FROZEN MOMMY (2004) by Tere O’Connor

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)

Choreographed and directed by Tere O’Connor
Performed by Hilary Clark, Erin Gerken, Heather Olson, Matthew Rogers, and Christopher Williams

Music by James F. Baker and Tere O’Connor
Music recorded and engineered by Mick Cantarella at Grampa Studios Lighting Design Brian MacDevitt
Lighting Supervisor – Michael O’Connor Assistant Lighting Designer – Jen Schriever Video Documentation provided by Character Generators, Inc.

Read interview with Tere O’Connor Claudia LaRocco Presents

Funding for Frozen Mommy has been provided by “The DNA Project”, a program of Arts International through the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Additional support has been provided by Rockefeller Foundation/MAP Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts, Altria Group, Inc., Bossak/Heilbron Charitable Foundation, The Vapnek Family Foundation, and with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State agency, and by the generous contributions of our patrons. 


TERE O’CONNOR has been making dances since 1982 and has created over 30 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 and universities around the world. He recently created a new solo work for Mikhail Baryshnikov entitled INDOOR MAN. O’Connor received a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 1993. He is the recent recipient of a Foundation for Contemporary Performance Art Award, a National Dance Project Award, and Arts International’s new DNA Project Award. He has received two New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Awards- One for HEAVEN UP NORTH in 1988, and another in 1999 for Sustained Achievement.. He is also a recipient of repeated grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, The New York Foundation for the Arts, the Jerome Foundation, Altria Group, Inc., the Bossak/Heilbron Charitable Foundation, the Harkness Foundation for Dance, Joyce Mertz-Gilmore Foundation, and Arts International: The Fund for US Artists at International Festivals. O’Connor was a ballet instructor at New York University’s School of the Arts for nine years (1990-99). He has been an artist-in-residence at Ohio State University several times and has also taught at the American Dance Festival, Bates Dance Festival, Colorado Dance Festival, University of Minnesota, Arizona State University, University of Illinois, School for New Dance Development in The Netherlands; and Tanzwochen in Vienna; among others. He teaches regularly at Movement Research in New York City. O’Connor served as a movement consultant for ROBOTS, an animated feature directed by Chris Wedge for Blue Sky Studios, released this spring. In January, the company will begin a new work while in residence at the National Center for Choreography at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. This new full length work will premiere at Dance Theater Workshop in spring 2006

JAMES BAKER has composed numerous works for O’Connor over the years. Among these CHOKE, WINTER BELLY, THE WORLD IS A MISSING GIRL, HI EVERYBODY and HEAVEN UP NORTH for which he received a Bessie Award Baker appears regularly in the New York area and elsewhere, as a musician, performer, composer and conductor. An accomplished percussionist, he has performed live with the American Composers Orchestra, American Symphony, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Orpheus, New York Philharmonic, New York City Ballet, Academy of Ancient Music, New York New Music Ensemble, EOS and many others. As a Conductor, he has led the NY New Music Ensemble in performances of Druckman, Boulez, Wolfe, Crumb and many others. He has been a resident conductor at June in Buffalo for several years. On Broadway he served as associate conductor for The King and I, Sound of Music, and The Music Man, and was assistant conductor for Oklahoma. He was most recently hired to be assistant conductor of La Boheme. He performs regularly as a recording musician for motion pictures, television and radio, and has appeared with many Pop and Jazz artists ranging from Tony Bennet to Nine Inch Nails. He has recorded for RCA, Angel EMI, CBS, Varese, Sarabande, Nonesuch, and Arista records.

HILARY CLARK appears in her first project with Tere O’Connor. She thanks her lucky stars that Tere O’Connor, a true visionary, makes dance, and that she is a part of it together with such amazing artists. The internal structure of her interpretation of this art form has been influenced by many experiences and people. She also dances for the lovely Fiona Marcotty.

ERIN GERKEN holds a BFA in Dance and Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University. She joined Tere O’Connor Dance in 2001.

BRIAN MACDEVITT has worked with Tere O’Connor for 20 years for what has been his most important collaboration in Dance. They have collaborated in NYC at the Kitchen, PS122, Danspace at St. Marks, and DTW. MacDevitt’s most recent designs in NY are Night Mother, Pacific Overtures, Urinetown, Sweet Charity, and The Pillowman. He has received Tony, Obie, and Hewes awards for his work in Theater. He received a Bessie Award for his work with Tere O’Connor.

MICHAEL O’CONNOR has designed over 200 professional productions both nationally and internationally. Shortly after graduating from The Conservatory of Theatre Arts and Film at Purchase College, he was accepted into United Scenic Artists Local 829. His work has been seen at The John Houseman Studio Theatre, Soho Rep, Here Main Stage, The Connelly Theatre, The Las Vegas Convention Center, The Forestburgh Playhouse, The Bon Vivant Theatre Colorado as well as numerous other theatres across America. O’Connor has been the Lighting Supervisor for Tere O’Connor Dance since 1997 and is the resident Lighting Designer for Light Box (formerly Ellen Beckerman and Company), and The American Academy of Dramatic Arts NYC.

HEATHER OLSON has been working with Tere O’Connor Dance since late 1997 and feels really lucky. She grew up in Chicago and received her BFA from North Carolina School of the Arts (also in ’97). In addition to her work with Tere O’Connor, Olson has been a member of Yanira Castro + Company since 2000. She has also had the pleasure of working in New York with Karl Anderson (SLAMFEST), Ivy Baldwin Dance, Ashley Smith (Red Dive), and Donna Uchizono.

MATTHEW ROGERS is from Virginia. There he danced with Starr Foster, Toneta Akers-Toler and Chris Burnside. He also performs in works by Johannes Wieland, Ivy Baldwin, Sara Pearson, and Patrik Widrig. He received a BFA in Dance and Choreography at Virginia Commonwealth University.

CHRISTOPHER WILLIAMS is a dancer, choreographer, puppeteer, and performance artist based in New York City. He is a graduate of both Sarah Lawrence College and the Ecole Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq. He has since performed with Douglas Dunn and Dancers, John Kelly, Basil Twist, Dan Hurlin, the Eliza Miller Dance Company, Risa Jaroslow and Dancers, Fred Ho, and Rebecca Lazier’s TERRAIN, among others. His own dance and puppet works have been presented in several New York City venues and in the Casa del Teatro Nacional in Bogotá, Colombia. He has collaborated most recently with Colombian visual artist, Rosario Lopez, composer Peter Kirn, Kindra Windish, and the internationally renowned medieval women’s choir, The Anonymous 4. Williams is the recipient of both a Bessie Schönberg Memorial Endowed Fellowship for a residency at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program as well as grants from the Jim Henson Foundation, and was a commissioned artist of Dream Music Puppetry through the HERE Artist Residency Program for 2003. He currently serves on the Artist Advisory Board for the Danspace Project, and will be making new work while in residence at Yaddo this winter.

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