With over twenty years of dance-making behind him, Tere O’Connor continues to challenge the accepted tenets of dance as performance. His distinctive compositional style is bewitching, richly textured, and disturbingly beautiful. Bringing both theatrical and physical elements to the stage, O’Connor’s choreography casts an eye on contemporary society and human behavior and challenges his audiences to consider alternative choices and imagined worlds.
As well as touring extensively with his company throughout the US and Europe, South America, and Canada, O’ Connor has created commissioned works for several other dance companies, including Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project. He is a 1993 Guggenheim Fellow, and has received two Bessie Awards, one for Heaven up North (1988), and a second in 1999 for Sustained Achievement. Most recently, O’Connor was invited to participate in the DNA Project, a new program of Arts International.