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Tere O’Connor’s BLEED at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Garners Acclaim
Tere O’Connor—a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award winner and a professor with Dance at Illinois—debuted his new work BLEED at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on December 11 during the 2013 New Wave Festival. Brian Seibert of the New York Times lauds it as a “masterly work” that encompasses everything, and yet “each moment is strikingly singular.” Apollinaire Scherr of the Financial Times praises O’Connor’s remarkable creativity that “makes every other choreographer seem like a laggard, parcelling out their stingy few steps like Scrooge.” Devised from three dances choreographed over a two-year period, BLEED incorporates the essence of those earlier works through the bodies and memories of the performers. All 11—including Cynthia Oliver of Dance at Illinois—participate in the collective motion of the dance and weave ordinary gestures, classical ballet, dramatic scenes, and ritual into sequences of events. Never ending but always continuing, the work is left to the audience to complete.
Senior Noël Wan Earns Second Place in International Harp Competition
Noël Wan, the 2010 winner of the Dutch Harp Competition and a semifinalist and Special Award winner at the 18th International Harp Contest in Israel this past summer, placed second at the Nippon Harp Competition held in Japan. Established in 1989, the contest is for harpists under 35 years of age and this year included performers from five countries. Wan is a senior in the School of Music, is a James Scholar, and studies with Ann Yeung.
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