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Base Residency Entry Point: Amy O’Neal

July 18 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Please join us at Base on Thursday, July 18 at 8pm for the culmination of Amy O’Neal’s Base residency.

For this residency, Amy is researching her next evening length work Again, There is No Other: The Remix, which samples and reimagines concepts, movement, and experimental performance tropes from her body of work exploring societal constructs of race and gender. Merging practices from Black social dance culture and contemporary dance, she will explore with a multi racial and generational cast of femme identified dance artists to revisit and reinvent from her long history of performance making. She will spend the first week exploring new solo ideas sampling from previous solos and reconnecting with Ellie Sandstrom, who danced in her work with locust and AmyO/tinyrage 2000-2010. The second week, physically multi lingual movement artists Amaria Stern (LA), Nia-Amina Minor (Seattle), Annie Franklin (Chicago), and Tracey Wong (Seattle) will explore ideas from Amy’s previous works In the Fray (2010), The Most Innovative, Daring, and Original Dance/Performance You Will See this Decade (2012), Opposing Forces (2014), There is No Other (2015), Again, there is No Other (2016), A Trio (2019), and There is No Other (The Remix) (2021). What feels relevant now? What needs to stay in the past? Where do we go from here?

Space is limited– please reserve a free ticket in advance. Masks are encouraged, but not required at Base.

Amy O’Neal is a dancer, choreographer, curator, and dance educator. A sought-after artist for over two decades, she teaches and performs nationally and internationally and choreographs for live performance, dance film, music video and virtual reality. From 2000 to 2010, along with musician and composer Zeke Keeble, O’Neal co-directed locust, an experimental multidisciplinary video, music, and contemporary dance company. Inspired by hip-hop culture and experimental cinema, locust’s work created social commentary with humor and heavy beats. From 2010 until now, she creates experimental dance work merging Black social dance practices from hip-hop and house culture and contemporary dance while directly addressing race, gender and the sampling nature of innovation. She premiered her first evening-length solo in 2012 where she examined her influences, questioned her relationship to Blackness as a white woman, and paid homage to her teachers and dance heroes. As a practicing guest of Black dance culture, she has participated in experimental and all-styles battles, co-organized and co-produced Seattle House Dance Project, and developed hip-hop curriculum for the University of Washington. Her passion and research meet at the intersection of the hip-hop, house and contemporary dance communities. Within this intersection she explores the complex differences, nuances and layers of hybridized movement vocabularies. For example, in her eighth evening-length work, Opposing Forces, O’Neal and five Seattle-based B-Boys explored fears of feminine qualities in our culture through the hyper-masculine form of Breaking. Opposing Forces toured from 2014 to 2017, and an award-winning documentary about the show called How it Feels premiered in 2019. City Arts Magazine wrote, “O’Neal synthesizes complex themes with a cohesive, penetrating 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.”

O’Neal is a grantee of Creative Capital, National Performance Network, National Dance Project, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Artist Trust, and 4 Culture. She is a two-time Artist Trust Fellow, DanceWEB/ImpulsTanz scholar and Herb Alpert Award nominee with a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts, where she was awarded the first Distinguished Alumni Award in 2014. While at Cornish, she danced and toured with the Pat Graney Company from 1998 to 2001and Scott/Powell Performancefrom 1997-2004. . O’Neal 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.

Photo provided by Erin O’Reilly

[Image Description: A Trio (2023).]


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