Dance Workshop The Davalois Fearon Dance Workshop deeply focuses on learning how to clearly articulate movements initiated from the joints and embody rhythmically dynamic shifts of energy and movement quality, in order to achieve the signature DFD movement sensibility; a fluid yet assertive approach, described as “both gymnastic and natural” (Mary Cargill, DanceViewTimes blog).
Part I: A ballet-infused postmodern/Carribean DFD technique class that draws from Fearon’s background with Petronio, ballet, Bartenieff, Cunningham, Graham, and Horton and incorporating improvisation, West African, and Dancehall. An across-the-floor phrase focuses on integrating movement ideas presented in the warmup before dancers experience the “Rapid Fire” choreographic process of DFD, in which dancers watch Fearon do a movement one time and then replicate it to build a new phrase.
Part II: Students will learn an excerpt from the DFD repertory. This class addresses the unique focus of DFD on dynamic sequencing, poly-rhythmic initiations, and engaging a sense of fearlessness within the complex architectural form. (The duration of Parts I and II can be adapted, depending on the age and skill level of students).