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 then dissected, assembled, and collaged this movement with visual scores and archival works in collaboration with video artist Jorge Cousineau. The cast will also include Wally Cardona and Pick Up Performance Co(s) members Karen Graham and Valda Setterfield.
Fringe Festival Talk: The Making of Philadelphia Matter - 1972/2020
Christ Church Preservation Trust Executive Director Barbara Hogue moderates a conversation about the making of The Philadelphia Matter - 1972/2020. In dialogue with David Gordon and collaborators including Wally Cardona, Jorge Cousineau, Alyce Dissette, Karen Graham, and Sarah Gladwin Camp participants describe the working process for this new work created using remote technology in the midst of a global pandemic. 
Fringe Festival Talk: David Gordon and The Matter

FringeArts Artistic Producer Katy Dammers moderates a conversation about the layered nature of David Gordon's artistic practice. Together with archivist Patsy Gay, artist Valda Setterfield, and writer Suzanne Carboneau the discussion considers how Gordon's piece The Matter has functioned as a palimpsest and archive for his practice.

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.

American Theatre: A Virtual Festival, But Is It Still the Fringe? Alix Rosenfeld
DanceBeat: David/Valda Over the Years, Deborah Jowitt
Thinking Dance: Why It Matters, Lisa Kraus 
The Philadelphia Inquirer print edition, Sunday September 27th, below:
  • Philadelphia Inquirer, print edition 9/27/20
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.