Sunday, February 5, 3:00pm
The following two made-for-television films are shown as part of the New York Public Library of the Performing Arts’s ongoing installation ‘David Gordon: Archiveography – Under Construction’ (December 6, 2016 – April 6, 2017), about the American writer, director, choreographer, and dancer.
Punch & Judy Get Divorced
David Gordon and Mark Pellington, USA, 1992, 27m
This wild look at domestic violence and marital relations uses the age-old tale of Punch and Judy. The bickering characters are aided and abetted by music composed by the late Carl Stallings for the legendary Warner Bros. cartoons. The comic shenanigans keep things delightfully confusing. Featuring expert acting by all, including standouts Mary Louise Wilson and Alice Playten. (Alive TV/PBS)
David Gordon and John Sanborn, USA, 1989, 29m
Originally created by David Gordon for his Pick Up Performance Co(s), this work is set to Klezmer music with fabric, as Gordon, wife Valda Setterfield, and other dancers cavort in circles, lines, and processionals, manipulating yards of arresting material designed by artist Power Boothe. The mix of serious ritual and organized chaos is uniquely Gordonian. (BBC TV)
Mitchell Rose, USA, 2016, 6m
Forty-two American contemporary choreographers link together on a chain love letter to dance.