Greacian Goeke

Greacian Goeke
Oakland, CA
Creative Non-Fiction, Fiction, Memoir, Non-Fiction, Playwriting, Poetry, Acting, Choral/Vocal Music, Dance/Movement, Improvisation, Instrumental Music, Storytelling, Collage, Drawing, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Quilting
English, French
Adult Day Care, After School Program, Assisted Living, College/University, Arts/Cultural Organizations, Community Center, Independent Living, K-12 Schools, Library, Nursing Home, Rehabilitation Center, Senior Center
Passion Statement My passion is to open the horizons of dance expression to all, nurturing community bonds and strengthening individuals’ mind-body health through the creative freedom of movement. Biography Since Greacian Goeke’s first artist residency at the Goldman Institute on Aging in 1989, she been inciting the abundant creativity of older adults and younger collaborators through dance, movement, music and T’ai Chi Ch’uan. She is inspired every day to see creative expression bring the whole person to life. Greacian has served as an interdisciplinary teaching artist in schools and health communities, senior residences, memory care programs and colleges. Her collaborative performances have included large-scale umbrella dances and visual art in response to dance. She has worked extensively with the Institute on Aging, Center for Elders Independence, Albany Senior Center, San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Mills College. Greacian was recently selected as a winner of the Community-Engaged Practice Award from her alma mater, California College of the Arts. She also completed a year-long Dance Education Leadership Institute through Luna Dance of Berkeley. She is Artistic Director of Impromptu No Tutu, the elder dance ensemble she founded in 2008. Greacian holds an M.F.A. in Performance/Film/Video from California College of Arts and Crafts (1990) and a B.A. in English from Cornell University (1976). She received a Level III Certificate in Orff Schulwerk through Mills College (1999) and has trained in modern dance, percussion, improvisation and choral singing. She received additional training in Dalcroze Eurythmics at Carnegie Mellon University.
Losing my father to suicide propelled me into this work over 25 years ago. As an arts educator my mission is to make sure that no older adult has to suffer in isolation and despair. I am honored to offer the tools of imagination and community in creativity, to empower elders to see and value themselves, to continue engaging with life and the generations to come.