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Irvine Barclay Theatre
4242 Campus Drive Irvine, CA 92612
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“Fresh, touching and wickedly funny.” -New York Times
“In the land of Joe Goode, there is always hope, often symbolized by the beautifully evolving shapes of dance itself” _-Los Angeles Times _
“Dance theater that questions what it means to be human” —Dance Magazine


Joe Goode Performance Group is celebrating its 20th anniversary season as it returns to the Irvine Barclay Theatre with a special program. The program includes “Stay Together” and “Deeply There (stories of a neighborhood).” This performance is part of the Barclay’s Contemporary Dance Collection.

Premiered in the company’s hometown of San Francisco in June, “Stay Together” is a dance-theatre collaboration between choreographer Joe Goode and composer Michael Tilson Thomas, the celebrated conductor of the San Francisco Symphony. Characteristic of Goode’s body of work, the piece fuses text, music, movement and media as it explores the challenges imposed by personal relationships.

“Deeply There (stories of a neighborhood)” is Goode’s powerful and critically praised 1998 response to the AIDS epidemic. The piece won a 1999 New York Bessie Award. The choreographer selected it from among all of his work to represent his 20-year journey with the company. A riveting soliloquy by Mr. Goode brings to an end this utterly original and moving work of performance art.

Founded in 1986, Joe Goode Performance Group has performed annually in the San Francisco Bay Area and has toured extensively throughout the United States. Over the past 20 years, Joe Goode’s artistry has been acclaimed at dance venues and festivals in Europe, South America, Canada, Africa and the Middle East, including the Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theater.

  • Joe Goode* is a choreographer, writer, and director whose first concern as an artist is to provide a “deeply felt, profoundly human experience” in the theater. This past summer showcased Mr. Goode’s directing debut for the San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program’s production of Transformations.
  • Michael Tilson Thomas* is the Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony, the Founder and Artistic Director of the New World Symphony (a national training orchestra for the most gifted graduates of America’s music conservatories), and the Principal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra. Since becoming Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony in 1995, Tilson Thomas and the orchestra have made several tours of Europe and the Far East. They appear each year at Carnegie Hall in New York. In 2005 Tilson Thomas was named Artist of the Year by Gramophone magazine. His recordings with the San Francisco Symphony have won five Grammy Awards. In 2001, Renée Fleming premiered his song cycle Poems of Emily Dickinson. His other notable compositions include From the Diary of Anne Frank, commissioned by UNICEF, and performed by the New World Symphony with guest narrator Audrey Hepburn; and Showa/Shoah, a work commemorating the 50th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, for the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra.

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