Amy O'Neal Receives NEFA's National Dance Project Grant for Opposing Forces

(Seattle, WA) Amy O’Neal is among 18 dance artists from across the United States selected to receive National Dance Project Support to fund O’Neal’s newest work, Opposing Forces. This three-part grant offers support for production, as well as touring of the work with additional funding provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation allocated to cover general operating support. With this support, Squid MGMT plans on bringing Amy O’Neal to the forefront of the inter/national contemporary dance scene.

“We are so pleased to be able to offer this comprehensive package of support to artists and to increase the amount of funding this year that goes towards creating new works,” said NDP program manager Sara Nash. “Thanks to the steadfast support of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, audiences around the country will continue to engage with imaginative new dance works.”

Amy O’Neal’s explosive choreography, sampling contemporary and urban dance styles, will debut at On the Boards, Seattle, October 23rd – 26th. For fifteen years, O’Neal has taught and performed throughout the US, Japan and Mexico and choreographed for stage, commercials, rock shows, galleries, dance films and music videos. In a field that has been historically under-funded, O’Neal will be able to produce and tour Opposing Forces nationally with support from NDP. NDP remains one of few national programs dedicated to supporting individual dance artists, whether established or emerging. These touring and performance engagements create new connections between community members and artists, offering a unique opportunity for artistic growth, and an increased access to the arts and creative process. To date, Amy O’Neal’s Opposing Forces is one of over 323 new dance works created with NDP support. 

Opposing Forces is co-commissioned by the On the Boards, PICA, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts through the National Performance Network with additional funding provided by 4Culture, The James W. Ray Project Venture Award through Artist Trust and Case Van Rij.