2019 MAP Fund grantee critically-acclaimed dancer, teacher, and choreographer Davalois Fearon, has been lauded by colleagues as “unapologetic” and by critics as “electrifying.” Fearon was born on the island of Jamaica and raised in the Bronx, NY and is the founder and Artistic Director of Davalois Fearon Dance. She creates visual imagery that is fluid yet detailed, assertive yet thoughtful. Her choreography has been presented throughout New York City, by the Joyce Theater, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Dance Enthusiast’s “Moving Caribbean in NYC,” the Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, and the Inception to Exhibition Dance Festival, among others; as well as across the US and in Kingston, Jamaica. She has collaborated with internationally renowned poet Patricia Smith, multi-reedist Mike McGinnis, fashion photographer Nigel HoSang, and interdisciplinary artists Andre Zachery and Deborah Castillo.
Fearon received awards for the creation of new work from the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Pentacle, Bronx Council on the Arts (BCA) and Groundworks Hudson Valley, and was commissioned by Harlem Stage to create “Water, Thirst, and Storm” as part of the E-Moves 17 dance series. In 2018, The Bronx Museum commissioned me to create a new site-specific work based on their Gordon Matta-Clark exhibit, entitled “As Above, As Below.” She is a two-time recipient of the Advanced Opportunity Fellowship from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee (UWM). She has received the BCA Bronx Recognizes Its Own Fellowship and Artist For Community Grant, and is a three-time awardee of the Arts Fund grant. The MuKha Arts & Science Foundation recognized Fearon with a Dance Award for Consider Water, a work that calls attention to global water issues. In 2016, Pentacle awarded Fearon arts administration and professional development support for two years by Pentacle as a participant in a pioneering capacity-building research effort focusing on the impact of administrative support “bundles” for small dance companies. In 2017, she was selected to participate in the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s DanceMotion USA Professional Development Follow-on Program and the PearlDiving Movement Residency at PearlArts Studio in Pittsburgh. In 2018, Fearon was awarded a Suite/Space Residency at Mabou Mines and a Choreoquest Residency at Restorations Arts. She is a 2019 Alvin Ailey New Dance Directions Choreography Lab fellow.
Fearon is a member of the Joyce Theater's Young Leaders Circle Artist Committee, and has been featured in The New York Times, Dance Magazine, Dance Spirit, The Village Voice, and The New Yorker, to name a few. Her dancing has given her recognition as one of the best performances by Dance Magazine, most memorable performances by Charmaine Warren, and a Bessie Awards nomination as a performer in “Platform 2016: the skeleton architecture, or the future of our world's” curated by Eva Yaa Asantewaa at Danspace. Fearon was recently listed as one of seven Up-and -coming Black Artists to Have on Your Radar by Dance Magazine.
Fearon performed and taught around the world with the Stephen Petronio Company and at times staged company repertory from 2005-2017. Fearon created and implemented an education program for the Stephen Petronio Company, taught as an adjunct professor in the Long Island University Brooklyn Dance Program, and has been a guest professor at Princeton University Program in Dance, Purchase College Conservatory of Dance, University of Florida, and Hillsborough Community College Dance Program. She has also performed with Daniel Ezralow, Forces of Nature, Ballet Noir, Darrell Robinson, and Ballet International Africans. She holds an MFA from UWM and a BFA from the Purchase College Conservatory of Dance.
I am passionate about creating work that increases awareness about social and environmental issues that appeals to a wide range of audiences. To this end, my choreography explores topics related to the environment, race, gender, and sexuality, as well as abstract, movement-driven ideas. I translate words, images, emotions, and situations into my unique movement vocabulary, which is as rooted in my Jamaican immigrant background and my childhood in the Bronx as in my master’s level academic training and professional contemporary/postmodern dance background. My collaborations with multimedia artists help me take audiences on audio-visually thought-provoking journeys through the world’s most pressing issues.