“THE RAMBLER” – A World Premiere from Joe Goode Performance Group

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Sean Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
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JOE GOODE PERFORMANCE GROUP presents the world premiere of THE RAMBLER, a journey taken by a restless, peripatetic soul who just can’t stay put. Goode disrupts classic American imagery in The Rambler. Part romantic cultural icon and part global historic figure – is he an independent pioneer or a restless figure who does not know his place in the world? Perhaps both. Vignettes unfold to reveal what may be at the heart of this particularly American desire and proclivity to always be on the move. With depth and humor, Goode examines the notion of what it means to exist in a restless and rootless nation, exploring the consequences and redefining the space for us to reconnect with the rambler in us all. The Rambler begins a two-week run in the Novellus Theater at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. There will be six performances – June 10, 11, 16, 17, 18 at 8:00 pm and June 12 at 7:00 pm.

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This new work from Joe Goode delves into the human impulse to wander, and explores how this inclination has become a part of our national identity. Goode has assembled a team of designers including internationally renowned puppet artist Basil Twist in the role of Scenic Designer to re-imagine the wanderer; the lone cowboy or drifter who appears throughout American lore – and whose roots are deep in cultures throughout the world. Think Clint Eastwood meets Siddhartha in this examination of the restless loner inside us. With an original score composed by Jesse Olsen Bay, lighting design by Jack Carpenter, and costumes by Wendy Sparks, Joe Goode and his virtuosic troupe use dance, song and text to explore the complex and bittersweet experience of the mysterious character known as The Rambler. Performers include Felipe Barrueto-Cabello, Melecio Estrella, Damara Vita Ganley, Jessica Swanson, Andrew Ward, Patricia West and Alexander Zendzian.

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The premiere of The Rambler also helps to mark the kick-off to Joe Goode Performance Group’s 25th Anniversary Season and a celebration of the indelible mark the company’s vision and performances have made on the Bay Area and internationally. Led by Founder and Artistic Director Joe Goode, the company has influenced a whole generation of modern dancers and choreographers through provocative and often humorous works exploring a range of moods and emotional textures through high velocity movement, voice, language and music. In April, Joe Goode Performance Group moves to its first permanent home at at the historic Project Artaud complex in San Francisco. The move and new space marks a significant milestone in the group’s 25-year history. Joe Goode’s vision for a center for creativity will help set the company’s trademark spirit of curiosity and inquiry by encouraging experimentation with other artists both locally and internationally and working across disciplines with multimedia, installation and site-specific artists.

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