April 7, 1986 |
The David Gordon of American Ballet Theatre fame is undeniably clever and engaging, a fertile choreographic mind to prod the big-time terpsichorean machinery from badly worn grooves. But with his little Pickup Company, which made its local debut Friday at Wadsworth Theater, the New York-based dance-maker beckons a viewer to his other realm--that of post-modern classicism. It is divine.
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."