Live Performance
Baryshnikov Arts Center Presents

Tere O'Connor

Rivulets (World Premiere)

December 7-10 and 14-17, 2022

Over his 40-year career, Tere O’Connor has developed singular movement constructions that expand elemental aspects of dance into illusory worlds that both reach into the depths of the imagination and remain grounded in contemporary realities. In Rivulets, he grapples with the relationship between unison/non-unison movement, its ubiquity across dance forms and the social and philosophical resonances this choreographic examination might engender such as: ideals of classical beauty, authoritarian or anarchic tendencies, and the standardization of human behavior. Creating structures where unison and non/unison treatments collide, he works to dissolve the order/chaos binary and promote alternative choreographic structures shaped by the unruly nature of consciousness.

Set to O'Connor's own original musical score, this World Premiere is created in collaboration with performers Leslie Cuyjet, Tess Dworman, Wendell Gray, Emma Judkins, Jordan Lloyd, Jordan Morley, Mac Twining, and Jessie Young. Lighting by Michael O’Connor. Costumes by Reid Bartelme.

Co-commissioned by Danspace Project.

Support provided by the Wexner Center for the Arts Performing Arts Residency Award, The Ohio State University.


Tere O'Connor
Artist Bio

Tere O'Connor

Tere O’Connor has been making dances since 1982, creating more than 40 works for his company, and touring extensively nationally and internationally.

He has created numerous commissioned works for other dance companies including the Lyon Opera Ballet, White Oak Dance Project, and a solo for Mikhail Baryshnikov entitled Indoor Man among others. O’Connor received a 2013 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, is a 2009 United States Artist Rockefeller Fellow, and a 1999 Guggenheim Fellow. In 2014 he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has received awards from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Arts International’s DNA Project, and Creative Capital. He has been honored with three New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Awards one for Heaven Up North in 1988, another in 1999 for Sustained Achievement, and the third for Frozen Mommy (2005). His work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, MAP Fund, National Dance Project and many others. A much sought-after teacher, O’Connor has taught at universities and festivals worldwide. He is currently a Center For Advanced Studies Professor in Dance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He splits his time between New York and Illinois.

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