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Rest in Peace, David Gordon

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So sorry to hear this. Obituary and appreciation by Wendy Perron for Dance Magazine.


A chance encounter in 1957 with James Waring (1922–1975), a choreographer/designer with a ballet vocabulary, led to Gordon’s first sustained exposure to dance. In Waring’s studio he met Valda Setterfield, a tall dancer who had just escaped from the constrictions of the London ballet world. Waring put them together in duets, and their 60-year legendary dance partnership began. That same summer he studied with Merce Cunningham and Louis Horst at the Connecticut College Summer School of Dance (aka American Dance Festival).


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It was brave of Baryshnikov to commission those two Gordon works - Field, Chair and Mountain (1984) and Murder (1986) - for ABT. They certainly delighted Arlene Croce but they died a heavy death with ABT's audience, which was already exasperated with Baryshnikov because of his "non-star turns" policies.

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