Colin Connor is a choreographer whose over forty commissions span the worlds of contemporary, ballet and flamenco companies. Mr. Connor has had his work presented at numerous venues across the Americas and Europe, includingthe Momment’Homme Festival in Montreal, The Holland Festival in Den Hague, the Festival Internacional de Danza Contemporanea in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, and the Joyce Theater in New York. His Full Sail (In Praise of Storms) won Sarasota Ballet’s International Choreography Competition and he was also a winner of the Charleston Ballet Theatre’sFountainhead Choreography Competition. He was twice a guest choreographer at both The Yard and The Carlisle Project,and has been a resident artist at the Maggie Allisee National Center for Choreography.
Born in London, England, Mr. Connor began dancing in Canada He was a soloist with the Limon Dance Companyfor eight years, guest performed with several other companies, and toured extensively with his own work. As aneducator, Mr. Connor has been on the faculties of The Juilliard School, New York University (where he also worked as achoreographer and movement teacher for the Theater Departmentt’s Classical Studio,) and the City College of New York(where he was also Choreographer in Residence.) He has been a guest teacher at many of the finest training centers inthe world including The Place in London, the Rotterdamse Dansacademie, Jacob’s Pillow, Dresden’s Palucca Schule, the Joffrey Summer Workshop, The Dance Studio in Novosibirsk, Russia, and the Rubin Academy in Jerusalem. He has beenfull-time faculty at the California Institute of the Arts for ten years.
Mr. Connor has created works for such companies as Pennsylvania Dance Theater, Atlanta Ballet, Finland’s DamaruDance Company, Hartford Ballet, Pick of the Crop, LA’s American Repertory Dance Company, Dayton Ballet, theCarolyn Dorfman Dance Company, Ballet Pacifica, Risa Steinberg solos, Ballet Theatre of Maryland, the EisenhowerDance Ensemble, and the ABT Studio Company among others. He has created five works each for the Island MovingCompany and the Richmond Ballet, and three for the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theater. Most of these commissionshave been retained in the company’s repertory for subsequent seasons. He has had three works commissioned byThe Juilliard School and has also choreographed for numerous other training centers including the RotterdamseDansacademie, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, Boston Conservatory, and NYU/Tisch School of the Arts.His New York based Salvage Company performed for six years to enthusiastic critical and audience response, and hecurrently continues to develop work with the duet company Connor/Noble Dance.
Mr. Connor’s work focuses on drawing from a large range of influences, musical, literary, social and scientific, all used tobring attention back to the communicative power of the human body. He is particularly focused on momentum, in actionand in the way it is perceived, and on the possibility of tenderness in a violent world.
Major collaborations include Solea and the Winds, a radical Contemporary/Flamenco evening which toured to criticalacclaim for three years across Europe, Secondhand Sofa with bluegrass band The Biscuit Boys for the Piccolo SpoletoFestival, What The Waitress Saw, a deconstruction of a diner (with Emmy award winning theater designer, CharlesSchoonmaker) for the Boston Conservatory’s Copland Celebration with orchestra performing his Clarinet Concerto, andNear Ruins, a duet evening which prompted Jennifer Dunning to write in the New York Times: “It comes as something ofa relief these days to see movement treated as a sufficiently expressive medium.”
This spring, Mr. Connor created The Breath of Rivers for the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, and will beremounting Streets and Legends for Richmond Ballet. He is a core teacher at the Limon West Coast summer workshop,and continues to develop work with students at CalArts and at his annual Draftwork project.