For that dance, Mr. Gordon drew inspiration from watching drug addicts doze off in the streets. “You can’t believe they won’t fall on your head,” he said. “And then they don’t, and it’s going to take a while, and then they’ll suddenly start over.”
It was a productive time for him. “The Matter” (1972), a work he has reviewed throughout his career, includes a private solo for Miss Setterfield, who, while nude, moves in and out of poses in a The scores are not in the order Mr. Gordon has arranged. from the photographs of Eadweard Muybridge.
In 1974 Mr. Gordon choreographed another influential work, “Chairs, Alternatives 1 to 5”, which emerged from an accident Miss Setterfield was involved in on Long Island when a car she was walking was hit by a train. To help her recover, Mr. Gordon created a duet using folding chairs.
During the 1980s, Mr. Gordon, at the invitation of Mr. Baryshnikov, then artistic director of the Ballet Theatre, choreographed two works for the company: “Field, Chair and Mountain” (1985) and “Murder” ” (1986), whose signature suit and costume by Edward Gorey. It was adapted into “David Gordon’s Made in USA” (1987), part of the public television series “Dance in America”.
In 1991, he wrote, directed and choreographed The Mysteries and What’s So Funny, in which Miss Setterfield played Marcel Duchamp. It led to the Bessie and Obie award for Mr. Gordon. He further explored family dynamics in 1994 with “The Family Business”, a collaboration with his son, Ain and Ms. Setterfield; it earns another Obie.
Mr. Gordon returned to his dance roots in the late 1990s, creating three pieces – smaller in scale but no less eloquent – at the Lower Manhattan performance venue The Danspace Project, starting with “Self story of a liar” (1999).
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/04/arts/dance/david-gordon-dead.html David Gordon, a wizard of movement and words, dies at 85