May 8, 1989 |
Whoever heard of David Gordon? Not many San Diego dance buffs, judging from the sparse audience on hand Friday night for the local debut of Gordon's Pick Up Co. More's the pity, since this doyen of post-modern dance and his sleek New York-based ensemble offered a strikingly free-flowing sneak preview of "United States," a huge patchwork quilt of a piece scheduled to be premiered at Kennedy Center in September. And, unlike most imported dance works, this evening-long mix of movement, words and music, had ties to San Diego.
August 25, 1986 |
After two of his duets taped in the early '80s are shown on "Alive From Off Center" tonight (at 10 on Channels 28 and 50; at 11 on Channel 24), post-modern dance-maker David Gordon introduces his "Panel," a more recent, non-dance creation that offers playful commentary on middlebrow arts journalism.
October 23, 1987 |
After years of ruinous co-productions with foreign TV networks, PBS' "Dance in America" series reclaims its sense of mission tonight with an episode titled (significantly) "Made in U.S.A" (8 p.m. on Channel 24; 9 p.m. on Channels 28 and 15; Saturday at 9 p.m. on Channel 50). Although the three sections of the hourlong program were all choreographed by David Gordon--and all feature Mikhail Baryshnikov--each has a different origin and style.
December 5, 1995 |
It is the business of every family to care for its dying members, and that is just what the dutiful father and son do in "The Family Business," a serious comedy that attempts to elevate the drudgery of caretaking to the revelation of art. Now at the Mark Taper Forum, "The Family Business" is written and directed by father-and-son David and Ain Gordon. In performance the two are joined by the elegant Valda Setterfield, who is David's real-life wife and Ain's mother.
November 14, 1992 |
David Gordon's "The Mysteries and What's So Funny?" asks all the right questions. At Wadsworth Theater through Sunday, this perpetual-motion piece of musically supported movement tweaks life's abiding conundrums: the mysteries of art, identity, relationships and, not the least, self-importance.
February 27, 1989 |
David Gordon appeared in Los Angeles 13 years ago with a performance collective called Grand Union that got at major perceptual issues through a dazzling array of disciplines and perspectives. His subsequent career in dance (including the 1987 "Made in the U.S.A."