Tere O'Connor

Making Dances
In this workshop we will examine elemental aspects of choreography and question the assumptions, or choreographic default settings, foisted on us by dance history.
By growing these ideas into concept we will create process tools and an individualised 'poetic science' for our making. An examination of these fundamental anchors re-contextualised through the dual lenses of personal research and contemporary culture will help us to broaden our methods for locating 'meaning' in dance.

In addition to working on simple choreographic exercises we will engage in collective dialogues around our activities. Ideas around abstraction and narrative; dissociation; intentionality and the degree to which source material exerts legibility on the surface of our work will be included in our discussions as well as areas of aesthetic interest determined by the group.

Jeremy Nelson on Tere O'Connor
'Tere O’Connor has been a very influential figure in the New York dance scene for many years. His work is witty and smart and intriguing and his composition workshops (I have done them a couple of times) are not only a lot of fun and quite playful, but they also help you to see your own work and what you are creating, from perspectives other than your own. This I found enormously helpful.''
Jeremy Nelson


Tere O’Connor has been making dances since 1982 and has created over thirty works for his company. The company has performed throughout the US and in Europe, South America and Canada. O’Connor has created numerous commissioned works for dance companies around the world, among these have been solo work for Mikhail Baryshnikov and works for the Lyons Opera Ballet among numerous others. O'Connor is a 1993 Guggenheim Fellow.

He is a 2009 recipient of Map Fund award and Creative Capital grant. He is the recipient of a Foundation for Contemporary Performance Art Award, National Dance Project Awards, and Arts International’s DNA Project Award. He has received three "Bessie’s" - for Heaven Up North (1988), for Sustained Achievement (1999) and most recently for Frozen Mommy (2005). He is also a recipient of repeated grants from many other funding organizations and foundations.

O’Connor was recently appointed full professor at University of Illinois at Champaign Urbana. He lives in there one semester a year and spends the rest of his time working with his company and on various other research aspects of his choreography. He is an active participant in the New York dance community mentoring young artists, teaching, writing, curating and volunteering in various capacities. In 2008-09 O’Connor’s company continues touring the recent work RAMMED EARTH around the U.S., including in New York at the Baryshnikov Art Center. They will premiere a new work at Dance Theater Workshop in November of 2009.


Tere O'Connor