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Tere O'Connor

New York, NY

Born 1958, Rochester, New York

For years I have worked to create a dance language of my own invention, using highly stylized physicality to represent ideological concerns and to filter these through the artificiality of the proscenium stage. The path of my work has gone from my early dances which were abstract with a theatrical sensibility, to later dances which included text necessitated by my need to engage in direct social commentary. The next phase will be a blend. Direct reference will be replaced by an abstraction that re-examines the tone of issues within the context of a dance language.

As an artist, I sift through a deluge of disparate ideas. The art of choreography is the attempt to capture their errant relativity. The motor of my work is the disinclination of these themes towards each other's natures. Seeds of the movement concepts for this next period involve divesting my body of dance training in an attempt to rid my work of scholastic body languages and locate a form of expression that is pre-linguistic.

1979 B.A., State University of New York at Purchase

1990-99 Instructor in Dance, New York University, Tisch School of the Arts

1989-- Member, Artists Advisory Board, Danspace Project., New York


2001 Choke, premiered in Out There series, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.

1999 Hi Everybody! performed at The Kitchen, New York.

1998 The World Is a Missing Girl, performed at Dance Theater Workshop, New York.

1998 House, performed at Dance Theater Workshop, New York.

1996 Mother, performed in Altogether Different Festival, The Joyce Theater, New York.

1995 Greta in the Ditch, commissioned by Mikhail Barishnykov for White Oak Dance Project and performed on tour.

1994 The Death of Generous Henry, commissioned and performed by De Rotterdamse Dansgroep, Holland.

1988 Heaven up North, produced by Danspace Project, New York.


2006 New York Foundation for the Arts/BUILD Grant

2003, 2005, and 2006 Rockefeller Foundation/Multi Arts Production Grant

2005 New York Dance and Performance Award ("Bessie") for Frozen Mommy

National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships in Choreography

New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships in Choreography

1999 New York Dance and Performance Award ("Bessie") for Sustained Achievement,citing Hi Everybody!

1993 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship

1988 New York Dance and Performance Award ("Bessie") for Heaven up North

Year Awarded 2001
Category Dance
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