"Time to Talk" is a multimedia dance-theater piece rooted in research on American history, dance history, racial identity formation and systemic racism. It is inspired by Davalois’ own experience of oppression and racial bias within academia that she encountered in 2015. Dynamic fluid dance, live music, spoken word, projection art, and dialogue to call attention to racial inequalities within American concert dance and society at large. Performed with critically acclaimed Jazz multi-reedist Mike McGinnis, projection art by interdisciplinary artist Andre Zachery, and lighting by Sarah Hamilton. “Time to Talk” aims to encourage audience members to question how they may knowingly or unknowingly contribute to maintaining social norms that support a status quo of inequity.
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Davalois Fearon Dance was founded by artistic director Davalois Fearon in 2016 with a mission that pushes both artistic and social boundaries. Fearon is a Bessie award winning, critically acclaimed dancer, teacher, and choreographer born on the island of Jamaica and raised in The Bronx, New York. Her choreography has been presented nationally and internationally, including by the Joyce Theater, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Manhattan Movement, the Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, and Edna Manley College in Kingston, Jamaica. She has received awards from Bronx Council on the Arts and Pentacle among others. In addition, she has been has been commissioned to create new work by organizations such as Harlem Stage and The Bronx Museum. In 2005 she joined the Stephen Petronio Company, whom she performed and taught around the world with until 2017. Fearon has collaborated with internationally renowned poet Patricia Smith, multi-reedist Mike McGinnis, fashion photographer Nigel HoSang, and interdisciplinary artists Andre Zachery and Deborah Castillo.
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