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The San Francisco Girls Chorus Present RITES AND PASSAGES Featuring Joe Goode Performance Group, Kanoko Nishi, and Sarah Cahill, 6/14

The San Francisco Girls Chorus Present RITES AND PASSAGES Featuring Joe Goode Performance Group, Kanoko Nishi, and Sarah Cahill, 6/14

The five-time Grammy-winning San Francisco Girls Chorus will close its2013-2014 35th season with a special concert of music by Eastern European composers and guest artists Joe Goode Performance Group and pianists Kanoko Nishi and Sarah Cahill Saturday, June 14, at 8 pm at Nourse Theatre in San Francisco. The program, entitled Rites and Passages and conducted by Girls Chorus Music Director Valérie Sainte-Agathe, will feature Bartók's Three Village Scenes performed as a suite with original dance interpolations created by Joe Goode and performed by members of his acclaimed Joe Goode Performance Group. The Chorus will be joined by guest pianists Kanoko Nishi and Sarah Cahill for Nishi's new two-piano arrangement of Scenes 1 and 3 from Stravinsky's Les Noces and will go a cappella for Stravinsky'sFour Russian Peasant Songs. Completing the program will be Smetana's Three Choruses for Female Voice. [Editor Note this program is a change from the program of Stravinsky, Poulenc and Fauré originally announced for this date in August, 2013.] For information and tickets, visit www.sfgirlschorus.org .

Lisa Bielawa, Girls Chorus Artistic Director commented, "These three Eastern European composers offer us vivid "scenes" through these evocative pieces. From village life to bird migrations to domestic rituals of a bride and her family, these are richly-painted musical canvases of daily life in Eastern Europe at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century."

Tickets are priced $18-$36 and are available for purchase through City Box Office; by phone at 415-392-4400; online atwww.cityboxoffice.com; or in person at City Box Office, 180 Redwood Street, Suite 100, San Francisco (Monday - Friday, 9:30am-5pm).

About the Guest Artists

Joe Goode Performance Group (JGPG) promotes understanding, compassion and tolerance among people through the innovative use of dance and theater, as interpreted by the artistic vision and work of Joe Goode. In Goode's words: "We want to be a site for innovation, to take dance theater out of the traditional theater setting and to place it in a more living, breathing relationship to the viewer."

History: In 1979, Joe Goode began synthesizing a genre of dance theater that combined text, gestures, and humor with deeply physical, high velocity dancing. In 1986, JGPG incorporated with the mission of providing a support structure for Goode's artistic work. Over the past 26 years JGPG has performed annually in the San Francisco Bay Area and has toured throughout the U.S. JGPG has appeared in Canada, Europe, South America, the Middle East and Africa, including the Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theater in 1999.

Joe Goode has been recognized nationally and internationally as an innovator in the development of contemporary dance theater. Goode's signature work, 29 Effeminate Gestures, was produced by PBS and aired nationally on "Alive from Off Center." In 1995, Goode was one of the first ten choreographers to receive a prestigious National Dance Residency Program grant.

Joe Goode was named a United States Artists Fellow for 2008, one of only five national dance artists so honored. Goode was selected for his unflagging commitment to innovation and experimentation in dance/theater. In 2007 Goode received the prestigious John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship.

Goode has a 26-year history of creating new work. During the past several seasons he has been alternating between proscenium work and walk-through, multimedia performance installations as a way to open audiences' minds to the limitless potential of where and how dance theater can be experienced. Humansville(2007) was an installation in which the audience was able to proceed through multiple rooms, encircled by video, dance and music, which wrapped around them in an exploration of the flailing, absurd condition of being human. The highly theatrical piece played to near sell-out houses for 12 performances.

Wonderboy (2008) was a collaboration with world renowned puppeteer Basil Twist. It was an unexpected tale of a peculiar superhero isolated by his gift of super sensitivity, in which Goode integrated yet another art form into his innovative cross-disciplinary work. 2009 saw Goode's most ambitious undertaking to date - a site-specific installation at the Old San Francisco Mint. Traveling Light was a critical success, played to near-capacity audiences, and was remounted for 28 performances in 2010.

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