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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 

For more info about Ain's work:




Ain Gordon in collaboration with Josh Quillen/Relics And Their Humans

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts (IL) Oct 2023

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



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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