Goat Island

Core Group:

Karen Christopher
Matthew Goulish
Lin Hixson
Mark Jeffery
Bryan Saner
Litó Walkey

Company Manager:

John Rich

Goat Island is a Chicago based  performance group and was founded in 1987, incorporated in 1989 as a non-profit organization to produce collaborative performance works. It was developed by its members for local, national, and international audiences. Eight completed works include Soldier, Child, Tortured Man (1987); We Got A Date(1989)

Collaboration

The members of the group contribute all contribute to the conception, research, writing, choreography, documentation, and educational demands of the work. They try to be very critical when collaborating, so they will notice all of the things that need to be fixed. They say that by being critical, it is hard for one to be creative, but they strive to be both critical and creative at the same time.

Goat Island also tries to focus on historical and contemporary issues through their texts and movements and they try to set their performances in non-theatrical locations.

Stage

They try to create unique settings for their work, such as sporting arenas or parade ground. Goat Island wants to create a spatial relationship between their audience and themselves. They perform using various types of movements and some can be physically demanding.

Topics

Goat Island also tries to focus on historical and contemporary issues through their texts and movements and they try to place their performances in unconventional locations. They also research and write collaborative lectures and sometimes publish these, either in their artist book or journals.

Reference

http://www.goatislandperformance.org/home.htm

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