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Brave in a New World
Brave in a New World presents the authentic experiences of incarceration and the challenges of coming home from prison in a unique melding of dance, narrative, and song. The transition from in to out is scary. Doors opening to freedom don’t necessarily stay open as the stigma of felon refuses to fade. And how does one keep pace in this technologically altered reality? The work features women who have re-entered society from York Correctional Institution joining the professional Ensemble of the Judy Dworin Performance Project and the voices of children who have parents in prison.
Lighthouse presents the drama of a person, isolated from a sea of others yet longing for authentic connection. The lighthouse, its keeper, and the surrounding slip of jagged land where shipwrecked survivors find refuge become a metaphor for enlightenment in this moving, multi-arts performance. Lighthouse artfully evokes the sense that the audience as witnesses, are actually participants, struggling with the fierce wave patterns and violent storms of the sea juxtaposed with the tranquility of solitude and the downside of loneliness of the keeper. Just as life is ever changing, so too is the sea. For centuries, the lighthouse has been a beacon for those at sea. For those on land, what is our light? NYC based composer/performer Robert Een, poet/novelist and human rights activist Marjorie Agosín, set designer Marcela Otéiza, and lighting designer Blu join the Ensemble as the collaborative team for this exciting new work.
In My Shoes
In My Shoes brings the voices of women in and outside of prison to the stage in spoken word, dance and song and asks audiences to engage in just what it be like to be ‘in my shoes’. The piece presents an evocative mix of the stark and the delightful as it challenges us to explore issues of criminal justice from the stance of our common humanity. Performed by women who have reentered the community from York Correctional Institution joined by The Ensemble of the Judy Dworin Performance Project, In My Shoes presents an authentic, provocative and soul-searching journey through the twist and turns of the walk to prison and back and what it means to be truly free.
Meditations From A Garden Seat
“I was mesmerized throughout and I would recommend this piece to anyone” ~Audience Member
Viscerally tense – yet ultimately joyous – Meditations from a Garden Seat blends movement, images, text, and spoken word to present the unreachable world of incarcerated women. Nourished by Harriet Beecher Stowe’s historic voice of emancipation, and interfacing with the voices of contemporary women who are both in and out of prison, Meditations is a provocative dance of discovery that moves into the stillness of the present moment, challenging our notions of freedom and justice while offering hope for a greener, kinder and more conscious world.
Meditations is based on The Great Garden, a piece created and performed by women at York Correctional Institution participating in JDPP’s Bridging Boundaries Arts Intervention residency program inspired by the notion of gardens as a source of healing and regeneration.
“… a rare and triumphant collaboration that has a life of its own, with implications far from the stage.” ~Lisa Paul Streitfeld, Hartford Courant
Through a mix of story, song and dance, Time In brings the humanity of women behind bars and the complex tapestry of feelings they experience—anger, pain, regret, fear, loneliness, despair and glimmers of hope—to the public. JDPP’s first collaboration with the women of York Correctional Institution and its most widely toured piece, Time In explores their reflections on time from behind the razor wire.
In This House
Winner of an Award of Merit from the Connecticut League of History Organizations
In This House is a multi-arts collaborative performance project that probes the question of race through the interior spaces of a historic house that still stands in the heart of a largely African-American neighborhood in New London, CT. In This House explores the generational shifts in race relations exemplified by the Hempsted household and its surrounding community as a history that begins in racial servitude and enslavement develops into one of Abolitionist fervor and finally into an integrated, interracial neighborhood.
The Witching Hour
Winner of a National Award of Merit from the American Association of State and Local History
The Witching Hour, an award-winning dance/theater piece, brings Connecticut’s 17th century witch craze to life through the untold stories of women who were accused, tried and convicted as witches. Bridging the gap between the 17th and 21st centuries, The Witching Hour lyrically and evocatively explores what happens in communities when difference becomes dangerous, and folk culture–as practiced by herbalists, midwives, women landowners, and indentured servants–clashes with Puritan hierarchical authority.