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March 21, 2006

Joe Goode Performance Group Residency At UI Includes Free Public Events

A University of Iowa dance/theater residency by the Joe Goode Performance Group -- leading up to a performance of "Grace" and "Hometown" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 31, in Hancher Auditorium -- will include two free events, open to the public.

A discussion of "How Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Issues are Portrayed in Performance" will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, in the Terrace Room of the Iowa Memorial Union.

And Goode will be joined by acclaimed composer/director Mikel Rouse in a discussion about the creation of "Grace" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, in Room 1077 of the Voxman Music Building.

In "Grace" Goode and Rouse explore epiphanies, those life-changing moments when the spiritual transcends the day-to-day and new possibilities subvert routine. Rouse has been described as "a fearlessly pioneering personality who stretches the limits between music, visual image and text." He has emerged as one of the most prominent composers fusing rock and classical conventions.

A Los Angeles Times story described Joe Goode as the "gentle giant of dance-theater." In 1979 he began synthesizing a genre of dance/theater that combined text, gestures, song and humor with his own deeply physical, high velocity dancing. Joe Goode Performance Group has performed annually in the San Francisco Bay Area and has toured extensively, including Canada, Europe, South America, the Middle East and Africa.

Goode's work has been recognized with numerous awards and prizes, including a New York Dance and Performance Award ("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.

Tickets for the March 31 performance are available through the Hancher Auditorium box office, (319) 335-1160 or 1-800-HANCHER, and on-line 24 hours a day, seven days a week through Hancher's website:

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