Tere O’Connor
Dancer and Choreographer
New York, NY
2009 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by The Rockefeller Foundation.

Tere O’Connor has been making dances since 1982 and founded his company, Tere O’Connor dance, in 1985. He attended SUNY, Purchase, from 1976–80. Known for its distinctive vocabulary, his work includes abstract choreography, idiosyncratic gestures and, often, spoken texts. O’Connor has created over 30 works for his company and has produced dances for the Lyon Opera Ballet and White Oak dance Project, among others. In 2003, he created a solo for Mikhail Baryshnikov entitled Indoor Man. He has been a professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana, since 2006. He has also curated dance at The Kitchen and dance Theater Workshop in New York.

Portrait photo courtesy the artist.
  • Artwork by Tere O’Connor
    Wrought Iron Fog, 2009, performers Heather Olson and Daniel Clifton; photo courtesy the artist
Artwork by Tere O’Connor