Art Omi: Dance, 2020 Residents
Michael O’Connor, Guest Mentor 2020, Alumnus 2016 (USA/AT/NL)
Michael O'Connor is currently pursuing a PhD in artistic research at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. Working at the intersection of cognitive science and movement, his artistic work attempts to recreate and articulate some of the basic building blocks of human perception as performative tools. He is a somatic practitioner and a Fieldwork facilitator. He currently finishes a research fellowship with THIRD, part of Amsterdam University of the Arts DAS Graduate School, where he also obtained his Masters in Choreography in 2015. After completing his BFA from the University of Utah, he found his way to Europe by teaching hip-hop to youth in Polish industrial towns and now over 15 years later is theorizing movement forms alongside cognitive linguists. In recent years his work has been shown at the Venice Biennale, Detroit Film Festival, DansMakers Amsterdam, and ImpulsTanz Vienna. Additionally, he has spoken about his choreographic research at metaphor, dance data and neuroscience conferences. He has taught creative practice to bachelor and masters students at SNDO, Fontys, The Danish National School of Performing Arts, SEAD, HfMDK Frankfurt, San Diego SU and twice been the guest artist at Arizona State University. In 2008 he was listed in BalletTanz Magazine as the ‘young dancer to watch’ for his debut solo work a waiting dog dies. His work Tertiary was nominated for the Prize d’Jardin at ImpulsTanz. He has also performed a Deborah Hay solo in drag, improvised with David Zambrano and was previously with cie. Willi Dorner, helping to create the site-specific work Bodies in Urban Spaces. He also uses his practice outside of theatre for activities at queer festivals, movement exercises at co-working spaces, and while dancing to techno in clubs.