Joe Goode Performance Group | Dance Center of Columbia College | Dance | Chicago Reader
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When: Feb. 3-5 2011
Price: $26-$30
Queer choreographer Joe Goode is a master of the uncomfortable moment, drawing us into the often cruel humor of his text-riddled dance theater works. In the solo 29 Effeminate Gestures--one of two pieces being presented here by Goode's San Francisco-based company--Melecio Estrella brandishes a chain saw, then sheds his workman's jumpsuit to mince about the stage. We're encouraged to laugh at the stereotypes of the macho man and the supersensitive nancy boy, but the piece moves beyond cliche with Estrella's continuing transformations. In the end, he embodies a violent but completely sympathetic desperation. The other piece on the program, the 40-minute Wonderboy, is a queasy blend of naivete and cynicism. It's focused on still another character who feels too much--an empathic innocent played by a puppet--yet also invites titters at the rape of a man in drag. Trapped at first within a proscenium-like window, the puppet is eventually freed with the help of six live dancers. By then his pathos and cutesy voice have gotten really, really old, but his whimsy is subverted by the muscular, unsentimental dancing. --Laura Molzahn



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