About the Company
Tere O’Connor’s choreography finds its logic outsclasse the realm of “translation,” operating in a sub-linguistic area of expression. He views dance as a system with its own properties; an abstract documentary form that doesn’t search to depict. The lenses of western culture, spoken language or dance history, often used to “interpret” dance, are subsumed into layers of the work and decentralized. In addition to a great love of movement and a deep commitment to choreographic craft and design, more philosophical urges animate the work. From his earliest efforts, the complex entanglement of passing time, metaphor, constant change, tangential thought, and memory have ignited an exploration into the nature of consciousness for O’Connor. Choreography is a process of observation which includes multiple, disparate elements that float in and out of synchronicity. Engaging in dance as a life style constitutes a move away from the narrow social constructs we’ve created to standardize human behavior.
O’Connor’s astounding performers and renowned collaborators constitute a family of artists who are dedicated to expanding the potency of dance as a serious art form. His boldly individualist approach to choreography has contributed new thought to the form that resonates throughout its theoretical discourse. For O’Connor, meaning is arrived at in collaboration with the audience and its endlessly diverse referential world. It is, therefore, fluid and forever open-ended.
Throughout history and across diverse cultures, dance has long proffered a value system in which narrative underpinnings were dominant anchoring dances to prescribed readings. He is committed to the power of dance as a sub-linguistic area of expression and revels in its ability to braid together the personal and the universal.
Tere O’Connor is Artistic Director of Tere O’Connor Dance. He has created over 40 works for his company and toured these throughout the US, Europe, South America and Canada. He has created numerous commissioned works for other dance companies, including the Lyon Opera Ballet, White Oak Dance Project and solo works for Mikhail Baryshnikov and Jean Butler. O’Connor received a 2013 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, is a 2009 United States Artist Rockefeller Fellow, and a 1993 Guggenheim Fellow among numerous other grants and awards. His work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts/National Dance Project, The MAP Fund, and many others. He has received three “BESSIES”, New York Dance and Performance Awards. In October 2014, he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. An articulate and provocative educator, O’Connor has taught at festivals and universities around the globe for 25 years. He is a Center for Advanced Studies Professor of Dance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he lives for one semester each year. O’Connor is an active participant in the New York dance community mentoring young artists, teaching, writing, and volunteering in various capacities. BLEED, premiered at BAM’s Next Wave festival in Dec 2013 and continues on a tour in the United States with upcoming stops at On the Boards in Seattle and The Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis. The company will present a week of encore performances of BLEED at Danspace Project in New York City, Dec 18-20, 2014. They will also present two works at the American Realness Festival in Jan 2015, Sister and undersweet in NYC.
Simon Courchel was born in Paris and studied dance at The Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris. He then worked with Michel Kelemenis, Jean-Claude Gallota, Karole Armitage, Yuval Pick, Tero Saarinen, Lucinda Childs and Russel Maliphant among others. In 2006, he joined the Belgium choreographer Frédéric Flamand and his team in Marseille as a principal dancer. Since 2010, Simon has lived in New York and worked with Carolee Schneemann, John Jasperse, Maria Hassabi,Yoshiko Chuma, Paul-André Fortier, Enrico Wey, and Rebecca Lazier. Simon is currently working and collaborating with Jon Kinzel, Tere O’Connor, and Yanira Castro. He is also developing his own work as a photographer, and works at The Invisible Dog Art Center in Brooklyn, NY.
Marc Crousillat dances in New York City. He currently works with Trisha Brown Dance Company and Netta Yerushalmy. He has also performed in the works of John Jasperse, Wally Cardona & Jennifer Lacey, and Alessandro Sciarroni. He works on his own improvisational practice and makes films with his sister, Stephanie. He has shown his work at Roulette, Center for Performance Research, Movement Research’s Open Performance, HyLo Boutiques, and FringeArts Philly. He has also been an artist-in-residence at Chez Bushwick, and an artist at The Watermill Center’s International Summer Program. He received a BFA in Dance at The University of the Arts (’13) in Philadelphia. He has taught masterclasses at Yale University, Duke University, The University of the Arts, Gibney Dance Center, Forum Dança, and Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance among others. He is a recipient of the 2016 Princess Grace Award Dance Fellowship, and is listed as one of Dance Magazine’s 25 to Watch in 2017. He was born and raised in Northern New Jersey. This is his first project with Tere.
