PEOPLE TALK ABOUT DAVID

 
INTRODUCTION
This section - PEOPLE TALK ABOUT DAVID - is not meant to be 
the complete, definitive, and exhaustive list of all reviews - or profiles or articles - 
written about David. 
Unlike a Library, which offers its materials without commentary, 
leaving that for the researchers and scholars using the materials, 
this website - and this section of this website - 
is meant to contextualize the work of David Gordon by David Gordon - 
containing materials written about David - that David considers significant and relevant - 
to both his career and that of his contemporaries in what many call postmodern dance, 
especially those artists who emerged from the influential Judson Dance Theater. 
So - in this section PEOPLE TALK ABOUT DAVID -
you may find conflicting views, positive and negative reviews, and in depth profiles, 
all of which have been selected by David - as representing him and his work - in some fashion -
in the context of the times.
 
When the entire David Gordon archive is donated, processed, and catalogued, 
these selected materials and others will be available to the public 
at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Jerome Robbins Dance Division.
 
 
PROFILES & CRITICAL RESPONSE:
 
'60s
"The Birth of the Judson Dance Theatre: 'A Concert of Dance' at Judson Church" by Sally Banes in Dance Chronicle July 6, 1962 PDF
 
"Business at Hand" by Jill Johnston in The Village Voice August 23, 1962 PDF
 
"Ballet Strips Away All Pretense" by Jean Battey in The Washington Post 1963 PDF
 
"From Lovely Confusion to Naked Breakfast" by Jill Johnston in The Village Voice July 18, 1963 PDF
 
"Dance" by Robert Morris in The Village Voice February 10, 1966 PDF
 
"An Interview with David Gordon" by Sally Banes in Eddy 1977 PDF
 
 
'70s
"David Gordon Pick Up Co. with Valda Setterfield" by Kitty Culnane in Entertainment PDF
 
"The Grand Union" by Robert Morris PDF
 
"The Grand Union: Our Gang" by Elizabeth Kendall in Ballet Review PDF
 
"The Vanguard Innovators to Watch" by Deborah Jowitt in The Village Voice PDF
 
"The Grand Union" by Richard Foreman 1971 PDF
 
"Spectators, dance troupe collaborate" by Peter Altman in Minneapolis Star Critic April 28, 1971 PDF
 
"Eccyclema" by Scott Bartell in Minnesota Daily June 3, 1971 PDF
 
"David Gordon's The Matter" by Karen Smith in The Drama Review September 1972 PDF
 
"The Grand Union" by Steve Paxton in The Drama Review September 1972 PDF
 
"On Working with the Grand Union..." by New York University student 1973 PDF
 
"At Home with Valda Setterfield & David Gordon" by Jerry Tallmer in The New York Post March 1973 PDF
 
"Grand Union: Taking a Chance on Dance" by Robb Baker in DanceMagazine October 1973 PDF
 
"David Gordon" by Kathy Duncan in The SoHo Weekly News June 13, 1974 PDF
 
By Noel Gillespie in DanceMagazine August 1974 PDF
 
"New Dance" by Noel Gillespie in DanceMagazine August 1974 PDF
 
"Performers and Personae" by Elizabeth Kendall in DanceMagazine August 1974 PDF
 
"Half Missed the Best Half" by Jean Battey Lewis in The Washington Post August 23, 1974 PDF
 
By anon in Unknown Publication December 1974 PDF
 
By anon in The Village Voice December 1974 PDF
 
"Gordon/Setterfield" by Kathy Duncan in The SoHo Weekly News December 1974 PDF
 
"Valda Setterfield and Gordon Reunite" by Don McDonagh in The New York Times December 15, 1974 LINK
 
"Red in the Face-or Just Blue?" by Deborah Jowitt in The Village Voice December 30, 1974 PDF
 
Draft by Noel Carroll in Artforum 1975 PDF
 
By Elizabeth Kendall in DanceMagazine February 1975 PDF
 
"Unusual dance team returns to Walker Art Center Nov. 29" by Linda Shapiro in The St. Paul Dispatch November 21, 1975 PDF
 
