To a packed house at NYLA, Tere O'Connor Dance presented two new works Secret Mary (a collaborative work with the dancers) and poem (all O'Connor). This evening, noted the press release "...constitutes the first two works of a multi-venue project that will collapse three finished dances into a fourth, culminating work in 2013." The release goes on to talk about how these works represent O'Connor's "...affinity for developing distinctly unrelated strains of material and placing them into complex relational networks." Ok, I get that. In Secret Mary (Tess Dworman, devynn emory, Ryan Kelly and Mary Read) seemed more about being apart that making relational networks. Yes, there were some strains of connections, ellusive pairings here and there, and yes, they were absolutely committed to the loose, undefined, whispy movement, but it was truly difficult to stay with them; to truly be pulled into their world. Without an intermission, O'Connor bridges the two works with a truly smooth and interesting transition from one work to the other with dancers interacting via smiliar movement, or passing through similar places in space. That was nice. poem followed, performed by Natalie Green, Heather, Olson, Michael Ingle, Oisin Monaghan and Silas Riener, was a bit more believeable, if you will. Ahhh, maybe it was yet another description from the press release that helped understand that one. It reads, "...O'Connor re-examins his career long obsession with artifice and formal structures in dance." Maybe that is what I was looking for, more structured dancing. This was a delightful piece.
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