Exercises for the unrested: the kingmaker – October 9th, 2015 Velocity Dance Center – Seattle, WA
A STUNNER OF A DANCER IN A STUNNER OF A PIECE – Review by Michael Upchurch of the Seattle Times
Anna Conner first registered on my radar in July with her piece, “Pigeon,” performed at Velocity Dance Center’s summer showcase, “Strictly Seattle.” It showed great flair for creating curious carvings of space and contrasts of speed onstage, involving continually changing sets and subsets of dancers.
But “Pigeon” didn’t prepare me for the hypnotic endorphin rush of her new work in Velocity’s “Made in Seattle.” full review
Exercises for the unrested: the kingmaker (excerpt) -September 25th 2015 Velocity Dance Center
VELOCITY’S SEASON IS ALIVE AND KICKING – Review by Seattle Dances
“Conner’s choreography is both restless and relentless, constantly pushing for something more from the dancers, the audience, even the very stage itself.” full review
Pigeon. – July 24th – 25th, 2015 Velocity Dance Center – Seattle, WA
Strictly Seattle dance showcase is satisfying, surprising- Review by The Seattle Times Michael Upchurch
“combines vibrant, edgy choreography with a Who-the-Heck-Is-That moment. Conner has a knack for using sets and subsets of bodies to create curious carvings and contrasts of space onstage. Her movement encompasses everything from omnidirectional torso ripples to pigeon-like head bobs.” full review
Fresh Talent on the Rise at Strictly Seattle– Review by Seattle Dances
“The clear standout of the evening was Anna Conner’s Pigeon., performed by a dedicated cast of Intermediate students, and receiving a standing ovation…Conner’s dancers executed her signature low lunges and lengthy grand pliés with gusto, accompanied by a driving bass line from Black Dice. Conner seamlessly integrated longer movement phrases with gesture series including patterns of pecking heads and flying arms, climaxing in an ambitious finale of persistent head banging”.
Surrounded and Static – December 12th -14th, 2014 Velocity Dance Center- Seattle, WA
Humor and Horror at Next Fest NW– Review by Seattle Dances “The stunning dancers successfully communicated through Conner’s combination of pedestrian movements, abstracted gestures, and technical choreography. This combination proved especially powerful when excruciatingly loud static filled the room”. full review
In Parts – September 7, 2014 Velocity Dance Center- Seattle, WA
Velocity FKO Teases and Pleases- Review by Seattle Dances “Defying a common trap of variety shows, choreographers took the time to begin slowly and put the viewer in their world before ramping up the dynamics to end with a bang. Anna Conner’s In Parts explored the relationship between Conner’s petite, powerhouse physicality and Micaela Taylor’s statuesque extensions and fluidity. Peppering the duet with stops, starts, and rapid-fire explosions, Conner and Taylor embodied two pistons working concurrently in a machine’s hydraulics system”.full review
LUNA– July 10th-12th,2014 Conduit Dance- Portland, OR
Dance+: The more we dance together… – Dance Review by Oregon Arts Watch “…very high energy, rough-and-tumble, toughly erotic choreography with great skill, including the most complex unison dancing and partnering of the evening”. full review
Hidden Power – Dance Review by Horizon Times “I begin to feel my heart stirring. The music is so moving and the choreography is beautiful. Three women creating so many different dynamics in such a short time”.
“Charged with displays of power and control, dependency, erotic yearnings and intense vulnerability. Somehow there is an innocence that feels fully supportive”. full review
Live Review: Conduit Dance, Dance+ (Program 1) – Dance Review by Willamette Week “The most powerful moments come from Anna Conner and her company out of Seattle. Their piece, Luna, contains the most straightforward dancing of the program. Three dancers, Conner included, perform a Darwinian ballet…this one tells a story, and the dancers tell it with emotion written on their faces and in their bodies. Their movement is strong, too: quick, dynamic and totally synchronized”. full review
Conduit’s Dance+ Festival, Midway Review – Dance Review by Portland Mercury “This piece is totally lovely and stunning. The three women (Anna Conner, Julia Cross, and Autumn Tselios) are decked out in white underwear that reaches their belly buttons, as well as long-sleeved, translucent lacy tops, with their hair tucked up in braids. The movements are balletic, more so than in any of the other pieces. The ladies move together in unison; they gently brush their hands along one another and brush past each other. At other times they seem to be violent towards one another—a little brutally; sometimes the movements are eerie, sometimes they’re sensuous. The tension is alive, and the movement itself is fluid and wonderful”. full review
Luna Premiere– March 21 – 23, 2014, Velocity Dance Center- Seattle, WA
LUNA STUDIES THE HUMAN SOUL Dance Review by SEATTLE DANCES- “Performance art and dance installations rarely provide an opportunity for the audience to add their own experiences to the work, but the environments that Conner conjured did. She created inclusive, relatable worlds that spoke to the human soul, no matter where that soul came from or what it had gone through”.