"Chair" by Allen Robertson in Minnesota Daily December 5, 1975 PDF
 
"Followable Dancing" by Wendy Perron in The Soho Weekly News March 4, 1976 PDF
 
"Disciplined Anarchists of Dance" by John Rockwell in The New York Times April 18, 1976 LINK
 
"The Grand Union, Critics and Friends" by Douglas Dunn in The SoHo Weekly News April 29, 1976 PDF
 
"People Improvisation" by Wendy Perron in The SoHo Weekly News May 6, 1976 PDF
 
"The Spring Dance Storm is Here!" by Deborah Jowitt in The Village Voice May 17, 1976 PDF
 
"New York Dancers" by anon in The Independent and Gazette June 16, 1976 PDF
 
"Reviews" by Robb Baker in DanceMagazine August 1976 PDF
 
"Grand Union's Skits Now More Formula Than Improvisation" by Deane McGowen in The New York Times April 25, 1976 LINK
 
"Disciplined Upstarts" by Marcia B. Siegel in The SoHo Weekly News May 12, 1977 PDF
 
By Arlene Croce in The New Yorker May 30, 1977 LINK
 
"Dance" by Deborah Jowitt in The Village Voice June 6, 1977 PDF
 
"Reviews" by Jennifer Dunning in DanceMagazine July 1977 PDF
 
"Minimal dance with a flair: a talk with David Gordon and Valda Setterfield" by Janice Ross 1978 PDF
 
"David Gordon, or, The Ambiguities" by Sally Banes in The Village Voice May 1, 1978 PDF
 
"Wordsworth Rides Again" by Jean Nuchtern in The SoHo Weekly News May 4, 1978 PDF
 
"Arts and Sciences and David Gordon" by Arlene Croce in The New Yorker May 15, 1978 LINK
 
By Deborah Jowitt in The Village Voice May 29, 1978 PDF
 
"Dance" by Nancy Goldner in The Nation June 3, 1978 PDF
 
"Choreography Makes Dance Dull" by Heuwell Tircuit in The San Francisco Chronicle August 7, 1978 PDF
 
"Rich, unusual dance by David Gordon" by Gay Morris in Palo Alto Times August 7, 1978 PDF
 
"Shaggy Dancer" by Michael Clemens in The Daily Californian August 11, 1978 PDF
 
"Reviews" by Amanda Smith in DanceMagazine September 1978 PDF
 
"David Gordon Inviting the Audience In" by Susan Reiter in Other Stages October 9, 1978 PDF
 
"Formal Dancing" by Noel Carroll in The SoHo Weekly News October 12, 1978 PDF
 
By Deborah Jowitt in The Village Voice October 16, 1978 PDF
 
"Erasures and Afterthoughts" by Marcia B. Siegel in New York Magazine October 16, 1978 PDF
 
"David Gordon's Talking Dance" by Barbara Naomi Cohen in Manhattan East October 31, 1978 PDF
 
"New York Newsletter" by David Vaughan in Dancing Times (London) November 1978 PDF
 
By Arlene Croce in The New Yorker November 6, 1978 LINK
 
"David Gordon and Valda Setterfield" by Nancy Stark Smith in Contact Quarterly Vol IV No. 2 1979 PDF
 
"David Gordon and Valda Setterfield Part 2" by Nancy Stark Smith in Contact Quarterly IV No. 3 1979 PDF
 
By Linda Small in DanceMagazine February 1979 PDF
 
"Valda Setterfield The Performer" by Sally R. Sommer in The SoHo Weekly News April 12, 1979 PDF
 
"Dance is Play on Words" by Jack Anderson in The New York Times April 14, 1979 LINK
 
"Cutting the Gordon Knot" by Sally Banes in The SoHo Weekly News April 19, 1979 PDF
 
"David Gordon's Verbal Choreography Has Verve" by Doris Diether in The Villager April 19, 1979 PDF
 
