Tere O'Connor

BLEED, poem & Secret Mary
Nov 20 - 22, 2014

Photo by Paula Court

DATE HAS PASSED Merrill Wright Mainstage Theater

Experience three of American choreographer Tere O'Connors works over three evenings. BLEED (Thu & Fri) collapses three dance pieces into one singular masterpiece of movement; while poem and Secret Mary (performed only Sat), both shorter works, allow the audience to see some of the source material that informed the larger work.

All three pieces use O'Connor's lifelong obsession with the vast possibilities of human movement to create a brand-new choreographic language. Performed by a team of fearless & unparalleled dancers, the works weave various dance vocabularies into a complex yet often playful tapestry, creating an unexpected universe.

OtB has invited Velocity Dance Center to collaborate in a celebration of master American choreographer Tere O'Connor, surrounding performances of his seminal suite of works: BLEED (presented at OtB), poem and Secret Mary (presented at OtB),and Sister (presented at Velocity). This educational/community partnership and Open Forum is called Irreconcilability, and features nine days of activities focused on O'Connor's influential views on dance and contemporary culture.

On the Boards thanks Velocity Director Tonya Lockyer and Tere O’Connor for their partnership in planning these events. BLEED, poem, and Secret Mary are sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Boeing Company, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Washington State Arts Commission. Sister and Velocity-hosted Irreconcilability events are sponsored by the Foundation for Contemporary Art. Read more.


November 16: O'Connor Workshop Making Dances, Velocity | 12 - 4pm
November 17: O'Connor Happy Hour Book Club, OtB Mainstage Lobby | 6:30pm
November 20 - 21: performance of BLEED, OtB | 8pm
November 22: Reading, Claudia La Rocco The Best Most Useless Dress | 6 - 7pm
November 22: performance of poem and Secret Mary, OtB | 8pm
November 23: performance of Sister followed by O'Connor Community Forum, Velocity | 5:30pm

TERE O'CONNOR is an influential American choreographer based in NYC. He has been making and teaching dance for over three decades. A tireless investigator and educator, he has taught at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, and Movement Research in NYC. This will be the first time his company's work will be seen in Seattle.

This engagement was supported through OtB's Performance Production Program.