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Michael O'Connor (AT/US)

Michael O’Connor is a choreographer, dancer, improviser and teacher living in Vienna since 2007. He holds a BFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah. Michael was listed in the 2008 BalletTanz Magazine as the ‚young dancer to watch‘ for his choreographic solo debut "a waiting dog dies". He was a long time company member with cie. Willi Dorner from 2003-2010, performing in a variety of stage works and setting the piece "Bodies in Urban Spaces" in over 30 cities. Michael’s adaptation of Deborah Hay’s "NEWS" was premiered at ImPulsTanz in 2011 under the guise of his drag persona Jai Jai Sincere. His other works have been presented at Tanzquartier Wien (TQW), WUK, BRUT and Burgenland Tanztage. He has also worked with David Zambrano, Alain Buffard, Paul Wenninger and Georg Blaschke. Michael is the Vienna branch facilitator at TQW for the Field Method, an organisation based in NYC, which gives artists a place to show work and receive feedback. The past year he has taught creative practice at SNDO, and has previously taught as guest faculty at Arizona State University, SEAD and festivals such as Dance- Umbrella, Philly Live Arts and Tanz in August among others. In 2012, Michael taught with neuroscientist Corinne Jola the workshop Technologies of Love at ImPulsTanz. During his education, Michael opened doors at the University for dance research, being the first student to receive paid assistantships for creative research and presented twice at the USA National Conference of Undergraduate Research. Currently he is an MA Choreography candidate student at Amsterdam School of the Arts with a focus on looking at movement and interacting bodies through the field of cognitive science. He has been invited to present his research at TQW at the Intersection of Arts and Science, Festival of Art as Research in Germany and most recently his paper Love is an Action at the Center for Dance Research in Coventry, UK.

Last update biography: 29.01.2015


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