Current Professor

Tere O’Connor
CAS Professor of Dance

Tere O’Connor has been making dances for 35 years, and is recognized as one of our nations most influential contemporary choreographers, creating over 40 works for his company and touring internationally.  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 40 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, is 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, teaching, writing, and volunteering invarious capacities. In recent years he created two large works for 12 dancers. BLEED, premiered at BAM’s Next Wave festival in December 2013 and toured the United States through March 2015. The second work entitled The Goodbye Studies had its premiere at the Kitchen in December 2015. O’Connor’s newest work will premiere at the Joyce Theater in New York City October 2016.

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