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(Wassaic, NY) – Davalois Fearon Dance, under the artistic direction of critically acclaimed dance artist Davalois Fearon, will perform excerpts of the artistic director’s work in progress Lift Up as part of the Wassaic Project’s August Festival. The performance will take place on Friday, August 11, 2017 at 6:30pm, and admission is free to the public. To RSVP visit www.davaloisfearon.com or www.wassaicproject.org.
Lift Up is choreographed by Davalois Fearon, and features music composed and performed live by instrumentalist Mike McGinnis. It is a work in progress inspired by Fearon’s solo work Time to Talk, which examined the effects of systematic underrepresentation of African American contributions to dance. Lift Up looks at contemporary dance and the transmission of cross cultural movement from body to body. The work examines and celebrates the contributions by people of color, that helped build American dance, often without acknowledgment or credit.
Davalois Fearon Dance is a recently formed company, with a mission to create work that appeals to a wide range of audiences, as well as increases awareness about social and environmental issues. To this end, Fearon’s choreography explores provocative topics related to the environment, race, gender, and sexuality, as well as abstract, movement-driven ideas. Fearon then translates words, images, emotions, and situations into her unique movement vocabulary, which is based on fluid, aggressive, and precise movements that flow effortlessly through space, pulling from postmodern dance, African American dance traditions, and her background as a Jamaican immigrant raised in the Bronx, N.Y. She utilizes artistic collaborations to help take audiences on audio-visually thought-provoking journeys. Many know Davalois Fearon, a 2017 Bessie Award Nominee, from her numerous features in the New York Times, and her work with the Stephen Petronio Company. She has been awarded a variety of scholarships, grants, and fellowships from such organizations as The Bronx Council on the Arts, The Arts Fund, and MuKha Arts & Science Foundation in Stockholm, Sweden. She is also the 2-time recipient of the Advanced Opportunity (AOP) Fellowship from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Her work has been presented by some of the most prestigious arts organizations in New York City including The Joyce, Harlem Stage, BAAD! the Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Davalois Fearon Dance debuted with the New York City Premiere of Consider Water at The Joyce Theater as part of the 2017 American Dance Platform. The creation of Time to Talk was made possible with the support of the Bronx Council on the Arts and partial financial support provided by University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts Department of Dance. Davalois Fearon is fiscally sponsored by Unique Projects, Inc., a New York State not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization administered by Pentacle/DanceWorks, Inc. www.pentacle.org
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