For C.J. Virtual Premiere LIVE at 7 pm EDT on Friday, October 23rd, 2020 - (Donation-based ticketing $0-$1000) -
The virtual premier of the BRIClab work-in-progress performance of For C.J., followed by a post-performance discussion with historian, dancer, curator, and co-creator of Black Dance Stories, Charmaine Warren, and Fearon. The event will be available for streaming live at 7 pm EDT on Friday, October 23rd, 2020.
Why donation-based ticketing?
Despite the devastating impacts of COVID-19, Davalois Fearon Dance (DFD) is determined to fulfill its mission of pushing artistic and social boundaries. Donation-based ticketing reflects the vast array of DFD families that support and cherish the work. To ensure the longevity of DFD, we encourage you to make a contribution if you are able.
Davalois Fearon Dance
Founder and Artistic Director, Davalois Fearon
Music Director, Mike McGinnis
Rehearsal Director, Morgan Anderson
General Manager, Tess Montoya
Project Manager, Anya Kress
Development Associate, Njeri Rutherford
BRIClab Mentor Stew
Choreography by Davalois Fearon with the assistance of the dancers
Music by Mike McGinnis with the assistance of the musicians
Silent Killer and Take Care of you songs by Davalois Fearon
Costumes, sculptures, and makeup design by Jasmine Murrell
Set and audience interactive props design by Myssi Robinson
Lighting Design Tricia Toliver
Michael McGinnis: Composer, Clarinet, saxophone
Brian Drye: Trombone
Jeff Hermanson, Trumpet
Sara Schoenbeck, Bassoon
Dana Lyn, Violin
Yoon Sun Choi, Vocals
Allan Mednard, Drums
For C.J. is dedicated to Artistic Director Davalois Fearon’s nephew C.J., the victim of a fatal asthma attack in 2017. Fearon explores themes of loss, remembrance, and the entanglement of medical and environmental racial disparities that resulted in his death through her fluid yet assertive movement vocabulary. Music direction by composer and clarinetist/saxophonist Mike McGinnis; wearable sculpture, costume, and makeup designed by interdisciplinary artist Jasmine Murrell; and set design by the performer and visual artist Myssi Robinson. Dancer Morgan Anderson represents the medical industry, and dancer Njeri Rutherford embodies the environment. Dancer Mikaila Ware takes the audience through C.J.’s story.
In New York City, asthma hospitalization and death rates among Blacks and Hispanics are 3–5 times those of Whites. For C.J.’s initiative component seeks to highlight disparities in asthma care and provide tools to combat them. Please visit davaloisfearon.com/the-for-cj-initiative for more information.
The For C.J. Virtual Premiere is supported in part by a 2020 Project Grant from New Music USA. The development of For C.J. was made possible with partial financial support from Dance/NYC’s Dance Advancement Fund, made possible by the Ford Foundation, Bronx Council on the Arts, the Bronx Museum of Art, individual contributions, the MAP Fund Grant, BAX, BRIC, BAAD! Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance and RestorationART ChoreoQuest dance residencies. For C.J. was created in part from “As Above, As Below,” a site-specific piece created in dialogue with Gordon Matta-Clark’s exhibition "Anarchitect" at The Bronx Museum of the Arts and The BxMA Co-Lab commission program. BxMA Co-Lab is made possible by the Mertz Gilmore Foundation. Davalois Fearon is fiscally sponsored by the Foundation for Independent Artists, Inc., a non-profit organization administered by Pentacle (DanceWorks, Inc) and also receives capacity-building support from Pentacle’s Administrative Resource Team (ART).