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Bloodlines(future): Music and Dance at Parkside Plaza
October 17, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
BLOODLINES(FUTURE): Music and Dance at Parkside Plaza
When: October 17th at 2 pm
Where: Parkside Plaza at the intersection of Parkside Ave and Ocean Ave Brooklyn, NY 11225
Cost: PLG Arts-sponsored events are FREE and open to the public
PLG Arts (Prospect Lefferts Gardens Arts), in collaboration with Davalois Fearon Dance (DFD), presents Music and Dance at Parkside Plaza, an outdoor, block party-style event that celebrates the rich Caribbean heritage of Flatbush/ Prospect-Lefferts Gardens (PLG) and the growing community of local artists. The free performance will take place on October 17th at 2 pm at Parkside Plaza, located at Parkside Ave and Ocean Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11226. The event will feature live drumming by Ryan Greenidge, Agyei Phillip, and Rasaan Green, and the music of composer and woodwind player Mike McGinnis, Dancehall, and Reggae facilitated by D.J. Ayanna Heaven, and a site-specific performance of Finding Herstory and community dance-along led by Davalois Fearon.
The Stephen Petronio Company commissioned Davalois Fearon to create Finding Herstory for the 2021 Bloodlines(future) Program. SPC moves into the next phase of his Bloodlines project, looking towards future generations of artists and heirs to the Bloodlines lineage and how these historical masters frame the future of modern dance. Stephen Petronio Company’s Bloodlines, which began in 2015 and has since restaged 12 iconic dances. These masterpieces have irrevocably marked the American postmodern dance landscape and have had a particular impact on Petronio’s thinking.
The Finding Herstory performance will be a site-specific version created and performed by Davalois Fearon with the assistance of Careitha Davis. Davis is the founder of BodyRa, a New York City-based company that seeks to connect the mind, body, and spirit through the Caribbean movement. Finding Herstory is inspired by Africanist forms such as reggae and dancehall that have contributed to the American dance landscape and shaped Fearon as an artist. The piece pays homage to various dance forms, including Kumina, Doundounba, Congolese, Ska, Reggae, Dancehall, and highlights Fearon’s signature “gymnastic and natural” choreography.
Finding Herstory is commissioned by the Stephen Petronio Company for the 2021 Bloodlines(future) Program, 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.
Stephen Petronio Company’s 2022 Season and Bloodlines are made possible, in part, by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, Small Business Administration’s Shuttered Venue Operators Grant, New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and with additional support from Joseph & Joan Cullman Foundation for the Arts, The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, New Music USA’s New Music Organizational Development Fund, The Shubert Foundation, Serena Foundation and James E. Robinson Foundation.
The opinions, results, findings and/or interpretations of data contained herein are the responsibility of the Recipient and do not necessarily represent the opinions, interpretations or policy of the State or if funded with Federal funds, the applicable Federal funding agency and the all other funding institutions mentioned above, both private and public.
Photo by Anya Kress of Davalois Fearon in a backbend during an open rehearsal of the site-specific iteration of Finding Herstory