“O’Connor is a master at creating dream worlds in which gears shift abruptly and often….Like the best writers O’Connor has an astonishing eye for gestural details. His newest dances didn’t need words, they crackled with body poetry that made language superfluous.” – The Houston Chronicle
Dancing with film, dance as film, dancers as film; anything is possible in the work of Tere O’Connor. For his newest project, O’Connor transforms one of his familiar choreographic techniques – editing together movement material like a series of film clips – into the literal incorporation of film in his work. In LAWN, dancers maneuver through O’Connor’s choreography, interwoven with a series of narrative/abstract films by filmmaker Ben Speth (Dresden), creating a provocative multimedia piece which filters the disturbing state of our environment and its conflicted issues through the poetics of movement.
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.
LAWN is funded in part by the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts, with lead funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Additional funding provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Altria Group, Inc.
Run time: 60 min.