Opposing Forces: Solo Remix

2017

In OPPOSING FORCES: SOLO REMIX Amy O’Neal takes to the stage with her signature curiosity, vulnerability and force to reflect on, and re-examine, her most recent group work, Opposing Forces, developed in collaboration with a company of b-boys. Following its multi-city U.S tour, O’Neal remixes and recasts her original choreography, which confronted fears of the feminine in the hyper-masculine world of breaking, into a solo that navigates the complexities of physical, cultural and creative power.

Grand Performances, Los Angeles CA

Performed in No Side Now curated by Los Angeles Performance Practices.

 

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Amy O’Neal’s Opposing Forces: Solo Remix

This solo piece re-examines Amy O’Neal’s most recent group work, Opposing Forces, developed in collaboration with a company of b-boys.

After enjoying a multi-city U.S. tour, O’Neal altered her original choreography. It went through an evolution toward self-mastery. The piece originally confronted fears of the feminine in the masculine world of break dance via a solo that travels through the complexities of physical, cultural and creative power.

O’Neal hit the stage all in black and her face covered with a hoody. She stayed close to the ground for much of the performance. The screen behind her illuminated the dark stage with two rays of light forming an “X” and then, purple haze with soft pink in the center.

With mind-blowing skill, O’Neal captured the full gamut of dance. She moved seamlessly between balletic effervescence and technical jazz — Broadway hallmarks. She even presented a subtle encapsulation of post-modern and flowed right into isolation, hip-hop and breaking.

Her movements coupled with her black clothing made O’Neal serpentine — a black cord of energy traversing different landscapes.- Malina P