Amy O'Neal | Photo: Gabriel Bienczycki

Amy O'Neal | Photo: Gabriel Bienczycki


Opposing Forces
On Tour 2015 - 2016 with NDP Support
Available for additional touring

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Opposing Forces utilizes tropes of contemporary performance to expose fears around feminine qualities in our culture through the hyper masculine dance style of Breaking. With curiosity, vulnerability, and power five world-class B-Boys uncover binary perceptions of gender using a diverse range of dance contexts: battling, commercial dance and cyphering, all set inside a futuristic geometric landscape. Featuring Fever One of Rocksteady Crew, Brysen "Just Be" Angeles of Massive Monkees, Michael O'Neal Jr. of Beat Hippoes/CHPT1 and Alfredo "Free" Vergara and MozesLateef Sa'Leem of Circle of Fire/Soul Shifters.

"O'Neal synthesizes complex themes with cohesive, penetrative aesthetic. Her latest work transcends disciplines and boundaries. It is a bridge between worlds, a translator for opposing points of view, a force for good." - Leah Baltus, City Arts Magazine

Future tour stops include Maui Arts & Culture Center, University of Hawaii, Kahilu Theatre, Spoleto Festival and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. 

Outreach Opportunities Include: 
History & Basics of Breaking: A Dance Class
The History of Hip Hop: A Lecture
Opposing Forces Documentary Part 1 Screening

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.


Amy O’Neal is a dancer, performer, choreographer and dance educator based in Seattle, WA. For the last 15 years, she has taught and performed throughout the US, Japan and Mexico and choreographed for stage, commercials, rock shows, galleries, dance films and music videos. Her work is an amalgam of her diverse movement and life experiences presenting social commentary with dark humor and heavy beats. She is the recipient of many grants including awards form Creative Capital, National Performance Network, National Dance Project, Mid Atlantic Arts, and the James W. Ray Project Venture Award. Amy has been an Artist-in-Residence at Bates Dance Festival, Headlands Center for the Arts, The US/Japan Choreographer’s Exchange, and Velocity Dance Center. She is a two-time Artist Trust Fellow, a DanceWEB Scholar, two-time Genius Stranger Awards nominee.

Lateef Saleem | Photo: Doug Gifford

Lateef Saleem | Photo: Doug Gifford