"David Gordon Poses" by Barbara Newman in The New York Guide April 23-29, 1979 PDF
 
"Enhancing the Individual" by Deborah Jowitt in The Village Voice April 30, 1979 PDF
 
"David Gordon's Pope" by Susan Reiter in Other Stages May 3, 1979 PDF
 
"Stepping out in New York" by Alan Brissenden in The Advertiser May 19, 1979 PDF
 
By anon in DanceMagazine July 1979 PDF
 
"Gordon pleasing audiences at MoMing" by Linda Winer in The Chicago Tribune July 13, 1979 PDF
 
"Obsession: The Dancer's Facts of Life" by Charlie Vernon in Reader July 13, 1979 PDF
 
"David Gordon's What Happened" by Burt Barr in The Drama Review September 1979 PDF
 
"Interview with David Gordon" by Barbara Woehler September 18, 1979 PDF
 
"David Gordon - words to dance by" by Holly Brubach in Vogue December 1979 PDF
 
"Frieze Frame" by Noel Carroll in The Soho Weekly News December 6, 1979 PDF
 
"Modern Dance: David Gordon's 'Matter'" by Anna Kisselgoff in The New York Times December 6, 1979 LINK
 
"Far From Denmark" by Marcia B. Siegel in The Soho Weekly News December 13, 1979 PDF
 
"Carry Me Back to Act IV" by Deborah Jowitt in The Village Voice December 24, 1979 PDF
 
"David Gordon: The Ambiguities" by Sally Banes in Terpsichore in Sneakers 1980 PDF
 
"David Gordon: intensifying the ordinary" by Janice Ross in The Dance Review January 10, 1980 PDF
 
"The poker-face approach to the absurd" by Dale Harris in The Guardian January 29, 1980 PDF
 
"Pick Up Company Riverside" by John Percival in The Times London January 30, 1980 PDF
 
"Dance Umbrella l'avant-garde" by David Vaughan in Danse Paris February 15, 1980 PDF
 
"Dance Umbrella" by Mary Clarke in The Guardian January 31, 1980 PDF
 
"Moving On" by Jan Murray in Time Out February 1980 PDF
 
"Under the Umbrella" by Alexander Bland in The Observer February 3, 1980 PDF
 
By Deborah Jowitt in The Village Voice June 16, 1980 PDF
 
"Gordon's specialty: modern dance leftovers" by Robert Douglass in The Fort Worth Star Telegram October 26, 1980 PDF
 
"They dance to a different beat" by Claire Eyrich in The Fort Worth Star Telegram November 3, 1980 PDF
 
"David Gordon and Pick Up Co." by Margaret Putnam in The Dallas Observer October 30-November 5, 1980 PDF
 
"They Call it Post-Modern" by Dee Dee Hooker in The Spectator Raleigh October 15, 1981 PDF
 
 
'80s
By Deborah Jowitt in The Village Voice February 18-24, 1981 PDF
 
Program note by Sally Ann Kriegsman in Smithsonian Institution, Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, D.C. 1982 Program PDF

"Making Work" by Arlene Croce in The New Yorker November 29, 1982 LINK
 
"Dancers merge for absorbing program" by Mike Steele in Minneapolis Star and Tribune April 7, 1983 PDF
 
"Dance" by Laura A. Jacobs in The Boston Phoenix April 17, 1984 PDF
 
"Flash Gordon" by Jann Parry in unknown publication 1985 PDF
 
"Musical Chairs" by David Dougill in unknown publication 1985 PDF
 
"Dance: 2D Avenue Troupe at N.Y.U" by Jennifer Dunning in The New York Times April 19, 1985 LINK
 
"The Dance: David Gordon Company" by Anna Kisselgoff in The New York Times May 17, 1985 LINK
 
By Tobi Tobias in unknown publication June 3, 1985 PDF
 
"Spurring Dance Troupes to Take Risks" by Barry Laine in The New York Times June 16, 1985 LINK
 
