Holiday Arts Guide: Philosopher King

Choreographer Tere O'Connor lets it Bleed at BAM

O'Connor choreographs in complete silence, "because I think I'm also making music," then works with Baker, principal percussionist of the City Ballet orchestra and also a conductor, on the score. "We adhere to the rhythms or not, adding an atmospheric tone. We shift in and out of real-time applications of sound, as opposed to managed sound." The spectator is "left with a sensation rather than a rhythm."

O'Connor says he's after "a much deeper wrangling with consciousness and the poetics of dance . . . I hope I make work porous enough to absorb the projections of the audience into it, even the kind of reverie you go into during a dance, a drift relative to what you're seeing. The spacing out is part of it."

Bleed

Members of the Bleed cast at rehearsal
Celeste Sloman
Members of the Bleed cast at rehearsal
O'Connor: using the ephemeral as a tool
Celeste Sloman
O'Connor: using the ephemeral as a tool

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Tere O'Connor DanceBAM Fisher321 Ashland Place, Brooklyn718-636-4100, BAM.orgDecember 11–14, $20

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