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In Performance: Tere O’Connor Dance – Cover Boy (NYC)

Tere O’Connor Dance
Cover Boy
Dec 8-11, Dec 13, Dec 15, 2011
General Admission: $18 ($12 members)

Danspace Project
St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery
131 East 10th Street (at Second Ave)

In this new evening-length work, Tere O’Connor uses the body as a site for transformation. Part expression, part exorcism, and part political observation, Cover Boy processes multiple layers of the closeted gay experience into an organically complex dance; a choreographic essay on the socially charged nature of “otherness.” Cover Boy is performed by Michael Ingle, Niall Jones, Paul Monaghan, and Matthew Rogers. The work includes an original score by O’Connor’s longtime collaborator, composer James Baker, with set design by Aptum Architecture (Roger Hubeli and Julie Larsen) and costume design by FACADE/FASAD.

Presented as part of Danspace Project’s 2011-12 Commissioning Initiative, Cover Boy is made possible, in part, with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Additional support has been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, the Vapnek Family Fund, and the University of Illinois Research Board. Cover Boy was created in residence at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, Mt. Tremper Arts Festival, and through LMCC’s Residency Program at Governors Island.

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Caden Manson is a director, media artist, and teacher. He is co-founder of the media ensemble and network, blog, and publisher, He has co-created, directed, video- and set designed 18 Big Art Group productions. Manson has shown video installations in Austria, Germany, NYC, and Portland; performed PAIN KILLER in Berlin, Singapore and Vietnam; Taught in Berlin, Rome, Paris, Montreal, NYC, and Bern; the ensemble has been co-produced by the Vienna Festival, Festival d’Automne a Paris, Hebbel Am Ufer, Rome’s La Vie de Festival, PS122, and Wexner Center for The Arts. Caden is a 2001 Foundation For Contemporary Art Fellow, is a 2002 Pew Fellow and a 2011 MacDowell Fellow. Writing has been published in PAJ, Theater Magazine, and Theater der Zeit. Caden is currently an associate professor and graduate directing option coordinator of The John Wells Directing Program at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama.

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