Through 30 years of making dances, Tere O'Connor continues to explore and refine movement, gesture, and composition in his choreography. His poem
and Secret Mary
, which premiered at New York Live Arts in 2012, offered provocative deconstructions and reconstructions of familiar ballet, modern, and historic dance forms. He founded Tere O’Connor Dance in 1982 and has created over 34 works for his company. He has also created numerous commissioned works for companies including Lyon Opera Ballet, White Oak Dance Project, de Rotterdamse Dansgroep, Dance Alloy, and Zenon. He is the recipient of many awards including a Creative Capital Award (2009) and a USA Fellowship (2009). As a mentor and educator, he has taught at dance festivals and universities around the world, and is currently a tenured professor at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. An avid writer and researcher, he continues to seek ways to document systems, values, and thinking around the creation of dance. Toward this end, he created a blog
with performance scholar Jenn Joy to show his creative investigations and process for Bleed
, which premiered in 2014.