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About the Grant

$25,000 to support RAMMED EARTH (MAP 2006), a new evening-length dance work by Tere O'Connor that will be created in a raw urban space on the verge of change in New York City.

About the Project

Tere O'Connor's new evening-length dance work, RAMMED EARTH (working title), will have an architectural focus and will be created in a raw urban space on the verge of change in New York City. The work will be created with an intentional superimposition of a proscenium 'frame' onto a non-theatrical urban space. This concept constitutes an elemental dramatic aspect of O'Connor's vision, where extreme artifice and raw human experience tiptoe
around each other.

The work will explore architecture as a fundamental, subliminal force intervening in the human narrative, braiding artistic exigencies, topical dramas and personal obsessions into a complex structure, in which performers and raw materials are set awhirl in the dynamic 'weather' of a dance. Some of the seemingly unrelated strains of thought co-mingled here include: the desire to move objects and humans in space; the absurd proliferation of material goods on earth; the secret life of objects and our entanglement with them; the deep impact that architecture has on the human being and on dance; and the ways in which memories are drained of potency over time. O'Connor is not trying to establish a central theme out of these, but rather to look at the structural and dramatic nature of their co-existence. For O'Connor, the work will be a requiem for the rapid destruction of individualized urban spaces being replaced, at an alarming rate, by the artless by-products of humankind's most unfortunate addiction, 'development.' RAMMED EARTH will be created on O'Connor's company of seven dancers, in collaboration with lighting/set designer Brian MacDevitt and composer James Baker, and in consultation with architect Illya Azaroff.


The perfromers are (L to R) Heather Olson, Christopher Williams and Matthew. Photo by Paula Court
The perfromers are (L to R) Heather Olson, Christopher Williams and Matthew. Photo by Paula Court

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