Living Legacy Artist | September 18 - 30, 2022
Illinois and New York City-based choreographer Tere O’Connor returned for his fifth MANCC residency since he first visited in 2005, to develop a new work entitled Rivulets. In this project, O’Connor works to diffuse the unison/non-unison binary present in most choreographic presentation, to redefine non-unison movement as a rendering of freedom as opposed to “chaos.” He foregrounds these concepts in this dance, delving into the unfettered, intuitive pathways of deep consciousness to shape the structures of the work.
While at MANCC, O’Connor constructed what he calls the “movement magma” for the new work. This is a term he has coined to describe a web of bodies circulating in space to create a first layer and an underlying movement system. Careening along non-grid pathways, movement magma diffuses the rectilinearity presumed of stages to create a mobile canvas. O’Connor describes it as an embodied template of dimensionality, not moving towards the development of semaphore or signification, but promoting a circular scaffolding out of which more intimate “events” can swirl. It also falls under the heading of “shaping ephemera,” a way in which O’Connor describes choreography, setting aside the word abstraction.
O’Connor used this residency to continue to develop movement with his eight dance artists/performers to create distinct material in line with his concept of movement magma. Due to Hurricane Ian, O’Connor was not able to share his work-in-progress and postponed a class discussion with School of Dance students and faculty.