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The Hybrid Lab: Conversations in Merging Dance Cultures
October 6 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Hybrid Lab: Conversations in Merging Dance Cultures is part dance party, part performance cypher, part contemporary performance art, and part conversation facilitated by dancer/choreographer/curator/dance educator Amy O’Neal. O’Neal has been merging the experimental and social natures of Hip Hop and Contemporary dance since 2000 to challenge notions of race, gender, and the sampling nature of innovation. Her primary movement languages are contemporary, hip hop, and house and she creates dance experiences within the experimental performance context, dance film, and virtual reality. The Hybrid Lab is a space for real time dialogue between dancers primarily from and in relation to hip hop culture who merge multiple movement styles and contexts to experiment with artistic form, build community, and shift power dynamics between artists, venues, funders, and audiences.
For this engagement in collaboration with Velocity Dance Center, The Hybrid Lab: Conversations in Merging Dance Cultures will feature the evolution of Amy O’Neal’s latest house inspired choreographic work “A Trio” and real time experiments by featured Seattle hip hop, house, waacking, and contemporary culture luminaries Orb, Alfredo “Free” Vergara, Tracey Wong, and Majiin O’Neal, as well as a few emerging artists to be announced. Each night will be slightly different due to the improvisational nature of the show. Expect DJ sets by WD4D, audience agency to move around, surprise musical guests, post show dance parties, and juicy conversation.