The Eva Yaa Asantewaa Solo for Solo Residency Showing

May 17, 2022, 7:00 pm8:30 pm EDT

$10 – $15



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In this technologically dense age, how are lineages tracked, kept, and maintained? Through a collaborative process involving voice, live looping, and movement, Javier assists Davalois in tracking and honoring her lineage as well as questioning what is there to come “from here on out.”


New work by Kayla Farrish and Belinda McGuire with the whim, efforts, imagination, and exciting possibilities between the two. They both play with dance, scene, physicality, and film, and will dive into an immersive world together.

About Javier Padilla

Javier Padilla is a movement-based artist originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico. Starting off his dance studies at School for the Performing Arts in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, Padilla continued to pursue movement at Mason Gross School for the Arts at Rutgers University attaining a BFA in Dance. With his choreographic project, The Movement Playground, Javi has shown work at venues such as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Theater at Gibney, Salvatore Capezio Theater at Peridance, Arts On Site, Jack Crystal Theater at NYU Tisch Dance and the Inside/Out Stage at Jacob’s Pillow. Javi is interested in the hidden histories deep within our bones, the magic of our individuality, and the secrets that we project as we perform on and off stage. Javi is currently an MFA in Dance candidate at the University of Maryland in College Park.

About Davalois Fearon

Davalois Fearon, a 2017 Bessie awardee and a 2021-22 Jerome Hill Artist Fellow finalist, is a critically acclaimed choreographer, dancer, and educator. Her dancing, praised by colleagues as “unapologetic” and by critics as “electrifying,” was honed over 12 years with the Stephen Petronio Company (2005–2017), where she was an audience favorite for her bold performances. Born in Jamaica and raised in the Bronx, Fearon’s choreography is said to embody a “tenacious virtuosity” that is now reflected in her work as founder and director of Davalois Fearon Dance (DFD). Established in 2016, DFD pushes artistic and social boundaries to highlight injustice and inequality and spark vital conversations about change. Fearon’s work has been presented nationally and internationally, including at New York City venues such as the Joyce Theatre, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the New Victory Theater. Among many others, she has completed commissions for the Bronx Museum of the Arts and Barnard College. Her abundant honors and awards include DanceNYC’s Dance Advancement Fund Award, as well as grants from the MAP Fund and the Howard Gilman Foundation, and her company has enjoyed continuous support from the Bronx Council of the Arts. Fearon has been featured in publications such as The New York Times and The New Yorker, in poet Ntozake Shange’s book, Dance We Do: A Poet Explores Black Dance, and in the 2019 documentary film, If the Dancer Dances. She is a professor at the College of Staten Island.

About Kayla Farrish

Kayla Farrish/Decent Structures Arts combines filmmaking, dance-theater, and sound score. Company commissions include Gibney (2020-2021), Louis Armstrong Museum (2020), Danspace (2019), Pepatian/BAAD! (2018), and beyond. Residencies include: Gallim (2021), Gibney, Baryshnikov Arts Center, AOS, NYU (2020), Keshet MSE, BAX, Petronio Residency Center (2019), Pepatian/BAAD! (2018), and Chez Bushwick (2017). Creations include Black Bodies Sonata, The New Frontier, With grit From, Grace, Spectacle, and Martyr’s Fiction (2021). In 2020-2021, she directed films and live performance hybrids: Inside the Laughing Barrel Collaboration (Armstrong Now!), Films Harbor, Falling Distance (Kizuna Dance/Alfred University Commission), The Poem, and Biggie, 3 Shepherds (Derrick Belcham), and co-directed Melanie Charles Y’ll Dnt Care Abt Blk Women. She made film Rinsing (Joe’s Pub/DanceNOW), co-choreographed with Brandon Coleman site-specific Broken Record (Little Island Festival), solo -NYLA Motherboard Suite, Roster Music and Dance Collaboration with Melanie Charles for Four/Four, and directed Martyr’s Fiction Feature Film.

About Belina McGuire

Belinda McGuire is an American-Canadian dancer, choreographer, filmmaker and Artistic Director of Belinda McGuire Dance Projects, based in Brooklyn. Her choreography has been presented across the United States, Canada, Mexico and Dominican Republic. A former student of the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, she completed her formal education at Juilliard. Through BMDP, Belinda has commissioned and performed in world premieres by Kate Alton, Sylvain Émard, Andrea Miller, Sharon Moore, Idan Sharabi, Doug Varone, and Emio Greco | Pieter C. Scholten. She was co-awarded The Chrystal Dance Prize (2019) and recognized as a sponsored artist of USArtists International (2019). Belinda has performed as a company member for Doug Varone and Dancers, Gallim Dance, and The Limón Company, among others, appearing on stages across Brazil, China, Italy, Mexico, Switzerland, Thailand, and the United States. Residencies include ICK Amsterdam, National Ballet of Canada and The Yard, among others. She has taught and choreographed for Juilliard, Harvard, The Limón Institute, Marymount, Canada’s National Ballet School, Tisch, and Purchase, among others. As a filmmaker, Belinda created the groundbreaking interactive dance film, Order in the Eye of the Beholder (2021). As a producer, Belinda launched four one-woman shows, and four iterations of a Offset Dance Fest (Brooklyn).


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The Eva Yaa Asantewaa Solo for Solo Residency is a series of commissioned solos made by developing choreographers expressly for veteran performers who also mentor the choreographers through a one-on-one collaborative process that serves to broaden and deepen the art.