Wrought Iron Fog

Tere O’Connor

Artist Bio

Tere O’Connor’s dance work for eight dancers, with music by composer James Baker, centers on the nature of authority, and on change as a generative force. O’Connor builds each work through exploration with his dancers. For this piece, the order in which material is performed changes each night, separated into “swatches” of choreography that each dancer chooses to arrange as he or she sees fit. His goal is to evoke an ordered performance experience while allowing every member of the ensemble to dictate and change that order.

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Tere O’Connor

New York, NY

Tere O’Connor has been making dances since 1982 and has created more than 34 works for his company. These works have been presented in the U.S., Europe, South America, and Canada. O’Connor has also created numerous works on commission for dance companies around the world, including the Lyon Opera Ballet, White Oak Dance Project, de Rotterdamse Dansgroep, and Zenon, Minneapolis. O’Connor is a 1993 Guggenheim Fellow and the recipient of a Foundation for Contemporary Performance Art Award. He has also received three ”Bessie” New York Dance and Performance Awards, including one for sustained achievement. O’Connor was a ballet instructor at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts for nine years. He is a professor at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.