The Body as Home: Exploring the Experience of Aging
“It’s about teaching people to be deeply present in what’s going on at the moment, however imperfect.”
– Joe Goode
Preview the conversation:
Thank You to Our Featured Guest: Joe Goode, Artistic Director and the Choreographer of the Joe Goode Performance Group
Thank You to Our Forum Host: Susanne Stadler, Architect, Executive Director of At Home With Growing Older
“Culturally, we don’t know how to deal with aging. We find ourselves living with a lot of fear. We don’t know what to do with our older people. We house them away and hide them away.”
In this conversation with Joe Goode, we discuss how, through his work, Joe is challenging the predominant narratives of aging and the fearfulness that accompanies the inevitable demise of the physical body. Joe shares insights about his latest performance, As We Go, which was performed to much acclaim at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and asked viewers to reconsider the wondrous complexities of living and dying. He also talks about his approach to movement as we age. Listen & explore along with us as we delve further into the topic of our own personal & universal aging experiences.
“Who are you holding in your heart and head? Is there an older person you are holding? Do you touch them on the hand sometimes? Do you ask yourself – when will I become the person who needs help? It goes by fast.” – Quotes by Joe Goode
More About Joe Goode:
Joe Goode is a choreographer, writer, and director widely known as an innovator in the field of dance. Throughout his career he has stretched traditional boundaries of modern dance in collaborative and site-specific work incorporating spoken word and song along with movement. The Joe Goode Performance Group (JGPG) makes their work accessible to all people and supports minority/marginalized groups.
He was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 2007, and the United States Artists Glover Fellowship in 2008. The Joe Goode Performance Group, formed in 1986, tours regularly throughout the U.S., and has toured internationally to Canada, Europe, South America, Africa, and the Middle East.
Goode is known as a master teacher; his summer workshops in “felt performance” attract participants from around the world, and the company’s teaching residencies on tour are hugely popular. He is a member of the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley in the department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies. JGDG offers Movements for Humans, a workshop for all ages and abilities which explores the healing pleasure of simple mobility.
- Joe Goode Performance Company | Visit Joe’s website and learn more about the JGPC’s upcoming performances & workshops.
- Movement for Humans | Open Saturday classes taught either by Joe Goode or Joe Goode Performance Group company members focusing on gentle, restorative movement. 10:00 – 11:15 a.m. PST via Zoom. This is a slow, restorative movement meditation taught online and mostly from a lying down position. These classes are designed to be taken from your home space.
- As We Go | Trailer video showcasing JGPG’s latest performance.
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The original, live conversation was recorded on:
Thursday, November 9, 2023 at 5:30 PM PST.