For his new work, Bleed at BAM’s Fisher Space as part of the 2013 Next Wave Festival (December 11-14), Tere O’Connor brought together a cast of stars (Tess Dworman, devynn emory, Natalie Green, Michael Ingle, Ryan Kelly, Oisin Monaghan, Cynthia Oliver, Heather Olson, Mary Read, Silas Riener and David Thomson) in a solid hour of good dancing and good ideas. Though O’Connor notes that “…Bleed is the culminating work of … three other pieces--Secret Mary, poem, and Sister—all from very different sources,” Bleed takes on a life of its own. In Bleed nothing was predictable, and segment after segment, what we see is (pardon the pun), what we see. For instance, there is a quartet of technically proficient boys on their tippy toes giving lots of leg, later, a continuous two-person chase around a circle of bodies (a run becomes a leap, then hops…), and there is the meditatively sweet, post-modern series of court dances led by Oliver and Thomson who fiercely manipulate and maneuver two groups through a series of gestures. But that wasn’t all. Bodies touch bodies, shapes respond to shapes, eyes look into eyes, there are guttural sounds and fleeting hugs…and this is just a glimpse. O’Connor’s evening offers up more of these satisfying moments that can or cannot be one.
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I am a performer, historian, consultant and dance writer. I am a faculty member at Hunter College, Sarah Lawrence College (Guest), Empire State College's online program Center for Distance Learning. I am also a former faculty member of The Ailey School and the Alvin Ailey/Fordham University dance major program, Kean University and The Joffrey Ballet School's Jazz and Contemporary Trainee Program. I write on dance for The Amsterdam News, Dance Magazine and various publications. Click below to read more about me at my home page - "About Me."