Artistic Direction and Concept: Davalois Fearon Choreography: Davalois Fearon with assistance of Careitha Davis and Tess Montoya Music:Mike McGinnis, Bluesette by Hank Jones, Tess Montoya Costumes: Davalois Fearon, Hopie Lynn Burrows (Traditional Folklore Skirt), Tess Montoya Assistant Lighting Designer/Stage Manager Julieta Rodriguez-Cruz Curated by Walter Rutledge
“Herstories” looks at how cross-cultural movements, mainly stemming from the African diaspora, play a role in the development of contemporary dance and celebrate the forms that helped build American dance, often without acknowledgment or credit. The project was born out of Stephen Petronio Company 2021 Bloodlines(future) program commission of “Finding Herstory.” This “Herstories” performance includes “Excerpts of Finding Herstory” by Davalois Fearon, which is inspired by Afro-Jamaican dance forms, such as reggae and dancehall, and is the first solo from The Finding Herstory Solo Series Project. “Finding Herstory” was commissioned by the Stephen Petronio Company for the 2021 Bloodlines(future) program. It was made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with support from Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature. In addition, this performance also includes “Excerpts of esto de jugar a la vida” by Tess Montoya, with rhythms inspired by the music of Ampara Ochoa. Finally, this performance also includes “Excerpts of GYAL” by Careitha Davis, which revolves around narratives, research, and conversations with Caribbean women living in America and struggling with what is ‘moral’ and what is ‘unbecoming’ regarding the sexual objectivation of women displayed during Carnival.