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Philadephia's FringeArts to present Tere O'Connor's BLEED

by Michelle Tabnick
March 21, 2014
140 N. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Philadephia's FringeArts will bring acclaimed choreographer Tere O'Connor and his eponymous contemporary dance company to Philadelphia to present BLEED (March 27-29), an introspective and challenging work that explores memory and identity through the ephemeral language of dance. To purchase tickets or for hotel information, call 215-413-1318 or visit fringearts.com.

Of its triumphant world premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in December 2013, The New York Times called BLEED an "uncompromising investigation of choreography as a mirror of human consciousness" in which dancers, ideas and approaches are blended together to form a new choreographic language at the threshold between process and product, craft and coincidence."

The culmination of a two-year creation project, the eclectic BLEED mixes diverse movement styles as well as performers. Collapsing three of O'Connor's previous works into one, the work creates an experience that at once conveys multiplicity and singularity. "Ghosts of the other dances resonate through the new work and shape its form," says O'Connor, "but they are subterranean and exert their pressure on this new construction from the caves of memory."

FringeArts is the leading presenter of contemporary performing arts in Philadelphia. FringeArts is located within walking distance of the Liberty Bell, in a newly renovated 1903 Delaware River waterfront performance space at 140 N. Columbus Blvd, at Race Street, in Old City, Philadelphia, PA.


FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Blvd. at Race Street, Philadelphia
To purchase tickets or for hotel information, call 215-413-1318 or visit fringearts.com.

BLEED, Tere O'Connor Dance
Thursday, March 27, 7 p.m.
Friday, March 28, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 29, 7 p.m.
$29; Running Time: 60 minutes


Tere O'Connor has been making dances for 30 years, creating more than 36 works for his company, and 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, 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 Bessie Awards—one for Heaven Up North in 1988, another in 1999 for sustained achievement, and the third in 2005 for Frozen Mommy. His work has been supported over the years by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, NEFA/National Dance Project, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the MAP Fund, Jerome Foundation, Altria Group, Inc., the Harkness Foundation for Dance, and the Mid Atlantic Fund for US Artists.

O'Connor was the 2013 chair of the Chime Without Borders mentorship program initiated by the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company in San Francisco. A much sought-after teacher, he has taught extensively at universities and festivals around the world. He is currently a Center For Advanced Studies professor in dance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; he received a faculty award for excellence in research from the College of Fine and Applied Arts in the spring of 2013. For more information, visit tereoconnor.org.


FringeArts supports artists and brings the world's newest and most cutting-edge cultural experiences to Philadelphia, amplifying the vibrancy of the city as a renowned cultural center and an unparalleled place to live, work and visit. Founded in 1997 and formerly known as the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe, the organization serves local, national and international artists of all disciplines and levels of achievement through an annual 18-day Festival along with a year-round series of high-quality contemporary dance, theater and music performances; commissioned public art installations; and a residency program that continues to expand and grow as a state-of-the-art incubator for artists. In 2013, FringeArts opened the doors to its brand-new waterfront headquarters in Old City Philadelphia.

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Canary Promotion | 215-690-4065 | Carolyn Huckabay, carolyn@canarypromo.com
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