Pick Up Performance Co. (PUPC) is a development, production, and presenting organization. Originally founded by choreographer/director David Gordon (1936-2022), in 1992 PUPC expanded its artistic leadership to support the work of writer/director Ain Gordon, who now helms the company.
For more than forty-five years, PUPC has facilitated significant performance works via multi-year production/development models in partnership with leading performance venues, community organizations, and universities including BAM Next Wave, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Baryshnikov Arts, 651 Arts (all NY); UCLA Center for the Art of Performance, William Way LGBT Community Center (PA), the Mark Taper Forum (CA), International Festival of Arts & Ideas (CT), National Performance Network, and Williams College (MA), to cite a few.
In 2022, in recognition of its familial artistic roots, PUPC piloted a “friends & family” initiative to support the individual projects of artists who have previously collaborated with Ain or David Gordon. PUPC is partnering on projects with choreographer/writer Emily Coates and performance/visual artist John Kelly.
As an outgrowth of “friends and family,” PUPC has launched a multi-artist multi-year project creating then managing teams to facilitate the individual archives of eleven LGBTQIA artists who collectively mark seminal chapters in the last forty-plus years of New York’s alternative dance/performance scene. The goal is to assist the artists in preparing their archives for a permanent home and to find a way to make each of these archives available to the public. The artists are Five Lesbian Brothers, Ain Gordon, John Kelly, Ishmael Houston-Jones, Richard Move, Lola Pashalinski, Carmelita Tropicana
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RECENT/CURRENT PERFORMANCE PROJECTS
Ain Gordon in collaboration with Josh Quillen/Relics And Their Humans
Wexner Center for the Arts (OH) Feb 2024
La Mama ETC (NY) June 2024
Arizona Arts Live (AZ) Fall 2024
Emily Coates/WE – directed by Ain Gordon
Dartmouth College (NH) June 2022
SUNY Purchase (NY) April 2023
Quick Center (CT) April 2023
Kaatsbaan (NY) June 2023
John Kelly/Underneath The Skin
La Mama ETC (NY) Dec 2022
Emily Coates/New Work TBA – directed by Ain Gordon
Quick Center (CT) Developmental Residency March 2024
Dartmouth College (NH) Developmental Residency TBA
Ain Gordon/Condolence (working title)
Creative Capital 2023 Award
John Kelly/Untitled New Work
Baryshnikov Arts Fellow (NY) 2024
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Rhoda Cerritelli (President), Barbara Dufty (Vice President),
Kim Chan (Secretary/Treasurer), Linda S. Chapman, Ain Gordon,
Rhoda Grauer, Bill Kux, Jennifer Tipton, Suzanne Weil,
David Gordon, Founder/Director Emeritas, (1978-2022)
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