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For C.J. is dedicated to Artistic Director Davalois Fearon’s nephew C.J. who was the victim of a fatal asthma attack in 2017. It is a work in progress that uses nature to explore themes of loss and remembrance, and tells C.J.'s story through Fearon’s fluid yet assertive movement vocabulary. Original music by multi-reedist Mike McGinnis; wearable sculpture, costume, and makeup designed by interdisciplinary artist Jasmine Murrell; and set design by performer and visual artist Myssi Robinson. For C.J. incorporates aspects of As Above, As Below, a site-specific piece created in dialogue with Gordon Matta-Clark’s 1971 performance Tree Dance, as well as the inclusion of alchemic philosophy in both artists’ conceptual processes commissioned by the Bronx Museum as part of the BxMA Co-Lab dance series.
The For C.J. Initiative addresses systemic medical and environmental negligence with a twofold approach that incorporates arts and community. I plan to create a dance piece that celebrates C.J.’s life and tells his story through movement, live music, and visual arts. Asthma awareness events will feature excerpts of For C.J. followed by panel discussions about asthma and various environmental and medical resources.
Creator, Artistic Director: Davalois Fearon Choreography: Davalois Fearon with assistance of the dancers Dancers: Morgan Anderson, Njeri Rutherford, Mikaila Ware, Davalois Fearon Music Director, Composer: Mike McGinnis Silent Killer and Take Care songs by Davalois Fearon Musicians: Michael McGinnis, Composer, Clarinet, saxophone; Brian Drye, Trombone; Jeff Hermanson, Trumpet; Sara Schoenbeck, Bassoon ; Dana Lyn, Violin; Yoon Sun Choi, Vocals; Allan Mednard, Drums (3/6/20) Costumes, wearable sculptures, and makeup design: Jasmine Murrell Set and interactive props design: Myssi Robinson Rehearsal Director: Morgan Anderson Lighting Design: Tricia Toliver BRIClab Mentor Stew Want to do something about the issues raised in For C.J.? Visit our For C.J. Initiativepage for details on how to take action!
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This Bronx Council on the Arts (BCA) Artist for Community Enrichment Program is supported by Dance/NYC’s Dance Advancement Fund and made possible by the Ford Foundation, BCA, and the Map Grant. The creation of "Time to Talk" was made possible with the support of BCA, Pearl Diving Movement Residency, Mabou Mines’ SUITE/Space, and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts Department of Dance. Davalois Fearon is fiscally sponsored by the Foundation for Independent Artists, Inc., a non-profit organization administered by Pentacle (DanceWorks, Inc). Pentacle is a non-profit management support organization for the performing arts. Mara Greenberg, Director; 75 Broad Street, Suite 304, New York, NY 10004.