Eleanor Hullihan is a performer, choreographer and teacher living in Brooklyn. She has performed and created work with John Jasperse, Beth Gill, Jennifer Monson, Andrew Ondrejcak, Mike Mills, Jessica Dessner, Sufjan Stevens, Lily Gold, Rashaun Mitchel, Silas Reiner, Charles Atlas, Zeena Parkins and Tere O’Connor, among others. Eleanor teaches Pilates and body conditioning at her private studio and American Ballet Theater’s JKO training program. She is currently creating new work with Jimmy Jolliff and Asli Bulbul.
Emma Judkins is a Brooklyn-based freelance dancer and performer with roots in her home town of Portland, Maine. Most recently, she has had the pleasure of performing with Pavel Zuštiak/Palissimo Company, Anna Sperber, Amber Sloan, and The Space We Make. Past artistic and performing collaborations include Kendra Portier/BANDPortier, Phantom Limb Company, Laurel Snyder and Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion. Emma is also a bookkeeper and freelance administrator.
Joey Loto studied dance at the University of Florida, and moved to New York in 2013. He currently collaborates with Tere O’Connor, Ori Flomin, and Tzveta Kassabova. He has also worked with artists including Neta Pulvermacher, Hilary Easton, Yaniv Abraham, and Robin Becke.
Silas Riener graduated from Princeton University in 2006 with a degree in Comparative Literature and certificates in Creative Writing and Dance, with a focus on linguistics. As a dancer he has worked with Chantal Yzermans, Takehiro Ueyama, Christopher Williams, Joanna Kotze, Jonah Bokaer, and Rebecca Lazier; and is currently dancing in projects for Tere O’Connor, Wally Cardona, and Kota Yamazaki. He was a member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company from November 2007 until its closure at the end of 2011, and received a 2012 New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie) for his solo performance in Cunningham’s Split Sides. While performing with MCDC, Riener completed his MFA in Dance at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts (2008). Since 2010 he has collaborated with choreographer Rashaun Mitchell on site-specific dances and immersive theatrical experiences. Riener was the movement designer for the architecture and design firm Harrison Atelier in 2012/2013 and choreographed the site-specific performance/installations Pharmacophore: Architectural Placebo at the Storefront for Art and Architecture, and VEAL at the Invisible Dog Art Center. His work has also been curated at Architecture OMI, CATCH, as part of LMCC’s River to River Festival, at Danspace Project, and at the BFI Gallery in Miami. His work with Rashaun Mitchell appeared in Carla Fernández exhibition The Barefoot Designer at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 2014. Riener has taught workshops on performance and technique at Concord Academy SummerStages in Boston, throughout Turkey at several universities, in the Dance Program of Princeton University and Barnard College, and at the Merce Cunningham Trust. In 2013 along with with Rashaun Mitchell he was named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch”, and was invited to participate as an inaugural member of LMCC’s Extended Life Dance Development Program. He was a 2014 New York City Center Choreographic Fellow and a Mellon Artist-in-Residence at The Newhouse Center for the Humanities at Wellesley College, and a 2015 Artist-in-Residence at Gina Gibney Dance Center Dance-in-Process, and at the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie-Mellon University.
