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In his new studio, Joe Goode sculpts a new work, The Rambler

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Joe Goode Performance Group presents the world premiere of The Rambler at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
PHOTO BY RJ MUNA

"I'd also like to present some kind of a platform series where more established artists can curate and mentor a younger artist and present them while trying to explain their work and why he or she is attracted to it," he continued. "Again, it's something you'll see a lot in Europe — artists curating series — and I think it's an important thing to do."

Furthermore, Goode acknowledges the potential for installation work in the vast new space. With impossibly high ceilings, the building can be transformed to accommodate a variety of installations and sets, also of increasing interest to the choreographer: "The proscenium assumes that we're the professional and you're the person who gives us money. The separation of feeling and the distance takes away some of the volition of the viewer. When you think about installation work, you have to get involved. You have to make decisions and discover on your own — and then it's much more personal."

Mining human terrain to develop his work, Goode champions going deeply into tactile, embodied, and sensual moments. He considers the practice especially relevant in a society that tends toward thinking and technology. "I'm really beginning to understand after so many years my own values about making folk art and the simple connection of delving into material that people can understand," he said. "I do want to start beating the drum very loudly for this kind of work — an alternative approach that really values the human experience, especially in our troubled times."

For Goode, making art is a sort of survival technique for living in a world that's dangerous, threatening, and bewildering. "Its a way of locating myself and understanding where I am in a given time — and hopefully providing others with a kind of perspective."

THE RAMBLER

Fri/10–Sat/11 and June 16–18, 8 p.m.;

Sun/12, 7 p.m., $19–$49

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Novellus Theater

701 Mission, SF

(415) 978-2787

www.joegoode.org