Davalois Fearon is a dancer, teacher, and choreographer born on the island of Jamaica and raised in The Bronx, New York. In 2005, Fearon received a BFA from the Purchase College Conservatory of Dance. She has since performed and taught around the world with the Stephen Petronio Company, at times also staging its repertory and assisting as rehearsal director, and currently, serving as Education Coordinator. In 2015, Fearon was recognized by prominent dance writers Wendy Perron and Charmaine Warren as one of the best and most memorable performers of the year. As a choreographer, Fearon has received awards from the Bronx Council on the Arts, including the BRIO fellowship; an AOP Fellowship from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; and was recently commissioned by Harlem Stage to create Water, Thirst & Storm. Her choreography has been presented throughout New York City, including as part of the E-Moves 17 dance series, and at the Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, Roulette, and the Inception to Exhibition Dance Festival, as well as in Berkeley (CA), Portland (OR), Tampa (FL), and Kingston, Jamaica. Fearon has collaborated with internationally renowned poet Patricia Smith, multi-reedist Mike McGinnis, fashion photographer Nigel HoSang, and inter-disciplinary artists Andre Zachery and Deborah Castillo. In addition, she has performed with Daniel Ezralow, Forces of Nature, Ballet Noir, Darrell Robinson, and Ballet International Africans.
ARTIST STATEMENT My choreography explores the topics of the environment, race, gender and sexuality. I take words, images, emotions and situations and translate them into my fluid, physical and dynamic movement aesthetic. I collaborate and perform with dancers, composers, musicians, poets, visual artists and performance artists. These collaborations help me to take my audiences on a journey into a world that raises awareness about the issues that most concern me.