Lee Serle is a choreographer, performer and teacher from Melbourne, Australia. He has collaborated and performed in the work of Trisha Brown, Lucy Guerin, Chunky Move (Gideon Obarzanek), Shelley Lasica, Stephanie Lake and Antony Hamilton. Lee’s choreographic work and collaborations have been presented in Australia, USA, France, Lebanon and has been commissioned to create new dances for the Lyon Opera Ballet, Lucy Guerin Inc., Dancenorth, Sydney Dance Company, Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, and the Victorian College of the Arts.
Jin Ju Song-Begin
Jin Ju Song-Begin is a choreographer, dancer and dance teacher from Seoul, Korea, whose work has been presented internationally in Korea, Japan, Singapore and the U.S. Since moving to New York in 2010, her work has been shown in many venues in NYC. In 2012, Jin Ju founded her dance company, Da-On Dance. Jin Ju dances with Douglas Dunn + Dancers and Seán Curran Company. She is thrilled to be dancing her first work with Tere O’Connor.
Michael O’Connor (lighting designer) has collaborated with Tere for nineteen years on such projects as: Transcendental Daughter, Undersweet, The Goodbye Studies, and Bleed. Other recent designs include: Loveless Texas (Sheen Center), this is an Irish dance (Kennedy Center), Morgan James “Grace” (YouTube Studios), The Pigeon In the Taj Mahal (Irish Rep), Gregorian (WalkerSpace), The Immigrant (Penguin Rep), This Is Mary Brown (La Mama), Collin Dunne’s The Turn (City Center), Strange Country (Access Theater), Hit The Body Alarm (Performance Garage), A Celebration of Harold Pinter (Irish Rep), SHE (HERE Arts Center), Me And The Girls (Mary MacArthur Theater), Monte Cristo (Urban Stages), Ballet Next (NYLA), The Report (Lynn Redgrave Theater), Oxbow (BAM), The Fantasticks (Forestburgh Playhouse), Who’s Your Daddy? (Irish Rep), Noctu (Irish Rep). Michael is the resident Lighting Designer for New Light Theatre Project, and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts NYC.
Strauss Baroque LaFrance
Strauss Baroque LaFrance (costume designer) is a New York based artist. Recent solo shows include Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York; T293, Rome, Italy; KANSAS, New York; and Courtney Blades, Chicago. His work has been included in exhibitions at The Kitchen, New York; SculptureCenter, New York; Abrons Art Center, New York; Judson Memorial Church, New York; Bodega, New York; Clifford Gallery, Colgate University, New York; ICA, Philadelphia; Contemporary Austin Jones Center, Texas; White Flag Projects, St. Louis; ExoExo, Paris, France; Galerie Derouillon, Paris, France; and Galerie Tobias Naehring, Leipzig, Germany, among others. Strauss received his BFA from Hampshire College, Amherst, MA and his MFA from Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA. Residencies completed include Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Dance and Process at The Kitchen, and the Movement Research AIR Program.
Jennifer Lu (understudy) is a dance artist, DJ, and experimenter. She holds a BFA degree in Dance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Spring 2017. During her time at the University, she has collaborated with numerous faculties and guest artists such as Earl Mosley, Ping Chong, Michelle Gibson, Jan Erkert, Rebecca Nettl-Fiol, Linda Lehovec, Sarah Hook, Renée Wadleigh, Cynthia Oliver, Kirstie Simson, Jennifer Monson, and Abby Zbikowski. As DJ Jen Lu, she has DJ-ed for runway shows and site specifics in Urbana-Champaign, AMFM for emerging artists in Chicago, and several public and private events. Inspired by the oddity of Björk, Grimes, and videos of volcanoes, she has choreographed a solo on herself and later a duet called “Lava and Logic” in which she aims to defy the conventional setting of a DJ. It involves with moving in and out, suspending over, and making contact with 2 turntables and a mixer with different body surfaces and weights. Jennifer has received the Lisa Carducci Memorial Scholarship for her artistry, integrity, and commitment to her works. She continues to build her own work while dancing for Tere O’Connor Dance as an understudy and Abby Z & the New Utility. She currently lives in New York, New York.