David Gordon’s Pick Up Performance Company – review

David Gordon’s Pick Up Performance Company – review

David Gordon is one of those choreographers whose work I’d read about for years but never had the chance to see. He is a big deal, one of the founders of post-modern dance, one of the first to use text in his work, a pioneer of “dances” that straddled the lines between theatre, performance art and movement. What I didn’t expect was a relaxed, funny, unpretentious evening. The word charming comes to mind. The words, “great dance” don’t. Post-modern Gordon-style doesn’t only show its structure, dwell on itself in belly-gazing self-fascination , but it has a sophomoric quality that is clearly intentional. The theatrical world presented here is Shakespeare-light, a winking look at characters without anything, really, at stake. Still, the context is war. It hangs over the proceedings, shades the jokes. There is a delightful absence of abstraction and obscurity here. The genius is low-key.

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Mr. Simpson has a BA in Journalism from the University of Southern California and worked as an advertising writer in Los Angeles before moving to New York to pursue a different passion: dance. He danced professionally in New York and Boston before founding a community-based modern dance company, Small City Dance Project, in Newburyport, MA. His fiction has appeared in literary journals and anthologies. He was a teaching fellow at Smith College, where he received his MFA in choreography. While living in the Bay Area for 15 years, he wrote about dance for the San Francisco Chronicle and other periodicals. In 2005, he was a NEA Fellow at the Dance Critics Institute, American Dance Festival. For culturevulture.net, he reviews dance, theatre and film. He moved to Santa Fe in October, 2008. He writes for "Pasatiempo," the Arts magazine of the "Santa Fe New Mexican."