BRIClabs: For C.J. (work-in-progress)
For C.J., by Davalois Fearon Dance, stems from the untimely passing of Davalois Fearon’s nephew from an asthma attack. His passing was tragic and with proper care and treatment, entirely preventable. Urban planning and systemic redlining in government agencies have pushed populations of color to areas that face disproportionate levels of pollution, which results in the asthma hospitalization and death rates among Blacks and Hispanics being 3–5 times those of Whites.
For C.J. uses a two-pronged approach that incorporates an arts and a community engagement initiative to address systemic, medical, and environmental discrimination. The piece features Fearon’s ballet-infused postmodern/Caribbean movement vocabulary; music composed by Mike McGinnis; wearable sculpture, costume, and makeup designed by interdisciplinary artist Jasmine Murrell; and set design by performer/visual artist Myssi Robinson.