Mike O'Connor


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Founded in 2006, a waiting dog, is the creating company behind Michael O’Connor and has produced a waiting dog dies, The PArk, Only, You are the subject of my seeing, NEWS, A General Theory of Love and most recently in 2013, TERTIARY.

Michael O’Connor received his BFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah in 2005. During his education, Michael opened doors at the University for artistic research and experimental choreography, receiving assistantships and grants to present work at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research twice. After graduation and before moving to Vienna, he choreographed an evening length piece in Salt Lake City entitled Only which was supported by NEA grants.

Michael has worked with Cie. Willi Dorner from 2003-2010. He spent years travelling with Bodies in Urban Spaces helping to plan the trail, create body sculptures, perform and lead this renowned work in over 30 cities. Over the years he has had the opportunity to teach in Berlin, London, Bruxelles and two residencies at Arizona State University, as Guest Artist Faculty.

Michael is the Vienna branch facilitator for the Field organization based in NYC, which through TanzQuarteir Wien (TQW) gives artists a place to show work and receive feedback. He was listed in the 2008 BalletTanz magazine as the ‘dancer to watch’ in Vienna for his own choreography and performance in his piece entitled 'a waiting dog dies.'

In 2010, Michael received a Turbo Residency scholarship at ImpulsTanz where he continued his research of his drag persona, Jai Jai Sincere. Jai Jai Sincere made her contemporary debut at ImpulsTanz 2011 where she performed an adaptation of Deborah Hay’s 'NEWS'.

In 2011 Michael premiered his new work 'You are the subject of my Seeing' at TQW. Michael also had a residency at The Place in London as a Carte Blanche participant of the ModulDance program. He has also worked with Alain Buffard, Paul Wenninger and Barbara Kraus and Georg Blaschke in Vienna.

Most recently, he has premiered the duet ' A General Theory of Love' with Brandon Gonzalez and Inertia DeWitt on vocals. His current interest is the study of neuroscience and how through empathy and love, we can literally be moved. He taught 'technologies of love' at ImpulsTanz in 2012 with Corinne Jola. His piece Tertiary was selected for the prix d'jardin competition in the 8:tension series of Impulstanz in 2014.

From 2013-2015 Michael was a master's student in choreography in the Amsterdam program, AMCh. His work focused on the cognitive science of metaphor and its relation to love and empathy.

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