In dance, the body speaks a language that transcends the need for speech in a mode that depends on the universality of the flesh, uttered in dialects of technique. Joe Goode Performance Group counters this convention in “Hush,” March 10-12 at the Dance Center of Columbia College, in which six interlocking stories about silence and secrets emerge from a chance meeting in a bar, developed from true stories of trauma overheard in San Francisco. The resulting dance-theater piece imagines silence as the essence of self-discovery and empowerment. With a soundscape inspired by the background noises superimposed on films, devised and performed by electro-acoustic sound artist Sudhu Tewari, a score commissioned from San Francisco musician and composer Ben Juodvalkis, and a performance in which the dancers sometimes speak, sometimes sing, and sometimes move, mouths shut, to their own voiceovers, don’t expect a quiet evening out. Be ready for an experience that crosses between athletic theater and vigorous storytelling. (Irene Hsiao)
Joe Goode Performance Group at the Dance Center of Columbia College, 1306 South Michigan, (312)369-8330. Thursday-Saturday, March 10-12 at 7:30pm. $30.