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 Carbonneau the discussion will consider how Gordon’s piece The Matter has functioned as an archive for his practice.
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Suzanne Carbonneau is a dance writer and historian whose writings have appeared in The Washington Post, the New York Times, and other publications. She founded and directed the NEA Arts Journalism Institute in Dance, and she has served as Critic-in-Residence at the American Dance Festival and at the Joyce Theater. Carbonneau is a Scholar-in-Residence at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and also served as the Resident Scholar at the Bates Dance Festival. She regularly writes and lectures for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She holds a Ph.D. from New York University and is a Professor at George Mason University. Her authorized biography of Paul Taylor will be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Carbonneau is a MacDowell Fellow, a Yaddo Fellow, a Bogliasco Fellow, and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.
Patsy Gay is the Associate Archivist at Jacob’s Pillow and has worked at the Pillow since 2017. She first came to the Pillow as an Archives/Preservation Intern during the 2007 festival. As Associate Archivist, Patsy assists the Director of Preservation with exhibitions, audience engagement, and all aspects of archival work including cataloging, reference, and online engagement. Previously, Patsy was the Archivist and an Associate Producer for Ain Gordon and David Gordon’s Pick Up Performance Co(s). As an Archival/Preservation Technician Fellow with the Dance Heritage Coalition she also worked with Dance Theatre of Harlem, Eiko & Koma, and Lar Lubovitch Dance Company. Patsy received her MA in American Dance Studies at Florida State University and her MSLIS at Pratt Institute.
Valda Setterfield (Dancer/Actor) is from England where she performed in pantomimes & w/Ballet Rambert. In 1958 she came to US & joined James Waring Co. (58–62) & Merce Cunningham Co. (64–74). She appeared w/Grand Union & in works of Katherine Litz, Yvonne Rainer, Robert Wilson, Richard Foreman, JoAnne Akalaitis. She performed w/David Gordon @ Living Theater & Judson Dance Theater & she is founding member of Pick Up Performance Co(s). In 1984 she received a New York Dance & Performance Award (Bessie). She was featured artist in WNET/PBS Dance in America’s Beyond The Mainstream & in 1987 costarred w/Mikhail Baryshnikov in David Gordon’s Made in USA (WNET/PBS Great Performances. In 1988 she returned to Rambert as guest artist in Gordon’s Mates. She played Marcel Duchamp in Bessie/Obie award winning The Mysteries & What’s So Funny? (90–92) & toured Europe & Japan w/White Oak Dance Project in 1992. She acted in work of her son playwright Ain Gordon @ Soho Rep, Dance Theater Workshop & she played herself in his Art, Life & Show Biz @ PS 122. She appeared in films of Yvonne Rainer, Brian de Palma & performed choreography of Graziella Danielle in Woody Allen’s Mighty Aphrodite & Everyone Says I Love You (95–96). In 2003, she danced @ 25th anniversary celebration of British Dance Umbrella & in 2004/5 she danced & acted in Dancing Henry Five @ Pantages Theater (Walker Art Center) in Minneapolis & Lied Center in Lawrence, Kansas & @ Danspace in NY. She played The Old Woman in Ionesco’s The Chairs @ London’s Barbican theater, On the Boards in Seattle & @ the Harvey in BAM’s Next Wave Festival. In 2006 she received a second Bessie for outstanding achievement. She played Bertolt Brecht in Gordon’s Uncivil Wars: moving w/Brecht & Eisler. Danced w/Gus Solomon Jr & Carmen de Lavallade in Paradigm company & in Boris Charmatz’ 50 Ans de Dance in Europe. Recently in Gordon’s Beginning of the End of…based primarily on Pirandello’s Six Characters In Search Of An Author, and The Matter@MoMA 2018.
In 2017 she received a Herald Angel Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for her performance as Lear in the Lear Project directed by John Scott.