Biographical/historical: David Gordon was born in New York City in 1936 and is known as a dancer, choreographer, writer, and theatrical director prominent in the world of postmodern dance and performance. He was a founding member of Judson Dance Theater in the early1960s. He began dancing with James Waring while studying art at Brooklyn College, and had further dance studies with Cunningham, Louis Horst, and Robert Dunn. He was at the centre of the post-modern movement in New York, performing with Judson Dance Theater during the 1960s, also with Yvonne Rainier (1966–70), and with Grand Union from 1970. He also collaborated with Douglas Dunn and frequently worked with his wife, the dancer Velda Setterfield. In 1978, he incorporated Pick Up Performance Company, an organization he founded in 1971 to support his artistic work of David Gordon and that of his son, playwright Ain Gordon. A highly analytical choreographer, his productions also had a strong theatrical quality, incorporating speech and making frequent reference to film and popular music. He choreographed for several dance companies including American Ballet Theatre (Field, Chair and Mountain, 1985 and Murder, 1986); Dance Theatre of Harlem (Piano Movers, 1984); Paris Opera (Punch and Judy, 1992), and the White Oak Dance Project. He also choreographed Philip Glass and Robert Coe's opera The Photographer (1983).