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 Post subject: David Gordon and Pick Up Performance Company
PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2002 6:25 am 
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Tobi Tobias writes in the Village Voice:

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Private Lives of Dancers, shown under the auspices of the Danspace Project at St. Mark's Church, is the latest installment in David Gordon's dancing-and-talking work that testifies to an expanded concept of family. The term, Gordon demonstrates, needn't be dependent on ties of blood or marriage; a small performing troupe qualifies nicely.
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 Post subject: Re: David Gordon and Pick Up Performance Company
PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2002 4:47 am 
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From the Boston Globe:

Audience caught in swirl of dancers' rehearsals in 'Private Lives'

By Karen Campbell, Globe Correspondent, 8/22/2002

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BECKET - For dance audiences, the usual draw is the promise of a finished piece, carefully fine-tuned and immaculately polished. For Obie Award-winning director/choreographer David Gordon, however, equally captivating is the uniquely intimate environment of the rehearsal process, with its ebb and flow of conversation, confession, and revelation.

''There's this peculiar thing about rehearsals,'' Gordon, 66, says. ''Everybody comes in and changes their clothes, and while they're doing that, they tell everybody things they ate last night, things they saw last night, things they read in the paper this morning. And when you say `Let's start,' sometimes conversations don't quite end.
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 Post subject: Re: David Gordon and Pick Up Performance Company
PostPosted: Sun Feb 16, 2003 1:45 pm 
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An article on Valda Setterfield, wife of and dancer for David Gordon:

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Her Curves and Angles Can Mesh in Elegance

By GIA KOURLAS, NY Times

VALDA SETTERFIELD does not look like anybody else, and that's not always a good thing. When she is performing in dances by her husband, the choreographer David Gordon, she is all quirky, angular elegance. But when she is acting in movies or plays, her individuality makes her an oddball. <a href=http://www.nytimes.com/2003/02/16/arts/dance/16KOUR.html target=_blank>more</a>


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 Post subject: Re: David Gordon and Pick Up Performance Company
PostPosted: Thu Feb 20, 2003 9:00 pm 
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In the NY Times:

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Dancers Talk, but Can You Believe Them?

By JACK ANDERSON

In the simplest sense, anything that takes place onstage is real: it happens. But there can be different kinds of theatrical realities. For instance, if performers unexpectedly pause, does that mean they have forgotten their lines or dance steps? Or is the pause part of the work? <a href=http://www.nytimes.com/2003/02/20/arts/dance/20PRIV.html target=_blank>more</a>


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 21, 2003 3:34 am 
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Shall We Dance?
David Gordon and Valda Setterfield poignantly contrast quotidian moments in the life of a married couple with the daily routines of the younger dancers around them. By Laura Shapiro for New York Metro.


David Gordon’s new piece takes place in a rehearsal studio, where the dancers in his company are chatting away while they work. Actually, they’re onstage at the Joyce Theater, speaking lines he wrote for them—this is not the dance equivalent of reality TV—but in Private Lives of Dancers 2003, Gordon has dispensed with many of the other boundaries that normally separate onstage from off. He and his wife, the dancer Valda Setterfield, unabashedly portray themselves, and a stage manager cues the dancers when they forget a line. (Or maybe the forgetting is scripted, too.) Now and then, the dancers stop talking and focus their dancing across the footlights. Gordon has never been too impressed by the difference between life and art. What he likes to do is set up shop right on the border.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2004 1:21 pm 
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O For a Muse of Fire

By DEBORAH JOWITT
The Village Voice
January 14 - 20, 2004

Confession of a Henry V junkie: Smitten in the eighth grade with Laurence Olivier's film, Shakespeare, and Olivier himself, I saw the movie 10 times. I can still recite most of the speeches. The excitement I felt watching David Gordon's stunning and provocative Dancing Henry V resonates with memories of that earlier crush.

Shakespeare's Chorus bids the audience, "On your imaginary forces work." Gordon's witty, weary, sometimes angry narrator, Valda Setterfield—waving a hand over the piled-up props recycled from earlier Gordon works—reminds us that downtown choreographers are used to making do and getting audiences to use their imagination.
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Three Shakespeares, Each With a Purpose, Each Hoping to Thrill

By JOHN ROCKWELL
The New York Times
January 16, 2004

From the first preview on Oct. 28 until it closes on Sunday, some 80,000 people will have seen Jack O'Brien's production of Shakespeare's compacted "Henry IV" (Parts 1 and 2), courtesy of Lincoln Center Theater at the Vivian Beaumont.

Most of them, it seems safe to say, will have enjoyed themselves immensely. Certainly most of the critics did: "Glorious," Ben Brantley wrote in the first paragraph of his review in The New York Times. I enjoyed it, too, enough to hang in there for the full 3 hours 45 minutes.
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A 'Henry V' That Would Amaze the Groundlings at the Globe

By JENNIFER DUNNING
The New York Times
January 19, 2004

David Gordon's new "Dancing Henry Five," performed by his Pick Up Performance Company on Saturday night at the Danspace Project, is a decidedly offbeat Shakespearean production. It spools out in a mere hour, using physical staging and movie music to tell the story. Shakespeare's words are also used in small but well-chosen dollops placed adroitly in a narrative that is fast-paced and elliptical, yet nonetheless manages to make its points about war, politics and the rituals and vagaries of love.

Valda Setterfield, an engaging blend of Mother Courage and Auntie Mame, presides as the narrator. She perches high on a ladder or spins through the swirl of motion and brilliantly manipulated swatches of striped fabric that establish shifts in time and place.
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David Gordon and Valda Satterfield performed their version of Eugene Ionesco's "The Chairs" at Seattle's On the Boards from Thursday through Saturday, November 11-13, 2004.

Jim Demetre reviews in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer:

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/theater/199431_gordonq.html

Brangien Davis in the Seattle Times:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/theater/2002089409_chairs15.html


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Conjuring a Modern Utopia Straight Out of Ancient Greece
by TOBI TOBIAS for the New York Times

WITH a new dance-theater production, "Aristophanes in Birdonia," on view beginning this week at Danspace Project, the veteran postmodernist David Gordon confirms a recent shift in his subject matter. Once best known for constructions that brooded wittily on the personal relationships of couples, multi-generational families and small dance troupes like his own Pick Up Performance Company, Mr. Gordon finds the wider realm of social politics inescapable these days. "I think," he said, choosing his words carefully, "that there are a great many powerful decisions being made in America about which I have no say."

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A Dramatist and His Birds, Updated
by JOHN ROCKWELL for the New York Times

Now he's back at St. Mark's Church with "Aristophanes in Birdonia," his take on "The Birds."

The hourlong piece is sweet, maybe too sweet. What Mr. Gordon has done with the play - and his text is full of self-conscious references to his intentions and procedures - is lop off the latter part, in which the birds and bird-men work out their relations with the gods and, essentially, take over the universe.

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If the new turns out to be just like the old, you'd better just stay where you are
by DEBORAH JOWITT for the Village Voice

Aristophanes swoops along in fine Gordonian style. As usual in his productions, there are many folding chairs — piled, set out in rows, moved around. The dancing spools along in walking patterns that may or may not come to rest in poses (Graham solos like someone who's had ballet classes but is very relaxed about it). While moving on and between two rows of chairs in the "Exposition Square Dance," the performers talk all the time, their astute rhythms and pauses creating a quotidian form of birdsong.

published: January 17, 2006
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