fundraising drive for Joe Goode Performance Group
Amount Raised: $48,446
We’re here to think of possibility.
In early March, the world started turning upside down. Theater closed. Classes shut down. Fundraiser canceled. Performances delayed. Artistic plans thwarted and grieved. The financial losses stacked up to over $30,000 within days. But we’re not here to share a tale of woe.
What’s possible when we reopen the Annex with the newfound needs of working artists as our guiding star? What’s possible should we reimagine performances for audiences of 10 people spaced 6ft apart? What’s possible if we embrace Joe’s career-spanning mantra: our honest, messy, faltering lives hold immeasurable value. We require no pretense.
This fundraising drive is about creating possibility. Supporting each other and being supported. We need you. During the campaign we will share new video messages here from our team, complete with songs and dances. This replaces BOTH our annual fundraising party AND our mailed letter campaign in June. If you typically give at one of those times, please consider donating today.*
Give to Joe Goode Performance Group for:
- Movement for Humans, Dance for Parkinson’s, and free classes for Veterans, now online and back to being in person as soon as we can
- Five teaching residencies at Bay Area High Schools starting this Fall (those kids will be READY to move together!)
- Rental fee discounts for nearly HALF of all working artists at the Annex, and a safe place to dance and see dance, as soon as we reopen.
- TIME OF CHANGE, Joe’s new performance, a performed walking tour through the Haight next summer. Donors of $2,500 or more are invited to exclusive Salons throughout the year.
*To mail a check, send to: Joe Goode Performance Group, 499 Alabama St #150, San Francisco, CA 94110.
Artistic Director and Founder
“Have you ever wanted to be a hippie? I did. I wanted to be a hippie, when I was a little queer teenager growing up in the late 60s in the south… I’m really excited to report that we’re going to make a multi-site piece about it, in collaboration with SF Heritage. It’s going to be about questioning that movement: was it in fact just for rich white kids? Did it ever really include all the people?”
Norbert De La Cruz III
Guest dancer & collaborator
"I am originally from the Philippines & I was raised in LA. I work as a freelancer in NYC. I'm here in San Francisco collaborating with Joe Goode for his new project in Haight Ashbury... Thank you to all the wonderful people who are supporting this project & our art & Joe Goode"
Damara Vita Ganley
Education Co-Coordinator & Company Member
“I thought I would share a little song from 'Poetics of Space' (2014) … It’s a sad song, but it’s also a song about feeling, about opening up to all the feelings. And creating a space for all of them to be.”
Liz Burritt's Monologue from 'What the Body Knows'
Founding JGPG Dancer
“This is my face. This is my face watching you. It’s a sympathetic face mostly... It’s a face that *gasp* understands. Yes, yes. My face right there in your moment, ready to understand everything you’re feeling… I can take you on. My face can feel EVERYTHING you’ve got, and show it back to you… Relax. Breathe a little, and know that I care.”
Education Co-Coordinator & Company Member
"When I am this quiet I get some relief from being myself. I get momentarily unstuck from that idea of who I am."
"I’m the Venue Manager at the Annex... I spend a lot of my time working with staff & artists to keep our space alive & going. Our Co-Productions support a next generation of artists - who experiment & transform the Annex. I’m super excited to show you this clip of the amazing work that we put together. I was so fortunate to be a part of it as a lighting designer and got to witness the magic making. See for yourself how the Annex transforms."
Local choreographer in the Co-Production Program
“I'm a choreographer currently receiving financial & production support at the Annex... the show has been postponed to 2021. Now at home, we've been working on a dance film adaption of LASOS, which I would love to share with you right now."
"Our team is 37 people ...nearly every single one of those people is a working artist. We were able to think about our programs and transform them because of that creativity."
'Tap Tap' from the Resilience Project
A song by Joe & the Company performed at the CJM
"This is my favorite little speech given to us by a local veteran, here in San Francisco. He's one of the older vets (I don't know if I get to say older anymore)... but it just goes to show that real wisdom comes from experience." —Joe Goode
“Joe has worked, through choreography and also dance, to liberate the voice of the dancer from the silent world that we're used to them being in. There's so much of the human that comes through with the voice!”
'I Know a Place' from Still Standing
The opening song from our last immersive work
"I know a light that just won't go out,
I left it out one night & now it can't be found,
they tell me don't worry but I'm sick with doubt
how dare they, think the light comes from within."
—vocals by Damara Vita Ganley & Cast; lyrics + music by Lila Blue
Communications & Program Manager
"It means a lot for me, to be supporting other artists working together. And, in this time of our shelter-in-place reality, we've been trying to brainstorm how we can continue to have artists working together."
Annex Artist Coordinator + Technician
“I feel very strongly about my work with JGPG. Something that I truly cherish is the opportunity to support exciting, up-and-coming artists who are putting on their own shows—sometimes in really grassroots ways, & sometimes for the first time ever."
Young Artists Finding their Voice
JGPG's Collaboration with SFArts Ed Students
"Joe Goode has given me the opportunity to write about my feelings & experiences - & to be more real, which I think has enhanced my performances." —B, student
"I feel like with Joe Goode, you're making history... it's more organic & original. A few years ago, my mom passed, & I took some words that I wrote from my personal notebook, & I put it into this song." —Laffi, student
Melecio & Wailana with local SF students
JGPG Teaching Artists & Inspired Bodies Youth Education
In what ended up being their last rehearsal before schools closed, JGPG's Teaching Artists engaged an ongoing collaboration with high school youth. Students learn to draw from their own lived experience & find resilience, collaboration, movement & joy. JGPG will bring Inspired Bodies to five schools this Fall!
“When I first moved to the city 30 years ago, one of the first shows I attended was a Joe Goode performance. I was really blown away by the experience...I’ve learned they do so much more beyond their stunning performances. I just really believe in the company.”