American Realness

Tere O’Connor


Theatrical Premiere

MON JAN 12, 5:30 PM
TUES JAN 13, 8:30 PM
WED JAN 14, 5:30 PM

Run time: 35 minutes

466 Grand Street / tickets $20

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In Undersweet, O’Connor works from the supposition that formalism might result from repressed sexual desire. The work is a choreographic meditation on how this paradox finds expression in dance, or possibly even generates it. O’Connor and his his longtime musical partner James Baker will collaborate on the score, weaving excerpts from Jean-Baptiste Lully’s Attys in and out of the soundscape.

Undersweet was created on and with Michael Ingle and Silas Riener. It premiered in an earlier iteration at the River to River Festival in June 2014.

Undersweet was commissioned by LMCC and presented as part of the River to River Festival 2014.  It was developed during an LMCC artist residency as part of their Extended Life Dance Development Program, made possible in part by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This work was also made possible by a grant from the Creative Research Fund in the College of Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

Photo by Tere O’Connor

Choreographed by Tere O’Connor
Performed by Michael Ingle and Silas Riener
Lighting Design Michael O’Connor

Music Excerpts from Atys, Jean-Baptiste Lully (Composer), William Christie (Conductor), Les Arts Florissants (Orchestra)

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 fall/winter stops at On the Boards in Seattle, The Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis and a week of encore performances of BLEED at Danspace Project in New York City. O’Connor is presenting two works at the American Realness Festival in Sister and undersweet.

Michael Ingle is a choreographer and performing artist based in New York City. His work has been presented at numerous venues in New York and nationally. As a performer, Michael has worked with with Hilary Easton + Company, Tere O’Connor Dance, Laura Peterson Choreography, Deganit Shemy & Company, Megan Sprenger/mvworks, Makiko Tamura/small apple co., Christopher Williams Dances and Miriam Wolf, among others.

Silas Riener grew up in Washington DC. He graduated from Princeton University 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, Jonah Bokaer, Kota Yamazaki, and Rebecca Lazier. 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 (Bessie) Award for his 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 poet Anne Carson and choreographer Rashaun Mitchell, with whom he continues to develop new projects. He has taught workshops and technique classes at Concord Academy SummerStages and throughout Turkey at several universities; he has taught in the Dance Program at Princeton University and Barnard College. He was the movement designer for the architecture and design firm the Harrison Atelier in 2012 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 own work has also been seen at Danspace Project, at CATCH and as part of LMCC’s River to River Festival. Along with Rashaun Mitchell he was named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” for 2013, and is a member of LMCC’s Extended Life Dance Development Program. He is a 2014 City Center Choreographic Fellow. Silas will create a new solo work for himself gthat woll premire in NYC in the fall if 2013

Michael O’Connor (Lighting Designer) Has been working with Tere for over fifteen years. His recent work in dance includes: Oxbow (BAM), Blue Room (NYLA), The Turn (City Center), Hurry (Danspace and PAC Dublin), In and Out (Danspace), Noctu (Irish Rep). His recent work in theater includes: Douglas Carter Beane’s Fairycakes (Lester Martin), While Chasing the Fantastic (AADA), Last Days of Cleopatra (Urban Stages), Mary Poppins (Forestburgh Playhouse), Morgan James CD Release (Le Poisson Rouge), The Tunnel Play (Kraine Theater), Beauty of the Father (AADA), The Morons (Cell Theater), Fruits Unheard Of (Chashama), Who’s Your Daddy? (Irish Rep), Red Valley (New 45th Street), Next to Normal (CAP 21), A Celebration of Harold Pinter (Irish Rep), American Clock (AADA), Jimmy Titanic (Drilling Company), Lend Me A Tenor (Gallery Players), Moonfleece (45th Street Theater), Oliver (David F. Clune Center), Snapshot Plays (Theatre 54), Spring Awakening (AADA). Michael is the resident Lighting Designer for the American Academy of Dramatic Arts NYC and Tere O’Connor Dance.