Doris Duke Artist Award, 2013
New York, NY
David Gordon was a founding member of Judson Dance Theater in the 1960s and, for over 50 years, has built a body of work challenging perceptions of what constitutes a dance or theatre piece. He takes on the roles of actor, choreographer, dancer, theatrical director, and writer, sometimes all at once. In 1978, he incorporated Pick Up Performance Co(s), where he continues to create genre-blending work. Beginning of the End of the… (2012) incorporated writings by Luigi Pirandello over a half-hour sequence that actor-dancers repeated five times. He has often adapted material from the classical theatre cannon for his creative investigations, for works including Aristophanes in Birdonia (2006) and Dancing Henry Five (2004-2011). He has received three NEA American Masterpieces Awards, two Guggenheim Fellowships, and multiple NEFA National Dance Project grants, among others. He is a member of The Actors Studio and a founder of the Center for Creative Research. In Spring 2014—with funding from Pew Center for Arts and Heritage his Pick Up Performance Co(s) in collaboration with Susan Hess Modern Dance worked with Philadelphia performing arts community members—Gordon conducted a residency to develop new material. His annotated archives (“archivology”) will be deposited at the Performing Arts Library at Lincoln Center beginning in 2014.