Last seen in the Bay Area in 2007 at the ODC Theater with his critically acclaimed Dancing Henry Five, director/choreographer/writer David Gordon and his Pick Up Performance Co(s) return to ODC for three performances of his newest work, LIVE ARCHIVEOGRAPHY.
Since 2012, Gordon has been assembling his 50+ year archive for the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, which he calls the “Archiveography” Project.
LIVE ARCHIVEOGRAPHY explores decades of Gordon’s work in movement and theater art live on stage. Scripted storytelling interlaces with projected collage, performance photographs and videos, plus interviews with collaborators. Through live performance, narration, and media display, Gordon reexamines the artifacts of his past projects, uncovering the intense relationship between his family life and his work.
Performing in LIVE ARCHIVEOGRAPHY will be founding company member, actor, and dancer Valda Setterfield with long-time company performers Karen Graham and Scott Cunningham.
On Gordon’s last Bay Area visit:
Those who think postmodern dance sounds about as fun as a root canal need to get themselves to ODC Theater tonight to see… David Gordon's "Dancing Henry Five." Yes, those Judson Church rebels of 1960s New York could be an ascetic, left-brained bunch ("No to spectacle!" Yvonne Rainer famously railed), but Gordon was always one of their wittiest members, and his delight in the simple magic of theater is fresh as ever. - San Francisco Chronicle, May 19, 2007
On Gordon’s Archiveography exhibition at the New York Public Library:
“Archiveography — Under Construction,” which runs through April 6, is not a typical exhibition at the performing arts library. It’s alive. - New York Times, Jan 3, 2017
Gordon’s Archiveorgaphy Project on the web
All ticket sales are final. Performances, dancers, and guest artists subject to change.
Photo credit: Paula Court, Andrew Eccles