“Most of the images Conner conjured in her installations exuded purity and fragility. Her chosen materials—white paper, white balloons, flowers, and pastel-colored tissue paper—could all be easily destroyed or soiled. Yet during the dance, that delicacy was juxtaposed with whiffs of cruelty and ruthlessness. In a powerful moment, Cross and Tselios lowered Conner to the ground and proceeded to step all over her. Another vivid motif appeared when one dancer knelt, arching her back while another hovered over her. They kissed and continued to dance a tender duet. Or a vicious one.” full review
THE RISE OF LUNA – Dance Preview by SEATTLE DANCES-“The devil is in the details, so they say. Anna Conner, the choreographer and Artistic Director of Anna Conner + CO, has the details down. Conner has been developing the particulars of her latest project, LUNA, for over a year and a half, treating Seattle audiences to various movement studies of the work throughout the process. Though she’s certainly adept at constructing intricate choreography, what sets Conner’s work apart is the attention she pays to the environment in which she frames the movement”. full preview
Colony-Jan 31- Feb 2, 2014 The Bridge Project, Velocity Dance Center- Seattle, WA
Dance review by SEATTLE DANCES– “Their stillness had a waiting awareness to it, and their slow motion movement held tension and suspense”. full review
Excerpt from Luna– November 24-25, 2013 12 Minutes Max, On the Boards- Seattle, WA
Dance review by SEATTLE DANCES– “punishingly difficult, movements are repeated over and over; one of the strengths of Conner’s work is that she keeps the repetition going long enough that it goes from predictable to suspenseful, as one wonders how long they will go, and what will happen next”.
“Much of the dance is in unison, whether slow and intense, or wildly frenetic, and the dancers’ unity speaks not only to many hours in the rehearsal studio, but also impressive sensitivity and community feeling on the part of each individual”.
“The piece gives one interesting things to contemplate about femininity, strength, endurance, and relationships”.
A Nest– May 31, 2013 Pacific Dance Makers Festival, BodyVox Dance Center- Portland, OR
Dance review by THE PORTLAND MERCURY – “Anna Conner’s “Nest,” of my favorites, focuses on two women (Anna Conner and Julia Cross). In undergarments, the two dancers keep an intense squat. Gyrating, it starts out sexual but the motion is so repetitious it crosses over to the grotesque and eerie”.
A Nest– March 22-23, 2013 Boost Dance Festival, The Balagan Theater- Seattle, WA
Dance review by CRITICAL DANCE – “A fierce dance indeed”. Full review Dance review by SEATTLE DANCES – “Luna stood out for its tight dancing and no-nonsense intensity. The trio looked well rehearsed, intuiting their timing from one another. An abstract piece, it created its own unapologetic world and hypnotically revealed it to the viewer. Its overall impact lay in its unison, strength, and energy that pulsed from the stage, as well as an interesting progression from hypnotic to presentational to aggressive”. Full review
Luna– December 2-3, 2012 12 Minutes Max WA Hall, Seattle
Dance review by SEATTLE DANCES -“The skilled cast displayed virtuosity inside the kaleidoscopic piece, kicking sky-high and tackling very fast and precise material. Conner is ambitious with the amount of exactitude her movement requires, the kind of detail-oriented choreography that demands hours of rehearsal time just to make sure ever line, angle, and rhythm are the same between dancers”. Full review
Alex and mimi– Part of Annual Big Bang at Velocity Dance Center 2011
Dance Review by SEATTLE DANCES-“Far more sinister was ZETTEI domenech dance’s offering of Mimi. Three performers, scantily clad in low-cut leotards, with long, blond ponytails and fishnets covering their faces, moved with languorous intensity in a cage of plastic wrap.” Full review
Michael Upchurch, The Seattle Times “ . . . we should count ourselves lucky as a dance town.” Robin Held, Deputy Director Frye Art Museum, facebook “What a great Velocity weekend! Every nook and cranny of the building was filled with talent, spilling on to the street! Thank you for an amazing “tasting menu” of Seattle’s best!” Mariko Nagashima, Seattledances “Velocity and its numerous collaborators showed that Seattle is abundant with dance artists and poised to make this a memorable and innovative season. . . Full of surprises, the BIG BANG was a true dance extravaganza, and a fine feast to behold.”
Beautiful Recluse– May 27-28, 2011 The Erickson Theater- Seattle, WA
Dance Review by SEATTLE DANCES – “lucky attendees got to watch a dream cast of Cornish students and recent graduates give two technically demanding, emotionally riveting performances”. SEATTLE DANCES names Anna Conner as “Top 11 in ’11: Remarkable Companies, Individuals”. Full review