Tere O'Connor Dance

By Hildebrand, Karen | Dance Magazine, February 2010 | Go to article overview

Tere O'Connor Dance


Hildebrand, Karen, Dance Magazine


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Tere O'Connor Dance

Dance Theater Workshop, NYC * November 10-14, 2009

In the world of Tere O'Connor's Wrought Iron Fog, nothing has "meaning." From the moment the lights come up on the five dancers, the best viewing approach is to let go of any need for narrative or theme, sit back, and enjoy watching an hour of delicious movement. Never fear, it all makes sense.

And what a delight it is to let O'Connor and his collaborators, like Alice, lead you through Wonderland. For instance: A trio of two women and one man, facing downstage, step sideways across the stage from one side to the other then back repeatedly. Their feet slap the floor in syncopated rhythm like a heartbeat: thump-thump, thump-thump. In another sequence, the two men take turns twirling with their arms raised, hands clasped, as if spinning from the end of a tightly wound rope.

The ensemble of three women and two men are an odd-lot of body size, bookended by lanky Matthew Rogers and full-bodied Hilary Clark (who received a 2008 Bessie for her work as a performer with O'Connor). They all exude presence and maturity-trained dancers performing movement where virtuosity is not the point. When dancing in unison, the ensemble is crisp and tight. Individuals blend in and out of duos and trios. …

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