The Philadelphia Matter - 1972/2020

Award-winning choreographer/director/writer David Gordon has assembled a virtual “Pick Up Performance Co” of more than 30 Philadelphia performers for a new hour-long screen work specifically for the FringeArts Festival, The Philadelphia Matter  - 1972/2020. The work is being made via remote video material shot by the performers with iPhones to sophisticated cameras - Gordon will be assembling video material combining the movement with visual scores and archival video. Gordon is collaborating with video artist Jorge Cousineau. The cast will also include Wally Cardona and Pick Up Performance Co(s) members Karen Graham and Valda Setterfield.

David Gordon, director/choreographer/writer:


Founding artist of Judson Church performances and the improvisational dance group Grand Union, Gordon purposefully examines/expands/torpedoes conventional lines between theater and dance as a pioneer of the use of text and textual narrative in movement work. He presaged his later writing and directing for the stage and predated the live theater form that became known as "performance art." Gordon's dual status as theater and movement artist was acknowledged when he was awarded a Pew Charitable Trust National Dance Residency grant and a National Theater Residency grant in successive years. 


In the last decade he has received 3 NEA American Masterpiece Grant Awards and a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award. His numerous commissions include Actors Studio, American Ballet Theatre, American Conservatory Theater, American Repertory Theater, BBC, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Dance Theatre of Harlem, New York Theatre Workshop, PBS Great Performances, and Serious Fun @ Lincoln Center. Gordon has been the Founding Director of Pick Up Performance Co(s) since 1978.

Commissioning Producers - Christ Church Neighborhood House
Collaborating Producers - Pick Up Performance Co(s)
Co-Presenters - FringeArts

Major support for The Philadelphia Matter - 1972/2020 has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.