Couldn’t Have Done It Without Them: A spotlight on individuals & organizations that have provided integral foundational support for Davalois Fearon Dance
BAAD! the Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance
by Mike Marriott, Executive Director
Numerous individuals, organizations, and institutions have aided Davalois on her journey to become the esteemed and recognized artist she is today. Without the support of these individuals & organizations, Davalois Fearon Dance (DFD) would not exist. Today, we focus on BAAD! and the contributions of DFD’s performance home in the Bronx.
Davalois has had the opportunity to perform individually, and with her company, at some of the most prestigious venues in New York, including The Joyce, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the the New Victory Theater on Broadway, but the venue that helped launch her solo career, the venue that has been with her since day one, has been BAAD! the Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance. The first time Davalois perform at BAAD! was in April of 2014. She has since performed there on six different occasions, and BAAD! has presented three of her noteworthy works, Consider Water, Time to Talk, and For C.J. BAAD! has been an invaluable partner in the growth of Davalois Fearon Dance. It is a haven for Dava to flesh out ideas and take risks. Each performance there as lead to amazing opportunities for the company and while Dava has a tremendous artistic reputation throughout New York City and beyond, Davalois is a Bronx-based artist, and her home is at BAAD!
This spring, Davalois, and her artistic activism, is coming home to BAAD! for the first iteration of her newest work For C.J., a piece that will honor Ms. Fearon’s nephew, a Bronx native, who recently fell victim to a fatal asthma attack. It uses nature to explore themes of loss and remembrance and celebrates C.J.’s life by telling his story through movement, live music, and visual arts. The work has an initiative component that seeks to highlight disparities in asthma care and provide tools to combat them. The asthma hospitalization rate for children in The Bronx is 70 percent higher than the rest of New York City, and 700 percent higher than the rest of New York State. Because of statistics like these, it was important to Davalois that this work premier in The Bronx, and at BAAD! Join us March 29th & 30th, 2019, as Davalois celebrates 5 years at BAAD! the Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance.
I am overjoyed by the overwhelming support the For C.J. Initiative was able to garner and could not be more grateful to everyone who did their part to make this dream a reality. I would like to highlight some individuals in particular who helped me create the campaign and truly supported me behind the scenes. Without them the campaign would not have been successful at all.
Moila Fearon, thank you for your encouragement and unfaltering belief in me and my abilities, I believe I can be who you believe I can! Andrew Lee, THANK you for producing the Kickstarter video. Your artistry is incredible and I am so lucky to have you as a friend! Thank you for the pushing me to launch the campaign and for holding me to the highest standard. Tess, thank you for being right beside me every step of the way and for the GORGEOUS handmade bracelet donation<3. Sarah, thank for doing all the grunt work to get the campaign up and running and doing everything you could to help me reach my goal. June thank you for your guidance and encouragement! Joanne, thank you for your thoughtful words that pushed me clarify my mission. Mike Marriott, thank you for being there from the beginning and always believing in me. Charmaine and Tony, thank you for being my amazing guest on during the live event, Mikaila for helping me get the word out, Morgan for dancing your butt off at the live event, Patrick for your cameo that didn’t make it in but still meant the world to me, Kathleen for the generosity you showed by hosting the launch party, August for your invaluable advice that made me think outside of the box, and Ashley for the initial conversation you had with me about Kickstarter at DANY many moons ago. All of these small pieces helped to make up the whole and I am could not have been able to craft a successful campaign without each piece of the puzzle. So thank you all<3
Davalois Fearon Dance's mission is to collaboratively create, perform, and teach a versatile body of work that draws from Artistic Director Davalois Fearon’s richly diverse movement vocabulary and cultivate the next generation of dance artists. Fearon is passionate about creating work that push both artistic and social boundaries.