In addition to being a world-renowned choreographer, Tere O’Connor is also a teacher: he is the Center for Advanced Studies Professor of Dance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Learn more about his company, Tere O’Connor Dance; his teaching; and more about his recent projects, including a behind-the-scenes blog written by dance scholar Jenn Joy.

Long Run (2017) pushes the emotional content of O’Connor’s movement to new physical extremes, allowing time-based elements like polyrhythms, velocity and duration to become major forces in the work, overtaking the eight performers as they struggle to bring their bodies into a state of calm.

Read more about the production in Rashaun Mitchell‘s Indefinite Article, written exclusively for NYU Skirball.

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There is a concurrently running, but unrelated, show at the Museum of Modern Art that is also titled The Long Run [Nov 11, 2017-Nov 4, 2018]. It takes up some of the concerns O’Connor expresses in Long Run, and through his dense decades of work.

Innovation in art is often characterized as a singular event—a bolt of lightning that strikes once and forever changes what follows. The Long Run provides an alternate view: by chronicling the continued experimentation of artists long after their breakthrough moments, it suggests that invention results from sustained critical thinking, persistent observation, and countless hours in the studio.

Artists include Lee Bontecou, Louise Bourgeois, Melvin Edwards, Gego, Philip Guston, David Hammons, Joan Jonas, Ellsworth Kelly, Helen Levitt, Joan Mitchell, Elizabeth Murray, Georgia O’Keeffe, Frank Stella, and others.

Lee Bontecou. Untitled. 1980–98
Lee Bontecou. Untitled. 1980–98
Joan Mitchell. No Rain. 1976.
Joan Mitchell. No Rain. 1976.
Vija Celmins. Untitled #2. 2016.
Vija Celmins. Untitled #2. 2016.