLI members, ages 71-90. The participants were interviewed about life-changing events they have experienced, or are currently experiencing, including chronic disease, loss, and social isolation. The text from the interviews was then incorporated into a resilience-themed performance. A short, documentary video about the residency is currently available online.
“It was an uncompromisingly honest and emotional performance…” -The Collegian
What does it mean to be resilient? was the culminating performance following a week-long residency at Kansas State University where Joe and the company worked with military families, caregivers, and civilian employees who have been affected by war emotionally and physically. Those open to participating contributed their personal stories about loss, injury, stress, dislocation, separation, and grief and asked them to answer questions including, ‘How do you bounce back from something really tragic – and a difficult circumstance?’ and ‘Can you really heal from those situations?’. Joe and the company then integrated the stories word-for-word into a performance about resilience. Read the reviews below to learn more about the experience.
Out of the Bluewas the first in the Human Kind series and the first experiment in exploring the real life stories of being human. For Out of the Blue we asked our audience from our online community and at the performance questions about the trajectory of their lives:
We were blown away by the honesty and vulnerability shared with us by so many. The answers we received were the primary text for this evening’s performance and were interwoven into Human Kind: An Evening of Dance and Discussionand finally the full length 2012 productionWhen We Fall Apart. Read the original submissions in their entiretyHERE.
“I had a line from my submission used in the show [When We Fall Apart] – so it was terribly exciting to see the workshops and the final piece and know that I am in a very small way part of the JGPG canon.”-Human Kind/When We Fall Apart Attendee