TRAVELING LIGHT – Joe Goode Performance Group At Historic San Francisco Mint

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Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
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Joe Goode Performance Group  re-mounts one of the most talked-about and acclaimed dance/theater works of 2009: Goode and lighting designer Jack Carpenter’s site-specific performance installation Traveling Light will be given 28 performances July 7-August 1 at San Francisco’s historic Old Mint. Created for the haunting interior chambers, vaults and skyward-looking courtyard of the decadently beautiful 19th century Old Mint building, Traveling Light takes audiences on a journey guided by light, movement and sound. Its multiple story lines are densely layered with tales of economic chaos in an innovative mash-up of athletic, up-close theater in an historic building that is rarely open to the public. Performances will be given Wednesdays-Sundays at 8 pm with additional 10 pm performances Fridays and Saturdays July 7-August 1. July 7 is an exclusive performance and reception for donors. San Francisco’s Old Mint is located at 88 Fifth Street at the corner of Fifth and Mission.
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Alexander Zendzian (front) and Andrew Ward perform in the Mint Courtyard
Photo, Austin Forbord

Traveling Light – “You’d think he would be satisfied” from Joe Goode Performance Group on Vimeo.

Resonating with history, place, ideas and time, Traveling Light is an ingeniously flexible journey designed by Goode to be a different performance each time, best experienced by audiences through multiple viewings. There are four different physical journeys through the Old Mint with each beginning and ending in a different space, making each performance distinct. Audience members have the tantalizing experience of hearing from afar parts of the installation they have heard before, as if in memory, as well as glimpses in sound and visuals of what is to come as they travel from space to space. A snippet of song or text can be heard from another room, performers can be glimpsed through windows and doorways as audience members pass by on their own journeys. Audience members and critics from the premiere performances in 2009 commented on the moving use of space, “gorgeous dancing”, “perfectly illuminated interiors” and “thought-provoking theater” whose impact was felt, discussed and unfolded in their minds long after the performance ended.
 
Joe Goode and Jack Carpenter have pushed the boundaries of their respective crafts by creating a very specific and nuanced set of conditions within the Old Mint that redefine dance, theater, design and narrative. Composer Jay Cloidt’s sonic landscapes enhance the performance, inhabiting the spaces. Costumes are by designed by Wendy Sparks and performers include Felipe Barrueto-Cabello, Melecio Estrella, Damara Vita Ganley, Jessica Swanson, Andrew Ward, Patricia West and Alexander Zendzian.

Traveling Light – “It’s a nothing time” from Joe Goode Performance Group on Vimeo.

An Ecological Parable of Traveling Lighter
At a time when the international dialogue is increasingly turning to eco-consciousness, Goode and Carpenter challenge the viewer to examine his or her relationship to excess. In particular, how can we “travel light” into the future? What is the role of fossil fuels, of synthetic materials, indeed of personal possessions? What does it mean to be “natural” and do we still have that capacity in this overtly technological society?

Says Goode: “We are clearly leaving a glutted, overfed age of prosperity and waste and moving into a more ecological era out of necessity and perhaps desperation. Traveling Light considers what we bring forward and what we leave behind. There are certainly personal and financial ramifications of our situation, but there are also spiritual and psychological issues about how we are going to be different now. I think the future will be a more reasonable time, not so much about personal greed. The Mint is an historical, institutional representation of money and capitalism and where we are coming from, and it seems ironic and right to explore where we are going inside of it.”

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Jessica Swanson – in Joe Goode’s Traveling Light
Photo, RJ Muna

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