Born in London, England, Mr. Connor began dancing in Canada. He was a soloist with the Limon Dance Company for eight years, guest performed with several other companies, and toured extensively with his own work. His dancing prompted responses such as “wheels and pitches like a sun falling through the heavens” in the New York Times, and “achieving moments of great beauty and showing that intensity of movement which is characteristic of really fine dancers” in Spain’s El Pais. He has always been committed to the idea that dancers are creative artists and that dancing is the act of drawing from a large range of influences, musical, literary, social and scientific, to bring attention back to the visceral communicative power of the human body. As Mexico’s Uno Mas Uno said about Connor’s performing: “The dancer with force in his blood moves differently from the one who wears his nerves on the edge of the skin.”
Mr. Connor’s over fifty choreographic commissions span the worlds of contemporary, ballet and flamenco companies, and his works have been presented at numerous venues across the Americas and Europe, including the Momment’Homme Festival in Montreal (The Survivor,) The Holland Festival in Den Hague (Absence is Never Far,) the Festival Internacional de Danza Contemporanea in San Luis Potosi, Mexico (The Rosegarden,) and the Joyce Theater in New York (Vestiges and Streets and Legends.) His Full Sail - in praise of storms won Sarasota Ballet’s International Choreography Competition. He was also a winner of the Charleston Ballet Theatre’s Fountainhead Choreography Competition, has twice been a guest choreographer at both The Yard and The Carlisle Project, and was invited to be in residence at the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography for a creative process with the Limon Dance Company.
Commissions, creations and re-mountings of his work have been funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, Altria and the New York State Council on the Arts among other funding agencies. His work includes radical collaborations that mine aesthetic juxtapositions such as: Solea and the Winds, a Contemporary / Flamenco evening which toured for three years across Europe, and garnered wide acclaim such as “Succeeded in an impossible mission – Bravo!” in Dance Europe; Near Ruins, a duet evening work with the great American dancer Risa Steinberg, which prompted Jennifer Dunning to write in the New York Times: “It comes as something of a relief these days to see movement treated as a sufficiently expressive medium;” and Streets and Legends for Richmond Ballet, called “a witty and successful blend of the traditional and the contemporary” in Dance Magazine. Other collaborations include work with bluegrass band The Biscuit Boys, Emmy award winning theater designer, Charles Schoonmaker, and many other artists
Mr. Connor has mounted works for Pennsylvania Dance Theater, Atlanta Ballet, Finland’s Damaru Dance Company, Hartford Ballet, Pick of the Crop, LA’s American Repertory Dance Company, Dayton Ballet, the Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company, Ballet Pacifica, Risa Steinberg solos, Ballet Theatre of Maryland, the Eisenhower Dance Ensemble, the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theater and the ABT Studio Company among many others. Most of his commissions have been retained in repertories for subsequent seasons. He has created five works each for the Island Moving Company and the Richmond Ballet. The Juilliard School has commissioned three works, and he has also choreographed for numerous other important training centers including the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, the Rotterdamse Dansacademie, Boston Conservatory, and NYU/Tisch School of the Arts.
As an educator, Mr. Connor has been on the faculties of The Juilliard School, New York University (where he also worked as a choreographer and movement teacher for the Theater Department’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 in the world including the London School of Contemporary Dance, 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 been full-time faculty at the California Institute of the Arts for eleven years.