Gender Heroes

Joe Goode

Artist Bio

Gender Heroes is an interdisciplinary work combining choreographer and dancer Joe Goode’s fascination with complex narratives, linked vignettes and physical, emotional and intellectual juxtapositions. A major component of this work concerns Harry Hay, a founder of the Mattachine Society, a pre-Stonewall gay liberation organization that was formed in 1951, the same year Goode was born.

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Dance Workshop at the Marriott Center for Dance on the University of Utah Campus and dance class at the Rose Wagner facility in Salt Lake City, Utah,  Feb. 22, 2012. (Photo by August Miller).

Joe Goode

San Francisco, CA

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. He is widely known as an innovator in the field of dance for his willingness to collide movement with spoken word, song, and visual imagery. His work has been recognized with numerous awards and prizes including a New York Dance and Performance Award (a “Bessie”), and several Isadora Duncan Dance Awards (“Izzies”). Goode has also been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council and the James Irvine Foundation. In 2007 Joe Goode was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. Joe Goode Performance Group (formed in 1986) has toured throughout the U.S. as well as in Canada, Europe, South America, the Middle East and Africa. Joe Goode is known as a master teacher; his summer workshops in “felt performance” attract participants from around the world. Goode serves on the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley in the department of theater, dance and performance studies.