San Francisco's Magic Premieres Joe Goode's Dance-Play Body Familiar Jan. 3-Feb. 2

News   San Francisco's Magic Premieres Joe Goode's Dance-Play Body Familiar Jan. 3-Feb. 2 The inner turmoil of ordinary lives is the focus of Joe Goode's new dance-play, Body Familiar, premiering Jan. 3-Feb. 2 at San Francisco's Magic Theatre.

Body Familiar is plotted like Contact with a dialogue interspersed throughout the dance. It is the story of the sculptor Leonard, who uses bones, organs and skins of animals to craft his unique installations. Haunted by the loss of the only man he's ever loved, Leonard works for his beautiful friend and patron Kitty, a witty woman married to the obscenely wealthy Bull. Instead of caring for Kitty, however, Bull obsesses on his dead first wife. The action of the dance-play moves from New York to London to Cape Cod and Costa Rica with some moments set in the otherworldly land of the dead. Goode, who heads his own dance troupe, is also a writer and director and often combines spoken text with his dance pieces. His works include Deeply There (stories of a neighborhood), which won a 1998 Bessie Award in New York.

Performing Body Familiar are members of Goode's company, Felipe Barrueto-Cabello, Marit Brook-Kothlow and Elizabeth Burritt plus Celia Shuman, Mark Rafael Truitt and Liam Vincent.

Tickets are $17-$37. The Magic Theatre is located in Building D at the Fort Mason Center on Marina Boulevard. For reservations, call (415) 441-8822. The Magic Theatre is on line at http://www.magictheatre.org.