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Lucy, Bebe, Tere and Laurie: In Conversation

Lucy Guerin, Bebe Miller, Tere O’Connor, Laurie Uprichard

28 June 2022


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Local dance luminary, Lucy Guerin moved to New York in 1989 and for seven years danced with Tere O’Connor Dance, and Bebe Miller Company whilst also beginning to create her first choreographic works.

To celebrate the fifth Keir Choreographic Award, KCA Jury Member Laurie Uprichard — also a producer, curator and programmer in New York at the time — invites a conversation with Lucy, Tere and Bebe to reflect on the transition from dancing to choreography.

Three prominent and celebrated international choreographers share their history, influences, and enduring embodied relationships to investigate the kinds of chemistry needed for successful collaborations between creators and performers.

Lucy, Bebe, Tere and Laurie is part of the KCA public program’s free talks and is presented by Dancehouse.


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Laurie Uprichard was named Executive Artistic Director of Firkin Crane in Cork, Ireland in September 2021 and was previously Director & Curator of Performing Arts at the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans. She has also worked with Stephen Petronio Company, Tere O’Connor Dance, and Quaternaire, a production and tour management agency based in Paris, France. She founded and curated the Travelogues Series at Abrons Arts Center in 2015-16, and worked with The Joyce Theater. Laurie served as Director of the Dublin Dance Festival from 2007-2011, overseeing its transition to an annual event and expanding its international visibility, audience outreach, and support of the local dance community. From 1992-2007, she was Executive Director of Danspace Project in New York City, a period of significant growth for this venue based in the historic St. Mark’s Church. She worked with Urban Bush Women from 1991-96 and, from 1984-1991, was associated with Dance Theater Workshop. Laurie Uprichard was a member of the Board of Directors of Danspace Project from 2007-2016; has twice served on the Board of Dance/USA, chairing its Presenters Council from 2002-2004; and has served as a board member of Movement Research. She is a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters in the French Ministry of Culture, and has received a New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Angel Award (2019) and a 2008 Bessie for her service to the field. She has also been honored by Movement Research, Danspace Project, and La MaMa E.T.C. Laurie holds an M.B.A. from The American University.

The Keir Choreographic Award is a partnership between Dancehouse, The Keir Foundation and the Australia Council for the Arts, with presenting partner Carriageworks.

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