by Dylan Ward
I guess I should start this blog post by saying that I had to look up the word egalitarian to make sure I was using it correctly when talking about this weekend's show.
I was, I think; according to Google the meaning is:
"of, relating to, or believing in the principle that all people are equal and deserve equal rights and opportunities."
(yes, I am starting a blog post with a word definition like an asshole)
But the thing is: I have this immediate sort of teenage response to "egalitarian art", as though a teenager is whining "I knowwwww, I know we are all equal I know I get it I knowwww."...
Please note that there is no late seating for the Tere O'Connor performances Nov 20 - 22 at OtB. Additionally, please be aware of the events in the area such as the Key Arena, as well as the on-going traffic along the Mercer Street Corridor.
We hope to see you at the show -
Melody Datz Hansen at The Stranger breaks down the beautiful ambiguity of Tere O'Connor's work:
Choreographer Tere O'Connor doesn't want to tell you a goddamn story. Unlike in traditional ballets or more contemporary dance polemics, he doesn't afford his audiences the safety net of preordained plots or moods. His choreography is not trying to communicate some line of argument or point of view, nor are there messages to glean from his dancers' movements. Instead, O'Connor gives the viewers the opportunity—the challenge—to simply watch bodies in motion. His work is experimental, but it's not an abstraction of something else. It is concrete without being literal.
"Dance is sometimes seen as something ambiguous and mysterious that some people...
Thomas May talks with choreographer Tere O'Connor at City Arts Magazine:
“It bothers me when I hear people say, ‘I didn't get it,’ because I think dance launches its own critique of this need people have to ‘get’ anything,” O’Connor remarks. “I think people are absolutely intelligent and don’t need to have things simplified. For me dance is experiential. What I do in a work is to set up a network of information for the viewer to project their stories. This is realistically closer to the way consciousness works. The way that your thoughts move in and out of your head is not rational, even if our society tells us our consciousness has to be directed toward a product or a certainty.”
Think of an afternoon sitting on a...
Tere O'Connor's work is a continuous process, not an answer to a question. Below, he talks to the Ringling International Arts Festival (via the Fringe Arts blog) about two of the works which informed the large-scale BLEED.
Ringling: Where do you find the inspiration and catalysts for your choreography?
Tere O’Connor: Choreographic thinking is always awake in me and I start my works through movement to see what areas of interest arise in me. I use moving as a method to ruminate and allow thoughts to interweave with each other as I dance. In a given work the...
NY Times critic and scholar Claudia La Rocco in conversation with Tere O'Connor:
CLAUDIA LAROCCO: As a choreographer, are you in conversation with poetry? Do you feel that you share things in terms of your structural approach and the inner logic of your dances?
TERE O’CONNOR: Yes. Absolutely. The poetics of dance are something I use to kind of pull myself out of the weighty history of dance. The last four pieces have been attempts to bring poetics to the fore as a root metaphor for choreographic thinking. I really try to trust poetics over logic. I think logic and comprehensibility have been foisted on the form as aspects of a value system that congratulates the finite. Even in the mind of contemporary dancemakers there is often a conflict of this nature.
It sounds so hippy, but I’m really trying to embrace the mysterious elements of the form. I realize...
"At the beginning of every project, the choreographer Tere O’Connor asks himself a basic question. As he said recently over coffee near his West Village apartment: 'What am I doing? What is dance trying to do?'
'Dance doesn’t do a lot of the things that people think they’d like it to do,' he said. “I don’t think it tells stories very well, but people would really like it to.”
You won’t find a story, the linear kind, in the choreographic suite that Mr. O’Connor is bringing to the American Dance Festival in Durham, N.C., this week. The four parts of his “Bleed” project amount to a more porous kind of whole. Mr. O’Connor, a major force in contemporary dance, began the project in 2012, with what sounds like a simple, if ambitious, idea:...
Sat, Nov 22 | pre-show poem & Secret Mary
6 - 7pm | OtB Studio Theater
Claudia La Rocco reads from and discusses her new book, The Best Most Useless Dress (Badlands Unlimited), a selected writings featuring poetry, criticism and performance texts. How do different types of writing inform and diverge from each other, and what it is to be working in these various modes and disciplines in 2014, in relation to art forms like dance and theater? She will be joined in conversation after by the choreographer Michelle Ellsworth, with whom La Rocco has been collaborating in recent years.
Widely known as an incisive critic for The New York Times and Artforum, Claudia La Rocco is also a poet and performer whose hybrid texts are as mercurial and imaginative as her criticism. The Best Most Useless Dress reveals the breadth and depth of La Rocco's art,...