Amy O'Neal TICKETS SELLING FAST! Oct 21, 2014

by Monique

Tickets are going fast for Amy O'Neal's Opposing Forces. Please note that there is an extremely limited waitlist capacity for Amy. Wait list is available in person or on the phone during daytime box office hours. Get your tickets today!

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Choreographer Amy O'Neal & Brysen Angeles at Marcie Sillman's "And Another Thing" Oct 16, 2014

by Erin

"Amy O’Neal’s newest dance explores gender and race from a different angle. Opposing Forces is a work for five acclaimed Seattle area b-boys: Fever One, Alfredo "Free" Vergara Jr., Brysen "JustBe” Angeles, Mozeslateef, and Michael O’Neal Jr. It's the first dance she's created for an all-male cast.

O’Neal says this new dance initially came out of her desire to work with male dancers. But she was also inspired by her increasing affinity for hip hop culture.

'I had been thinking a lot about the value systems between competitive dance, commercial dance, contemporary dance,' she says. 'B-boy battling and hip hop specifically.'

Her ideas started to take shape when O’Neal met Brysen Angeles at The Beacon, a dance studio and school Angeles co-founded with other members of his award-winning Seattle dance crew, Massive Monkees. Angeles had seen one of O’...

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Amy O'Neal & Opposing Forces in The Stranger Oct 15, 2014

by Erin

"The productive tension between individual spontaneity and the conversational, social elements of b-boying culture is a key element of Opposing Forces. Breakdancing performances—called 'ciphers'—can be planned or impromptu, a battle for domination or a playful exchange, but they're always explosive communications between dancers and spectators that both echo and ignite powerful emotions. B-boy audiences aren't passive—they surround the performers, cheer and jeer, and sometimes step in to dance themselves. The rehearsal I attended was similar: While Lateef practiced a solo under O'Neal's watchful eye, the others playfully improvised around the stage, sometimes flowing with each other's steps and bouncing off one another's movements, anticipating and responding to directional changes and weight shifts. 'Play with things that are awkward,' O'Neal told Lateef, and his tall...

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People of Opposing Forces: Meet the Crew Oct 15, 2014

by Erin

Meet the experts: MozesLateef, Michael O'Neal Jr., Alfredo "Free" Vergara, Fever One, & Brysen "Just Be" Angeles

Learn more about the Opposing Forces performers/collaborators: their crews, histories, favorite moves, and favorite songs.

photo by Steve Korn

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People of Opposing Forces: WD4D Oct 14, 2014

by Erin

Musician Waylan Dungan (aka WD4D) created the music for Opposing Forces. He is a musician, DJ, composer, and producer and a well-known fixture at Lo-Fi's Tuesday DJ Stop Biting nights. Listen to some of his sounds here.

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People of Opposing Forces: Chapter1NE Oct 14, 2014

by Erin

Dancer Michael O'Neal Jr. performs and competes with Chapter1NE/The Beat Hippies Crew. Check out Chapter 1NE's work at the 2012 World of Dance Seattle competition here and watch some of O'Neal's own crossover choreography here.

 

 

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People of Opposing Forces: Massive Monkees Oct 14, 2014

by Erin

Massive Monkees is a 28 member B-boy crew from Seattle. They won the 2004 World B-Boy Championships in London and appeared on season four of MTV's America's Best Dance Crew. In 2012 they won the international b-boy competition R-16 Korea and thus became the first American crew to win in the history of the competition.

Massive Monkees are well-known in Seattle for their performances and for their studio: The Beacon, where shows, teaching, and competitions are constant.

Opposing Forces dancer Brysen "justBe" Angeles is a member of the Massive Monkees (and...

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People of Opposing Forces: Circle of Fire Crew Oct 14, 2014

by Erin

Dancers Alfredo "Free" Vergara Jr and Mozeslateef are both part of Circle of Fire crew (Seattle, Bay Area, Hawaii, Seoul). Get to know their distinct style here.

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