Tere's Bio

Tere O’Connor has been making dances since 1982 and has created over 35 works for his company. The company has performed throughout the US, and in Europe, South America, and Canada. O’Connor has created numerous commissioned works for dance companies around the world, among these have been works for Lyon Opera Ballet, White Oak Dance Project, de Rotterdamse Dansgroep, Dance Alloy, and Zenon. In addition to his 1996 work Greta in a Ditch for White Oak, he also created a solo work for Mikhail Baryshnikov. He is currently creating a solo for Jean Butler, which will premiere in May 2010 at the Dublin Dance Festival.


Tere O’Connor is a 2009 United States Artist Rockefeller Fellow. He is a recipient of a Foundation for Contemporary Performance Art Award, Arts International’s DNA Project Award, and a Creative Capital Award. He has received three New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Awards - One for Heaven Up North in 1988, another in 1999 for Sustained Achievement, and most recently for his work Frozen Mommy (2005). O’Connor is a recipient of a 1993 Guggenheim Fellowship. He is also a recipient of repeated grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, NEFA/National Dance Project, the New York Foundation for the Arts, The MAP Fund, Jerome Foundation, Altria Group, Inc., Bossak/Heilbron Charitable Foundation, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, and Mid Atlantic US Artists International.

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 Tanzwochen (Austria), among others. He is currently a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Company Bios

Natalie Green (perfomer) has danced for RoseAnne Spradlin, Anna Sperber, Levi Gonzalez, Juliette Mapp, and Daniel Linehan. Green's own choreography has been presented at Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project's "Food for Thought", Catch, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, and Movement Research at the Judson Church "About Town".

Michael Ingle (perfomer) was born and raised in Topeka, Kansas. He began dancing at the University of Kansas while earning his BFA in Art History. Since moving to New York City in 2007, he has performed 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. Michael is also a freelance lighting designer and stage-manager. Anytime he isn’t doing something else, he creates work with his own group Michael and the Go-Getters.

Jenn Joy, PhD, (writer,documentarian) teaches in Graduate Studies and Sculpture at Rhode Island School of Design. She is scholar-in-residence at Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church in NYC where she co-edited the catalog Judson NOW and continues to curate Conversations without Walls with Judy Hussie-Taylor a series of conversations around issues in contemporary choreography. She edited Planes of Composition: Dance, Theory and the Global with André Lepecki (Seagull Press, 2009). Her writing has been published in DANCE (Whitechapel/MIT Press, 2012), BOMB, Movement Research Performance Journal, Studies in Gender and Sexuality, Dance Theatre Journal, TDR, Women and Performance, and Contemporary. From 1997-2000, she founded and directed jennjoygallery in San Francisco.

Oisín Monaghan (perfomer) received his B.F.A. in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College. Trained in both classical ballet and modern, Oisín began studying movement at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance at the age of 14. He has performed the works of José Limón, Anna Sokolow, Geoffrey Holder, Sophie Maslow, and Chet Walker. Oisín has also been photographed by distinguished photographers Peter Lindbergh, Mario Testino, Terry Tsiolis, Ryan McGinley, Kenneth Willardt, John Rusnak and has appeared in numerous fashion magazines and campaigns. Currently, he is dancing with Tere O’Connor Dance, SENSEDANCE and Robin Becker Dance. Oisín's first performance with Tere O'Connor Dance was "Cover Boy" at Danspace (2011). Back in the summer of 2010, he performed with John-Mark Owen at Jacob's Pillow. In the last year, he has also performed with Christopher Caines Dance at St. John the Divine Cathedral, SENSEDANCE at Joyce Soho and Manhattan Movement Arts Center and Robin Becker Dance at The 92nd St Y. Oisín lives in Chelsea with his cat Tyco.

Cynthia Oliver Is a former dancer with numerous companies including the David Gordon Pick Up Co., Ronald Kevin Brown/Evidence, and Bebe Miller Co. She is a Professor in the Dance Division at the University of Illinois. A woman of Caribbean descent, Cynthia's own work is a melange of dance theatre and the spoken word, incorporating textures of Caribbean performance with African and American sensibilities. Ms. Oliver is a New York Dance and Performance Award (a Bessie) winning choreographer whose work has been presented nationally. Additional awards have included a Dance Theater Workshop/Bessie Schonberg First Light Commission, a prestigious Creative Capital grant, a Faculty Research Award, an Arnold O. Beckman award from the University of Illinois school of Fine and Applied Arts, an Illinois Arts Council grant in Choreography, New England Foundation for the Arts Touring support, National Performance Network Creation grant, and a Rockefeller Multi-Arts Production award amongst others, for her latest endeavor entitled Rigidigidim De Bamba De: Ruptured Calypso, a performance project on calypso and transnationalism. For this project she also received a University of Illinois Research Board and Creative Research awards. She has been recently named a 2011-2012 University Scholar at the UI. In addition to Ms. Oliver's performance work, she holds a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from New York University. Her scholarly work focuses on performance in the Anglophone Caribbean, particularly in the US Virgin Islands. She has published works in anthologies, exhibition booklets, the Movement Research Journal, and Women and Performance. Her single authored book, Queen of the Virgins: Pageantry and Black Womanhood in the Caribbean, was published by University Press of Mississippi in 2009. She teaches dance technique, composition, performance, post-colonial and feminist theory, and courses emphasizing the African-American and African-Caribbean influence on American performance.

