Goode explores resilience in ‘When We Fall Apart’ 

click to enlarge House and home: The Joe Goode Performance Group – featuring Alexander Zendzian, front, and Joe Goode – presents the premiere of  “When We Fall Apart” at Z Space. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • House and home: The Joe Goode Performance Group – featuring Alexander Zendzian, front, and Joe Goode – presents the premiere of “When We Fall Apart” at Z Space.

Joe Goode looks cute in a wig.

In his new show, “When We Fall Apart,” he wears a number of them, telling sometimes funny, mostly familiar, but not necessarily revelatory, stories in the personas of friends who have unraveled.

While more coherent and satisfying than last year’s “The Rambler,” but not as transcendent as “Traveling Light,” the 2009-10 site-specific work in San Francisco’s Old Mint, “When We Fall Apart,” as in all offerings from the Joe Goode Performance Group, blends words, music, movement and technology in appealing, provocative ways.

The poetic vignettes are the most appealing aspect of show, which had its world premiere at Z Space in The City last week.  

At the outset, Goode (his face appearing in a close up on a video screen), tells the audience that the show is going to be about things that are unreliable, like cheap shoes and Muni. Unlike previous works, based on his experiences, here he asked friends about their lives, dreams, expectations and disappointments; their wistful, sometimes humorous, answers comprise the text.

Dancers Felipe Barrueto-Cabello, Melecio Estrella, Damara Vita Ganley, Jessica Swanson, Andrew Ward, Patricia West and Alexander Zendzian provide the movement.

Goode’s elegant choreography – with the dancers often balancing with or tugging at each other – emphasizes the nature of personal relationships.

Original music, composed and played live by Ben Juodvalkis, has a pop, sometimes new age feel, and works well with the dance and narration, as does smooth lighting and video work by Jim French.

Acclaimed restaurant architect Cass Calder Smith created the set design, a moving, see-through wood-slat A-frame structure, and an upside down tree hanging from the ceiling.

While the program suggests that the building is meant to symbolize the fragile relationship between house and body (and the human need to keep building even though life is impermanent), the point is not driven home until the final moments of the hour-long piece.     
 
REVIEW
When We Fall Apart
Presented by Joe Goode Performance Group
Where:  Z Space, 450 Florida St., S.F.
When: 7 p.m. Wednesdays-Thursdays, 7 and 9 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays; 5 p.m. Sundays; closes June 30
Tickets: $25 to $35
Contact: (800) 838-3006, http://www.zspace.org/

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