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Joe Goode Performance Group

Theater Artaud

Sigmund Freud said that the study of dreams was the “royal way.” Joe Goode would probably agree. His multimedia reverie (incorporating text, movement, music, and dance) is about what it’s like to be dead. To illuminate this question, he relies on the logic of dreams. The result is very affecting and very funny.

The author of Remembering the Pool at the Best Western, 1991, offers himself as protagonist. In the first act an alter-ego from beyond the beyond, manifested as a demented big-haired harlequin, mimics his every gesture, while asking a series of rhetorical questions about the afterlife to which the answer is always: “No. Never. Absolutely not.” This parallelism, which occurs throughout, is not confined to movement; indeed, being dead seems very much to resemble being alive. True, the palette may be reduced to the monochromatic, still we remain in a sensual sphere. The dancers, clad

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