"Dance: The Uninvited" by Jennifer Dunning in The New York Times August 5, 1985 LINK
 
"New York" by Tullia Limarzi in Ballet News September 1985 PDF
 
"Gordon, Pickup Company" by Donna Perlmutter in Los Angeles Times April 7, 1986 PDF
 
"Opera: 'Lord Byron' and 'Renard' at Festival" by Tim Page in The New York Times May 26, 1986 LINK
 
"The Dance: David Gordon's Pick Up Company" by Jennifer Dunning in The New York Times November 21, 1986 LINK
 
"Overdetermination makes happy end" by Barry Johnson in The Oregonian March 14, 1987 PDF
 
"Review/Dance; Students Dedicated Their Show to Joffrey" by Jack Anderson in The New York Times April 16, 1988 LINK
 
 
NEW
By David Vaughan in Ballet News PDF
 
"Dancing for the Church That Gave Them a Leg Up" by Janice Berman PDF
 
"David Gordon's Field, Chair and Mountain for American Ballet Theatre..." by Otis Stuart in Deutsch PDF
 
"Pranks and Ironies" by Anne Pierce and "Theatrical Hijinks" by Meade Andrews in the Washington DanceView January-February 1983 PDF
 
"Movement Can Reach Beyond Dance" by Jack Anderson in The New York Times October 16, 1983 LINK
 
"It's Not a Door When It's Ajar" by Deborah Jowitt in The Village Voice October 18, 1983 PDF
 
"...David Gordon's expert 'movement' is the best part of The Photographer" by Tobi Tobias in New York Magazine October 24, 1983 PDF
 
"The Waves" by Arlene Croce in The New Yorker November 14, 1983 LINK
 
"New Field - New Horizons" by Chris de Marigny in Dance Theatre Journal 1984 PDF
 
"Brooklyn" by Lisa Liebmann in Ballet News March 1984 PDF
 
"The Photographer" by Joan La Barbara in Musical America January 1984 PDF
 
"'Framework' a strong foundation" by Allan Ulrich in the San Francisco Examiner February 6, 1984 PDF
 
"Wit, Ingenuity, and Magic" by Nicole Plett in ARTlines March 1984 PDF
 
"'Music-theater piece' probes lens vs. truth" by Mike Steele in the Minneapolis Star and Tribune March 2, 1984 PDF
 
"Artists collaborate on an energetic essay" by Mike Steele in the Minneapolis Star and Tribune March 5, 1984 PDF
 
"Ringing the Changes" by Cerinda Survant in the Reader April 27, 1984 PDF
 
"Dance: David Gordon" by Jennifer Dunning in The New York Times May 22, 1984 LINK
 
"Sometimes the Picture Frames the Frame" by Deborah Jowitt in The Village Voice June 12, 1984 PDF
 
"Life Studies" by Arlene Croce in The New Yorker June 18, 1984 LINK
 
"At Home With the Gordons" by Tobi Tobias in New York Magazine July 4, 1984 PDF
 
"In word and deed" by Laura A. Jacobs in The Boston Phoenix July 17, 1984 PDF
 
"People Are Talking About...Sophisticated Casual" by Elizabeth Kendall in Vogue December 1984 PDF
 
"David Gordon's Uptown Whirl" by anon in On Point 1985 PDF
 
"Field, Chair and Mountain Einstein on the Beach" by Mindy Aloff in The Nation February 16, 1985 PDF
 
"Thompson debuts classy work" by Tullia Limarzi in the Staten Island Advance April 15, 1985 PDF
 
"It's Caspar Milquetoast at the Ballet" by Clive Barnes in The New York Post April 29, 1985 PDF
 
"Moonshine" by Elizabeth Zimmer in The Village Voice April 30, 1985 PDF
 
By Arlene Croce in The New Yorker July 8, 1985 LINK
 
"Gordon: A string of stunning visual images" by Christine Temin in The Boston Globe August 2, 1986 PDF
 
