Nursing The Dance: Interview with Tere O'Connor

I interviewed New York based choreographer Tere O'Connor in occasion of his season at the Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC).
He takes us within his deep and self aware exploration about choreography, life, collaboration, teaching and process.
Raw Cuts Series
Produced by Marlon Barrios Solano for dance-tech.net
September 9 2009

Next Performances:
Performances are September 24-28, 2008 (Wednesday-Sunday) at 7:00pm and 9:00pm. Artist discussion to follow the 7:00pm performances on Thursday, September 25 and Saturday, September 27. For tickets to Tere O’Connor Dance’s gala performances on September 24, please call 212-633-0016. All other tickets are $20 and can be purchased through the Ticket Central Box Office at
212-279-4200 or online at www.ticketcentral.com. Please note that there is no late seating for these performances.

Tere is memeber of the network:
http://www.dance-tech.net/profile/TereOConnor

The Baryshnikov Arts Center is located at 450 West 37th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues in NYC. For more information visit: www.bacnyc.org.


Tere O’Connor has been making dances since 1982 and has created over 30 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 works for the Lyon Opera Ballet, White Oak Dance Project, de Rotterdamse Dansgroep, Holland; Carte Blanche, Norway; TRAFO/The Workshop Foundation, Hungary; for Canadian dancers Bill Coleman and Laurence Lemieux in Montreal; Dance Alloy in Pittsburgh, PA; and Zenon in Minneapolis, MN. In addition to GRETA IN A DITCH for White Oak, he recently created a solo work for Mikhail Baryshnikov entitled INDOOR MAN.


Tere O'Connor is a 1993 John Simon Guggenheim Fellow. He is a recent recipient of a Foundation for Contemporary Performance Art Award, a National Dance Project Award and a DNA Project Award from Arts International.

He has received three New York Dance and Performance "Bessie" Awards - One for HEAVEN UP NORTH in 1988, another in 1999 for Sustained Achievement, and most recently for his work FROZEN MOMMY (2005). He is also a recipient of repeated grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, Rockefeller Foundation/MAP Fund, The New York Foundation for the Arts, Jerome Foundation, Altria Group, Inc., the Bossak/Heilbron Charitable Foundation, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, and Arts International: The Fund for US Artists at International Festivals.

http://www.tereoconnordance.org/

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Comment by Ashley A. Friend on September 15, 2008 at 8:41pm
Good interview Marlon. I love your knowledge of... um... everything... therefore you have much to reference in your questions.
For him... yes, it is nice to have a distance from the "expected" artistic and social pressures to create within a style. Thank fucking god for Tere and his simple personal demand as an artist... to be an artist. If personal artistic growth for 2009 means vivaldi and yellow unitards I say... um, hell yeah!(?)

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