Tere O’Connor

CAS Professor of Dance

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Tere O’Connor has been making dances for 40 years and is recognized as one of our nation's most influential contemporary choreographers. He is Artistic Director of Tere O’Connor Dance and a Center for Advanced Study Professor of Dance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, splitting his time between New York and Illinois. He has created over 42 works for his company and toured these throughout the US and internationally. He has created numerous commissioned works for other dance companies, including the Lyon Opera Ballet, White Oak Dance Project, and solo works for Mikhail Baryshnikov and Jean Butler. O’Connor received a 2013 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award and was named a 2009 United States Artist Rockefeller Fellow and a 1993 Guggenheim Fellow, among numerous other grants and awards. His work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts/National Dance Project, The MAP Fund, and many others. He has received three “BESSIES," New York Dance and Performance Awards. In October 2014, he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. An articulate and provocative educator, O’Connor has taught at festivals and universities around the globe for 30 years. He is an active participant in the New York dance community mentoring young artists, as well as teaching, writing, and volunteering in various capacities. O’Connor is currently working on his newest dance entitled Rivulets. This new work for eight dancers will have its premiere at the Baryshnikov Center for the Arts in New York City in December 2022; in addition to the choreography, O’Connor has also created the score for this work. 

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