"Dance performance given standing ovation" by Agnes Bushell in the Evening Express October 17, 1986 PDF
 
"Lighter than Meaning and Larger than Air" by Mindy Aloff in On The Next Wave November 1986 PDF
 
"The Dance: David Gordon's Pick Up Company" by Jennifer Dunning in The New York Times November 21, 1986 LINK
 
"Winter comes and goes with Gordon in B'klyn" by Clive Barnes in the New York Post November 24, 1986 PDF
 
"Showing off a ballerina in a company of dancers" by Marcia B. Siegel in The Christian Science Monitor December 4, 1986 PDF
 
"Modern Times" by Tobi Tobias in New York Magazine December 8, 1986 PDF
 
"Fecundity and Death" by Deborah Jowitt in The Village Voice December 9, 1986 PDF
 
By Jim D'Anna in an NPR interview 1987 PDF
 
"Dance on Camera" by David Vaughan in Ballet Review 1987 PDF
 
"Misha in Motion" by Ellen Jacobs in Newsweek January 1, 1987 PDF
 
"Gordon Dancers Take a Giant Step" by Marilyn Tucker in the San Francisco Chronicle February 23, 1987 PDF
 
"Gordon, dance company pick it up" by Julie McLeod in the Santa Barbara News-Press March 8, 1987 PDF
 
"Overdetermination makes happy end" by Barry Johnson in The Oregonian March 14, 1987 PDF
 
"Extemporary Dance/The Place" by Clement Crisp in The Financial Times March 19, 1987 PDF
 
"Fishy baroque quadrilles" by Judith Mackrell in The Independent March 19, 1987 PDF
 
"Triple jumps" by Jan Murray in the London Daily News March 19, 1987 PDF
 
"David Gordon/Pick Up Company Brooklyn Academy of Music November 19-22, 1986" by Barbara Newman in DanceMagazine April 1987 PDF
 
"Gordon Plenty" by Mindy Aloff in Vanity Fair October 1987 PDF
 
"Misha at 60" by Georgette Gouveia in the Gannett Westchester Newspapers October 16, 1987 PDF
 
"Dialogue With Arabesques" by Janice Berman in TV Report October 18-24, 1987 PDF
 
"Abiding Passions" by Tobi Tobias in New York Magazine October 19, 1987 PDF
 
"New Steps for Baryshnikov" by Kay Gardella in Daily News October 22, 1987 PDF
 
"Choreographer steps spryly into television" by Sally Banes in The Hartford Courant October 23, 1987 PDF
 
"Misha speaks and leaps" by anon in USA Today October 23, 1987 PDF
 
"David and Misha and Valda and Rhoda" by Mindy Aloff in The Village Voice October 27, 1987 PDF
 
"Gordon & Co. challenge audience" by Gayle Crum in The Capital Times October 27, 1987 PDF
 
"Transatlantic 'Mates'" by anon in Time Out New York 1988 PDF
 
"Dance on a Theme of San Francisco" by Marilyn Tucker in the San Francisco Chronicle March 18, 1988 PDF
 
"The gestures of hidden grief" by Judith Mackrell in The Independent June 13, 1988 PDF
 
"Staying Behind" by Allen Robertson in The Listener June 16, 1988 PDF
 
"Member Only" by Deirdre McMahon June 22-29, 1988 PDF
 
"David Gordon's 'United States'" by Debra Cash in The Boston Globe July 26, 1988 PDF
 
"Dance essay gaining steam" by Maggie Lewis in The Boston Herald July 29, 1988 PDF
 
"Pick Up Co. works its way across our land" by Debra Cash in The Boston Globe July 29, 1988 PDF
 
"Gordon's dance full of style and wit" by Diane C. Grant in The Patriot Ledger July 30, 1988 PDF
 
"Unifying chairs, dance" by Terry Bauroth in the University Daily Kansan September 9, 1988 PDF
 
