Breaking Point: Amy O’Neal pushes gender boundaries at TBA

September 16, 2015

Willamette Week
Kaitie Todd

Preview for Opposing Forces at PICA’s TBA Festival.


Amy O’Neal’s Opposing Forces Documentary at San Souci Festival

August 19, 2015

The Opposing Forces Documentary will screen at the San Souci Festival in Boulder, Colorado, September 25.

San Souci at Atlas

Friday, September 25 | 7:00 PM
Atlas Center for the Arts, Media and Performance
University of Colorado
1125 18th St., Boulder, CO 80309

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Opposing Forces at PICA TBA: 15

August 13, 2015

SEPTEMBER 17 – 19 | 8:30 PM
The Works at The Redd
831 SE Salmon St | Portland, OR

Portland Institute of Contemporary Art’s annual Time-Based Art Festival draws artists from across the country and around the globe for a convergence of contemporary performance and visual art. Opposing Forces is part of the TBA Festival Flight: Identity & The Body, which reflects a range of artists from diverse disciplines who work across dance/choreography and interdisciplinary performance to engage the embodied politics and poetics of race, ethnicity, gender, and their intersections.

TBA Conversation: Amy O’Neal and Collaborators with Marc Bamuthi Joseph
SEPTEMBER 17 | 12:30PM

Portland Institute of
Contemporary Art
415 SW 10th Ave Suite 300
Portland, OR

In conversation with renowned artist, curator, and educator Marc Bamuthi Joseph (Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco), Amy O’Neal and dancers discuss Opposing Forces through the lenses of gender, race, hip hop and aesthetic experiments with Breaking. Bring lunch and join Amy and crew on PICA’s rooftop for cold drinks, fresh air and great company!

History and Basics of Breaking Workshop with Fever One
Studio 2 810 SE Belmont St
Portland, OR

Born from Bronx street gang culture in the 1970’s, Breaking became a worldwide dance style by the ’80’s. Fever One of NYC’s legendary Rocksteady Crew has lectured on Hip Hop culture and taught Breaking around the world, including top universities. Wear comfortable clothes and be ready to explore hip hop history as well as Breaking basics.



Catch Ya on the Flipside!

August 13, 2015

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Opposing Forces Documentary Part 1 Premiere at International Screendance Festival

August 13, 2015

Now in its 20th year the International Screendance Festival is directed and curated by Emmy-nominated filmmaker Douglas Rosenberg and explores the ever evolving relationship between cinema and dance. The ISF has screened over 340 films from over 20 countries. This year Amy O’Neal and Kyle Seago’s Opposing Forces Documentary: Part 1 premiered at The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University on July 5.

Amy O’Neal Guest Artist at Mills College this Fall

August 13, 2015

Amy O is excited to announce that she has accepted a Guest Artist position at Mills College in Oakland, CA for the Fall semester. She will be teaching daily Contemporary Technique classes, setting a new work on Mills Repertory Company, and teaching a Street Dance course. In an effort to deepen the knowledge of the history and evolution of the stylistic and cultural diversity in what the mainstream calls Hip Hop dance, Amy will collaborate with local Bay Area innovators of popping, locking, breaking, waaking, house and hip hop styles to facilitate a dialogue with Mills students. As an artist who is deeply connected to both contemporary dance and street dance culture, Amy is thrilled to be in a position where her vast experience can help evolve the way these dance forms are approached in an academic setting.

I Told You So: The Dance Cartel Show at Velocity was Unbelievably Good

March 11, 2015

The Stranger
Melody Datz Hansen

“On Friday night, The Dance Cartel was joined by local choreographer Amy O’Neal and comedian/musician/hair legend Reggie Watts. Watts beat-boxed and sang as O’Neal moved around the dance floor in a series of B-boy steps, balletic leg extensions, and mesmerizing rhythm. As her solo drew to a close, O’Neal licked her fingers, pointed them like a pistol and then blew it out in perfect time with the end of Reggie’s song.”



Opposing Forces Documentary Part 1

February 26, 2015

Tiny Rage & Seago Entertainment Present:

Opposing Forces Documentary

Part 1: A behind the scenes look at the creation of an original dance performance featuring 5 Male B-Boys led by 1 Female Choreographer/Director following them from their first rehearsal to the performance premiere.

Part 2: (In Development) Kyle Seago will follow the Opposing Forces crew throughout the 2016 – 17 tour documenting the continued evolution of the work. By focusing on community conversations and audience impressions we will capture a national dialogue about gender roles and cultural ownership.

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Produced By: Amy O’Neal & Stefanie Karlin

Shot & Edited By: Kyle Seago

Concept Choreography + Direction for Opposing Forces: Amy O’NealOF_1142 by Bruce Clayton Tom

Movement Collaborators, Performers & Fellow Schemers: Alfredo “Free” Vergara, Brysen “Just Be” Angeles, Michael O’Neal Jr., Moses Lateef Saleem, Fever One

Original Music: Waylon Dungan aka DJ WD4D

Stage Art: Ben Zamora

Lighting Design: Amiya Brown

Styling By: Wazhma Samizay & Daniel Helman of Bobojan

Management: Stefanie Karlin & SQUID MGMT

Additional Music:
“Tattoo (KID SMPL REMIX)” Jusmoni, courtesy Care Package Music
“Fjords” Treasureseason
“Land on the Golden Gate” Chris Zabriskie
“Window” Hood Virtual, courtesy Interscape Records LTD.

Rehearsal Footage shot at On the Boards, Seattle and Velocity Dance Center Seattle.

Battle Footage from: Revival of the Illest 2014, Seattle, WA


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Opposing Forces was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment of the Arts.

In addition, Opposing Forces was made possible by support from On the Boards through their Dance Production Program, National Performance Network commissioning funds, James W. Ray Venture Project Award through Artist Trust, 4Culture, with generous support from Case Van Rij.

Dancing & Music Spectacular: Opposing Forces at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts

February 04, 2015

OC Mom Blog
Tonya Goodbrand

“Always powerful, they knew when to push and when to hold back with each piece. The movement was strong and expressive, even when they were exploring the “soft” side of the hip-hop world.”


Curtain Up: Off Center is Right On at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

February 04, 2015

Newport Beach Indy
Christoper Trela & Catherine Del Casale

“an unusual blend of breakdancing, live beats and hip hop, with touches of modern dance  and even mime thrown into the mix.”