Tere O’Connor Dance

World Premiere

ADF Debut


The Ark at Duke University, East Campus and Reynolds Industries Theater

Sunday, July 13, 2pm & 8pm - Program 1 (FREE!)
Tuesday, July 15 at 7pm & 9:30pm - Program 2
Wednesday, July 16 at 7pm & 9:30pm - Program 3


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ADF is delighted to present, for the first time, four of Tere O’Connor’s interconnected works over the course of three special evenings. BLEED is the culminating work of a two-year project during which he constructed three other pieces, Secret Mary, poem, and Sister, all from very different source material and each with an entirely different cast. He then collapsed these into this fourth work, simultaneously remembering and forgetting the previous dances. All eleven of the performers from the other works are here, yet the movement material is gone. Ghosts of the other dances resonate through the new work and shape its form, but they are subterranean and exert their pressure on this new construction from the caves of memory. There will be a special, free, open to the public, hour-long discussion with Tere O’Connor at the end of the company’s residency. Don’t miss an evening of this company’s ADF visit! Go ahead; make your way to every event!

Sunday, July 13, 2:00pm & 8:00pm – Program 1 – Sister – (FREE!) in the Ark,  Duke East Campus.

Tuesday, July 15 at 7:00 & 9:30pm – Program 2 – Secret Mary and poem – Reynolds Industries Theater

Wednesday, July 16 at 7:00 & 9:30pm – Program 3 – BLEEDReynolds Industries Theater

Thursday, July, 17 at 8:00pm – FREE Community Discussion with the artist  in the Ark, Duke East Campus.

Download large print program here.

About tere o’connor

Tere OConnor has been making dances for 30 years, creating more than 36 works for his company, and touring 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.  O’Connor received a 2013 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, is a 2009 United States Artist Rockefeller Fellow, and a 1999 Guggenheim Fellow. 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 over the years by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, NEFA/National Dance Project, the New York Foundation for the Arts, The MAP Fund, Jerome Foundation, Altria Group, Inc., The Harkness Foundation for Dance, and the Mid Atlantic Fund for US Artists.   

O’Connor was the 2013 chair of the Chime Without Borders mentorship program initiated by the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company in San Francisco.  A much sought after teacher, O’Connor has taught at the Bates Dance Festival, American Dance Festival, Colorado Dance Festival, Ohio State University, University of Minnesota, Arizona State University, at the School for New Dance Development (The Netherlands), and ImPulsTanz (Austria), among many others.  He is currently a Center For Advanced Studies Professor in Dance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-­‐Champaign; he received a Faculty Award for Excellence in Research from the College of Fine and Applied Arts in the spring of 2013.


Finding Poetry in Mulitplicity
by Brian Seibert, The New York Times

Seeking Answers Among the Études
Alastair Macaulay, The New York Times