“His dances can simultaneously mystify and make total sense, a tension so intriguing and elusive that you hesitate to put it into words.” – Siobaan Burke, The New York Times
Tere O’Connor has been making dances since 1982 creating over 35 works for his company and touring these internationally. He has created numerous commissioned works for dance companies around the world, among these are works for the Lyon Opera Ballet, White Oak Dance Project and many others. In addition to his 1996 work Greta in a Ditch for White Oak, he created a solo work for Mikhail Baryshnikov entitled Indoor Man
O’Connor is a 2013 Doris Duke Performing Arts Award winner and a 2009 United States Artist Rockefeller Fellow. He is a recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship, Foundation for Contemporary Performance Art Award, and a Creative Capital Award. He has received three New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Awards. He is also a recipient of repeated grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, NEFA/National Dance Project, and many others. Most recently, O’Connor was elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
A much sought after teacher, O’Connor has taught at universities and festival worldwide. He is currently a Center for Advanced Studies Professor of Dance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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