poem and Secret Mary constitute the first two works of a multi-year, multi-venue project that will collapse three finished dances into a fourth culminating work in 2013. Each work features a different cast and point of departure. Utilizing assemblage, layering and juxtaposition, Tere O'Connor searches to create works that follow a choreographic logic devoid of narrative resolution. Indeed, according to The New York Times,"... getting swept up in that logic, along with Mr. O’Connor’s brilliant dancers, is one of the profound pleasures of watching his work."
In poem, the second dance in the series, commissioned by New York Live Arts, O’Connor reexamines his career long obsession with artifice and formal structures in dance. The featured performers are Natalie Green, Michael Ingle, Oisín Monaghan, Heather Olson and Silas Riener. The first work in the series Secret Mary, is based on O’Connor’s mentoring relationships with young artists Tess Dworman, devynn emory, Ryan Kelly and Mary Read.