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, intimate duets, and cyphering, all set inside a futuristic geometric landscape.
This year, Clas/sick Hip Hop explores gender norms in hip hop culture, celebrating the presence and impact of femininity in a subculture that has historically been characterized by hyper-masculinity and violence. Dance performance Opposing Forces, with artist Amy O’Neal, responds to society’s binary frameworks through dance styles like breaking and cyphering. UnderCover Presents: A Tribute to The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, spotlights the work of the iconic artist whose first solo album shaped a woman’s perspective on everything from relationships to life in the hood, in a genre and industry dominated by men. Sixteen Bay Area ensembles pay homage to the Grammy award–winning iconic artist by lending their unique, creative voices to the classic songs we know and love. Be there for the return of Clas/sick Hip Hop. Move and be moved.
Photo: Gabriel Bienczycki
Thu Feb 16: $20 advance, $25 at the door
Fri Feb 17 & Sat Feb 18: $25 advance, $30 at the door
Risers/Seated: $50 advance, $55 at the door
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Includes a seat to Amy O’Neal’s Opposing Forces and riser/seat access to UnderCover Presents: A Tribute to The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.
Includes a seat to Amy O’Neal’s Opposing Forces and standing/floor access to UnderCover Presents: A Tribute to The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.
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Amy O’Neal is a dancer, performer, choreographer, and dance educator equally participating in street and club dance culture, and contemporary dance and performance. She is passionate about the intersection of these worlds while honoring their complex cultural differences. A sought after teacher and artist for the past seventeen years, Amy works nationally and internationally choreographing 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. Based in Seattle for twenty years, Amy was awarded the first Distinguished Alumni Award from Cornish College of the Arts in 2014. Her work has been supported by Creative Capital, Foundation for Contemporary Art, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the National Dance Project both Commissioning and Tour Only Support, and two National Performance Network Commissioning awards. In recent years, she was an invited dancer for Clas/Sick Hip Hop in 2014 at YBCA, a guest panelist for 206 Zulu Nation’s Meeting of the Minds, and twice invited to battle in Queen of the Hill: All Ladies/All Styles battle in Seattle. Her dance writing has been published in Dance Magazine, Art Dish Forum, Blog the Boards, and City Arts Magazine. She spent half of 2015 in the Bay Area working as Guest Artist in Residence at Mills College and serving as Choreographic Architect for Citizen Dance. She is currently living and working part time in Los Angeles.
Conception, direction and choreography
Performers and Co-Choreographers:
Alfredo “Free” Vergara Jr.
Brysen “Just Be” Angeles
Michael O’Neal Jr.
Robert Eyerman * replacing Brysen Angeles for this performance
Original music by:
Waylon Dungan aka WD4D
Marc Bamuthi Joseph
Vocal Performance on cover of Kendrick Lamar’s Backseat Freestyle: Gifted Gab
Opposing Forces was co-commissioned by On the Boards with support through On the Board’s Performance Production Program, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, National Performance Network, James W. Ray Venture Project Award through Artist Trust and Frye Art Museum, 4Culture, and Case Van Rij.
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.
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is grateful to the City of San Francisco for its ongoing support.
YBCA Programs in 16-17 are made possible in part by The James Irvine Foundation
Additional Funding for YBCA Programs 16-17:
National Endowment for the Arts, Adobe, Abundance Foundation, Gaia Fund, Grosvenor, and Members of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
The Leslie and Merle Rabine 2016-17 Performance Season is made possible in part by:
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and Panta Rhea Foundation.
Additional Funding for YBCA Performances 16-17:
Surdna Foundation, Salesforce.com, and Zellerbach Family Foundation.
The presentation of Amy O’Neal’s Opposing Forces was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Chairtable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.