Tere O’Connor: Rivulets – Danspace Project
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Tere O’Connor: Rivulets

A photograph of a pile of dancers reaching for one another. They wear shirts in varying shades of green.
Photo: Maria Baranova.

Wednesday, December 7 – Saturday, December 10 at 7:30PM
& Wednesday, December 14 – Saturday, December 17 at 7:30PM

Location: Baryshnikov Arts Center Howard Gilman Performance Space
450 West 37th Street, New York, NY 10018


Danspace Project partners with Baryshnikov Arts Center to co-commission the premiere of Tere O’Connor’s new group work, Rivulets.

Over his 40-year career, Tere O’Connor’s willfully complex constructions of movement reflect his fascination with the byzantine systems ordering human activity. In Rivulets, O’Connor explores the binary between the harmoniousness of unison and the freedom of non-unison. Set to his 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, with Lighting by Michael O’Connor.

In anticipation of the premiere, O’Connor will be in-residence in Danspace’s Sanctuary from October 3-7.

Last year, Danspace hosted a virtual conversation between O’Connor and Rashaun Mitchell, which illuminated the creative process for this work. Watch the conversation here.

Co-commissioned by Danspace Project and Baryshnikov Arts Center

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

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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