Joe Goode’s thrilling journey is ‘Traveling Light’ 

“Traveling Light,’ a performance piece brilliantly filling up San Francisco’s historic Old Mint, is sensual, meditative, compelling and clever, a truly one-of-a-kind experience for art lovers.

It’s clear why the Joe Goode Performance Group is quickly selling out this encore presentation of last year’s hit premiere: The work is not only unique; it’s a dynamic, multi-faceted event that takes its own shape for each audience member.

The dance-theater-spoken word installation is a series of simultaneous performances in various rooms of the majestic, mood-inducing building; visitors, divided into groups, move from location to location, each group getting its own version of the show. (It also begs to be repeated, for a completely different view every time.) The agile performers also gravitate from site to site in nifty, intersecting ways. It’s about many things – the search for identity and meaning in life, self-worth, the power of money – yet its beauty and power stem from how it’s designed specifically for viewers to come up with their own interpretations. Goode’s troupe is uniformly excellent, their movement, acting and singing precise, soulful and evocative.

Assisted by an uncanny production, set and lighting design by Jack Carpenter, modern music by Jay Cloidt, elegant costumes by Wendy Sparks and engineering by Dan Sweeney, director-choreographer Goode has created a wholly satisfying brain-teaser of a work that does everything good art is supposed to do – touch viewers’ souls and minds – and make them want more.   


DANCE REVIEW
Traveling Light

Presented by Joe Goode Performance Group

Where: Old Mint, 88 Fifth St. (at Mission Street), San Francisco
When: 8 p.m.Wednesdays-Thursdays and Sundays; 8 and 10 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays; closes Aug. 1
Tickets: $30 to $44
Contact: www.joegoode.org

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