But Goode, who directs the Joe Goode Performance Group, rarely has answers; it's the questions that interest him. For his current show, the recently appointed UC Berkeley drama department professor has asked himself what the body, with its reptilian brain and its fleeting sensations of the divine, knows. What special understanding does the body have that eludes the mind? For his material he draws on experiences directed by intuition rather than intellect.
He calls the show What the Body Knows, and tonight through Sunday Goode and his tribe of seven dancers begin their work outside, free and open to the public, in the Yerba Buena Gardens. The installation is comprised of an array of small stories and takes place in collaboration with videographer Doug Rosenberg, composer Beth Custer, and lighting designer Jack Carpenter. Goode then lures the paying part of the audience inside, where What the Body Knows continues (along with retooled versions of Hapless and Take Place).
Story links it all. Hapless is a small gem about freedom and memory and a floaty, flighty girl. Take Place grapples with the human need for a place in the world. Few images capture the loneliness of human rootlessness as well as the beautiful, bare willow branches sprouting from the dancers' backs, as though they were trees with no place to root. As Goode demonstrates, even the body knows that it needs a home.