Tere O’Connor’s ‘Baby’ Is a Structured Driveto Distraction, Review by Claudia LaRocco_3_25_06
So Where’s the Mother in ‘Frozen Mommy’? New York Times Review
Watch BABY by Tere O’Connor on dance-tech.tv Watch Frozen Mommy by Tere O”Connor on dance-tech.tv One of my biggest desires is to have people finally see that you can be at once conceptual and formal; that is what I’m trying to do. These two things are not polarities, they are converging in my dances. [...]
FROZEN MOMMY is an evening-length work stripped bare of any theatrical spectacle or hidden narrative. In imitation of the way the human mind formulates thought, the work sets movement elements of great disparity into close proximity to create meaning. O’Connor’s incredibly versatile dancers lead the viewer on an elliptical journey which transforms the present terrors of the world into a disturbing and darkly humorous outcry. An original musical score by O’Connor and his longtime collaborator James Baker incorporates the dancers’ voices into a spare choral landscape, while Brian MacDevitt’s lighting design brings a willfully barren and artful design to the work. FROZEN MOMMY premiered at The Kitchen in New York City in December 2004. (60 minutes)
I interviewed New York based choreographer Tere O’Connor in occasion of his season at the Baryshnikov Arts Center 2009 (BAC).
He takes us within his deep and self aware exploration about choreography, life, collaboration, teaching and process.
Produced by Marlon Barrios Solano for dance-tech.net
September 9 2009
BABY continued O’Connor’s deep immersion into the poetics of dance exploding the metaphor of “time passing” into a dynamic, contemporary work of art. Using choreography to process information, O’Connor reveals his inimitable and penetrating aesthetic. The work is performed by his company of five dancers and continues his career-long collaborations with lighting designer Brian MacDevitt and composer James Baker.
BABY premiered at Dance Theater Workshop in New York City in March 2006. (65 minutes)