NEW GROUNDBREAKING WORK FROM AMY O’NEAL NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT
Dance trailblazer Amy O’Neal is creating a groundbreaking new work, and she can’t do it without you…
Some personal thoughts from the artist:
After creating 6 evening-length works with my former company locust and several shorter solo works, I am thrilled to be working on my first evening-length solo. The Most Innovative, Daring, and Original Piece of Dance/Performance You Will See this Decade began it’s development while I was the 2011 Artist in Residence at Velocity Dance Center in Seattle. I spent a lot of alone time studying the way I move and a selection of my current and past cultural obsessions/influences: Hip Hop, Ballet, Ciara’s “Ride” video, Janet Jackson’s “Pleasure Principle”video, Cyndi Lauper, Dubstep, the broad nature of Contemporary dance, and a long/diverse list of teachers and art heroes. I have studied them through the lens of sampling, imitation, cover songs, mash ups, remixes, googling, and homage.
Through this process, I am learning to understand why I am attracted to these forms and the complex web of social, economic, racial, and sexual information that lies beneath it. I have also spent a lot of time writing about the nature of creativity, the often generic words used to sell art, and what makes something truly innovative. This project is a culmiation of that research/practice. You will see lots of booty shaking and words creating context, thus providing the non-verbal part of the “lecture demonstration” structure of the work.
The Most Innovative, Daring, and Original Piece of Dance/Performance You Will See this Decade will premiere at Velocity Dance Center in Seattle October 12-14 and 19-21, 2012. It is the first project of Velocity’s new program Made in Seattle.
photo © Gabriel Bienczycki 2012