Wonderboy premiered June 6, 2008 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco.
Wonderboy was a dance theater work created in collaboration with puppeteer Basil Twist, with music by singer/violinist Carla Kihlstedt and pianist/drummer Matthias Bossi. Goode’s attraction to the puppet world of Twist is the great humanity and sensitivity embodied in his puppets. Wonderboy is a boy who has special sensitivities, the uncanny ability to empathize with all types of people, an intuitive knack that sets him apart from others. He feels small and apart, an outsider with his nose pressed up against the glass looking in, but in truth, he has enormous power - to see and perceive and even to heal with his gentle demeanor. In "Wonderboy" the puppet came to life as a seamless part of the dance.
"Here, dance not only dominates. It does what it has done since time immemorial: It expresses what words cannot. That Twist can wrap his puppet in shades of meaning seems an act of considerable genius. " - Voice of Dance