Heather Olson (perfomer)is a dancer and choreographer based in New York City since 1997. Her choreography has been has been commissioned by The Chocolate Factory (Shy showoff - 2011), the Olgas Zitluhinas Dejas Kompanija in Riga, Latvia (Your Experience Here - 2010), Sugar Salon (in the river - 2009), and Dance Theater Workshop (Curious awake not possible - 2008). Her work has also been presented by Aunts, Danspace Project, Galapagos Art Space, La Mama, Movement Research at Judson Church, Catch!, Solonova Arts Festival (at P.S. 122), the International Computer Music Conference, Gorillafest and LIT at 100 Grand, and Creature Feature in Berlin, Germany. She was the recipient of a 2011 BAX Space Grant and was one of three artists selected for the 2008/2009 Sugar Salon; a creative residency, performance, and mentoring program created by Wax in partnership with the Barnard College Dance Department of Colombia University. As a performer, Olson has worked with Tere O’Connor Dance since 1997 and appeared in nine works with the company. She also served as rehearsal director for Day, a solo O’Connor created for Jean Butler. Olson worked closely with Yanira Castro + Company (renamed: acanarytorsi) from 2000 - 2009, appearing in seven dance-installations, and has also appeared in the work of Jennifer Allen, Ivy Baldwin, Faye Driscoll, Levi Gonzalez, Stacy Grossfield, Ashley Smith Steele (Red Dive), and Larissa Velez-Jackson. Olson has received two New York Dance and Performance Awards (Bessies), one for her performance in Castro’s Dark Horse/Black Forest, and the other for her body of work with Tere O’Connor.

Silas Riener (performer) grew up in Washington DC. He graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Comparative Literature and Creative Writing. He has worked with Chantal Yzermans, Takehiro Ueyama, Christopher Williams, Jonah Bokaer, and Rebecca Lazier's TERRAIN. In 2010 he premiered NOX, a collaboration with poet Anne Carson and choreographer Rashaun Mitchell, with whom he continues to develop new projects. In 2011 he collaborated with the Harrison Atelier on a site-specific performance at the Storefront for Art and Architecture, and will premiere a new work in February 2012 at The Invisible Dog. He was a member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company from November 2007 until its closure at the end of 2011. While performing with MCDC, Riener completed his MFA in Dance at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. This is his first project with Tere O'Connor.

David Thomson Since the early 80’s, David has worked as a collaborative artist in the fields of music, dance, theater and performance with a wide range of companies and artists including Mel Wong, Jane Comfort, Remy Charlip, Trisha Brown (‘87-‘93), Susan Rethorst, David Roussève, Ralph Lemon, Muna Tseng and Dean Moss/Layla Ali among many others. Mr. Thomson has performed downtown, Off Broadway and in London with the acclaimed a cappella performance group Hot Mouth, of which he was a founding member. Other projects have included work as choreographer & performer in Tracie Morris’Afrofuturistic, Sekou Sundiata’s final project the 51st (dream) state, Meg Stuart's Auf Den Tisch, and as a re-performer in Marina Abramović’s MoMA retrospective, The Artist is Present. His work has been presented by The Kitchen, Danspace Project at St Mark's Church, Dance Theater Workshop and Movement Research at Judson Church. He has been a resident artist with Joyce Soho, Dance Theater Workshop, Movement Research and is an inaugural Gibney DiP Residency Artist. Present and future projects include touring Alain Buffard’s latest work, Baron Samedi, Deborah Hay’s The Blues and work with Tere O’Connor. In 2001, he was honored with a New York Dance and Performance award (Bessie) for Sustained Achievement, in 2006 as part of the creative team for Bebe Miller’s Landing/Place, and nominated in 2011 for his leading role performance in Muna Tseng’s Stella. An ongoing advocate for dance and the empowerment of artists, he was one of the founding members of Dancer’s Forum and has served on the boards of Bebe Miller/Gotham Dance, Dance Theater Workshop and presently New York Live Arts.

Matthew Rogers (perfomer) received his BFA in Dance and Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2003. In New York he has had the privilege to dance in the choreographic works of Ivy Baldwin, Zoltan Negy, Johannes Wieland, Sarah Pearson and Patrik Widrig, Heather Olson, and Amber Sloan. He has been dancing with Tere O'Connor since 2004. At Dixon Place in 2006 he showed his own work in collaboration with Jack Ferver. He will participate in the re-performance of a work by Marina Abramovic at MoMa in 2010.

Erin Gerken (perfomer)has performed in works by Tere O'Connor since 2001, including Winterbelly, Lawn, Frozen Mommy, and Baby. She holds a BFA in Dance and Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude, and was the sole recipient of the university-wide Phi Kappa Phi Scholarship. She is delighted to be performing with Tere once again after a brief hiatus, and is honored to be part of a process directed by someone she deeply trusts. Erin teaches yoga in Brooklyn.

Hilary Clark (perfomer) grew up in Connecticut, lived in Philadelphia, and moved to New York in 1998. Clark was honored with 2008 New York Dance and Performance Award (a Bessie) for her body of work as a performer with Tere O'Connor, Fiona Marcotty, and Luciana Achugar. She has danced with choreographers Tere O'Connor since 2004, and with Luciana Achugar since 2006. Her work has been shown at Dixon Place, Arts Space (Hartford, CT), The Painted Bride (Philadelphia, PA), The Kitchen, and Dance Theater Workshop, where she was a Fresh Tracks recipient with Larissa Velez. Clark's interpretation of dance has been influenced and inspired by many experiences and people. Tere continues to inspire her.



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