"Pick Up Company surprises, delights" by Carolyn McMaster in The Lawrence Daily Journal-World September 11, 1988 PDF
 
"'United States' comes together" by Gayle Stamler in the ACUCAA Bulletin October 1988 PDF
 
"Dance by Consortium: 'United States'" by Pam Lambert in The Wall Street Journal December 14, 1988 PDF
 
"Images of the 'United States'" by Janice Berman in New York Newsday December 16, 1988 PDF
 
"Dancers can't make a wrong move" by Jay Joslyn in The Milwaukee Sentinel February 15, 1989 PDF
 
"Dancers make journey with poetry, motion" by Tom Strini in The Milwaukee Journal February 15, 1989 PDF
 
"Dancing" by Arlene Croce in The New Yorker February 20, 1989 LINK
 
"Putting Together the 'United States'" by Elizabeth Zimmer in The Los Angeles Herald Examiner February 24, 1989 PDF
 
"'United States' Birth at UCLA's Royce Hall" by Lewis Segal in the Los Angeles Times February 27, 1989 PDF
 
"A dance of locale-motion" by Allan Ulrich in The San Francisco Examiner March 1, 1989 PDF
 
"'United States' dance falls flat, cold" by Janice Ross in The Oakland Tribune March 2, 1989 PDF
 
"David Gordon Discovers America" by Kip Richardson in The Willamette Week March 16-22, 1989 PDF
 
By Camille Hardy in DanceMagazine April 1989 PDF
 
"Gordon's 'United States' Is Season's Best" by Carole Mazur in The Albuquerque Journal April 1, 1989 PDF
 
"Gordon sends ordinary into the absurd" by Joan Pikula in Express-News April 4, 1989 PDF
 
"Gordon's bit of danced Americana could be a sort of financial pioneer" by Jon Blake in The Seattle Post-Intelligencer April 28, 1989 PDF
 
"'United States' is propelled into a dazzling melting pot" by Carole Beers in The Seattle Times April 28, 1989 PDF
 
By anon in Musical America May 1989 PDF
 
"Gordon's 'United States' dancing entrancing" by Anne Marie Welsh in The San Diego Union May 6, 1989 PDF
 
"Gordon's Casual Collage" by Alan M. Kriegsman in The Washington Post September 20, 1989 PDF
 
By Anne Pierce in the Washington Review December 1989-January 1990 PDF
 
 
 
 
'90s
"Theater: The Firebugs" by Peter Vaughan in Star Tribune August 11, 1995 PDF
 
"Review: 'The Firebugs'" by Tad Simons in Variety September 25, 1995 LINK

"David Gordon: Double Identity" by Roger Copeland in Americna Theatre July/August 1996 PDF Coming 2017
 
 
2000s
"David Gordon" by Suzanne Carbonneau ©2002 Suzanne Carbonneau/Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival LINK
 
"Three Shakespeares, Each With a Purpose, Each Hoping to Thrill" by John Rockwell in The New York Times January 16, 2004 LINK
 
"A 'Henry V' That Would Amaze the Groundlings at the Globe" by Jennifer Dunning in The New York Times January 19, 2004 LINK
 
"The Chairs" by David Finkle on TheaterMania December 2, 2004 LINK
 
"A Couple Playing a Couple, With Minimal Bleakness" by Charles Isherwood in The New York Times December 3, 2004 LINK
 
"Conjuring a Modern Utopia Straight Out of Ancient Greece" by Tobi Tobias in The New York Times January 8, 2006 LINK
 
By Claudia La Rocco in The New York Times December 14, 2007 LINK
 
 
2010s
"Ships, Steeds and Kings, on Two Legs" by Alastair Macaulay in The New York Times October 7, 2011 LINK
 
"The Old is New Again, as the Muse Endures" by Gia Kourlas in The New York Times October 26, 2012 LINK
 
"Then Plus Now" by Deborah Jowitt in DanceBeat November 1, 2012 LINK

"Archiveography Scripts Editor Note" by Jan Schmidt December 2016 PDF