I am in a constant state of asking "What can dance do?" and the ever shifting answer seems to be, "It can do many things". Yet the pathways from ideation to application are specific in the choreographic mind even as they are applied to myriad aesthetic modes across diverse media. In this workshop we will focus on elemental aspects of choreographic process to build a set of highly individualized tools for each maker. By examining these elements and growing them into concept, we will find ways of locating meaning in our work, developing methods to direct these and shape them into performed manifestations.

Each artist will create a process methodology based on the structure of his /her own thought process and burning questions. We will pursue the application of these in the work and share our findings with each other. Through daily physical investigation and comprehensive discussion, we will question assumptions and choreographic "default settings" from dance history re-contextualizing these through the dual lenses of personal research and contemporary culture. We will work to find a functionally poetic approach to choreographic work of diverse sorts and try to sharpen the creative acuity required to realize our work in the most integrated ways possible. Not incidentally, we will create a space, even for a short time, where we can ruminate together in-depth about our decisions to make art while we are here.

-- Tere O'Connor

Tere O'Connor has been making dances for 30 years, creating more than 40 works for his company; touring nationally and internationally.  He has created numerous commissioned works for other dance companies including the Lyon Opera Ballet, White Oak Dance Project, and a solo for Mikhail Baryshnikov entitled Indoor Man.  O'Connor received a 2013 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, is a 2009 United States Artist Rockefeller Fellow, and a 1999 Guggenheim Fellow. He has received awards from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Arts International's DNA Project, and Creative Capital. He has been honored with three New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Awards -­‐ one for Heaven Up North in 1988, another in 1999 for Sustained Achievement, and the third for Frozen Mommy (2005).  His work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts and many, many others. In 2014 he was elected into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

A much sought after teacher, O'Connor has taught at universities and festivals worldwide.  He is currently a Center For Advanced Studies Professor in Dance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-­Champaign splitting his time between NY and Illinois.

Check out his work here

Dates: 28 July - 1 August
Time: 10am - 2pm (warmup from 9.30am)
Where: Upstairs Studio, Dancehouse
Cost: Full $280.00 | Conc $230.00 | Member and Deakin/VCA students $190.00
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