Judy Dworin Performance Project

Moving for Change Since 1989.

As we continue to confront COVID-19 and embrace the anti-racism call to action spurred by the terrible death of George Floyd, Judy Dworin Performance Project (JDPP) is committed internally and externally to use the arts in fresh ways to express and communicate both what has been, and a responsive vision of what can be. As we continue to find new ways to reach out to our program participants and the larger community, we do so knowing that the power of the arts keeps us grounded, connected and resilient. Through our social media platforms, we are providing arts activities and participatory viewing experiences that release the imagination, bring further awareness to critical issues, and encourage thoughtful and healing participation. We do this celebrating the dignity of all, the wisdom of the body, the deep reflective capacity of the mind and the belief that the arts are key in supporting our wellbeing. We continue to deeply re-examine and reimagine knowing that in our dimmest moments the arts provide light, inspiration and hope. We are now and always...Moving with and for Change. Join us!!


 

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On September 24 JDPP presents the second in our ongoing Response and a Call series of #blacklivesmatter online programs in support of racial justice. Members of the JDPP Ensemble and guest artists will perform dance, song, and spoken word, giving voice to the memory of John Lewis, the struggle for equal rights, and the end of systemic racism. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Thank you for sharing John Lewis memory and your own truths and stories. Inspiring and empowering. Strength and courage. All such beautiful souls. Thank you with much gratitude.

Alvin, your voice is so soothing and comforting ....great to listen to you and the words of John Lewis.

loved this. do more/ wonderful performers. sister and brothers in the struggle. anne walsh

Mellissa!

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Thank you Mellissa!

Neve Give UP!!

NEVER!!!

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Today Suzi reads "Lillian's Right to Vote" by Jonah Winter and Shane W. Evans. This is the story of an elderly African American woman, en route to vote, who remembers her family’s tumultuous voting history. ... See MoreSee Less

Join us for story time at 3 today! We will be reading "Lillian's Right to Vote" by Jonah Winter and Shane W. Evans. The story of an elderly African American woman, en route to vote, who remembers her family’s tumultuous voting history. ... See MoreSee Less

Join us for story time at 3 today! We will be reading Lillians Right to Vote by Jonah Winter and Shane W. Evans. The story of an elderly African American woman, en route to vote, who remembers her family’s tumultuous voting history.

Don't Miss It!‚ÄĒLive, September 24! ... See MoreSee Less

Dont Miss It!‚ÄĒLive, September 24!

Today is National Voter Registration Day! To celebrate JDPP has put together this video, the first in a series, addressing why we vote! To register, or to get information if you already are registered to vote, please visit vote.gov

Please tell us why YOU vote in the comments below!

Remember you can make a difference in your community, in your state, and in your country by voting!
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Join us Live on Facebook at 6:00 p.m., on September 24, as JDPP presents the second in our ongoing Response and a Call series of #blacklivesmatter online programs in support of racial justice. Members of the JDPP Ensemble and guest artists will perform dance, song, and spoken word, giving voice to the memory of John Lewis, the struggle for equal rights, and the end of systemic racism. ... See MoreSee Less

In this moment,
we are all being asked to improvise, because there is no precedent for what we are experiencing. Everything can, and does, change in a moment.

When our communities are hurting from illness, job loss, food insecurity, political and racial injustice, art is what allows the human spirit to prevail. Art is what gives voice to our community’s pain. Art is empowerment. Art is healing, resilience, discovery, hope, and change. Art is the moment, and deserves our support as a basic human right.

This fall, we need to raise $20,000 to keep our programs going. Please give a gift today give.judydworin.org/give/300327/#!/donation/checkout
Music: Dryness by Ketsa
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Robin Cullen who was one of the 8 honorees welcomed into the new Connecticut Hall of Change last night recognizing exemplary accomplishments of returning citizens in our communities, has been a wonderful member of the JDPP family since 2005. Performer in numerous pieces focusing on incarceration; teaching artist in our Cybulski CI Dads & Kids program and York CI Moms & Kids and I AM programs, board member, and incredible support and advocate for those in prison and returning from prison and for JDPP among her many other activities, Robin has been and is amazing. We are so fortunate to have connected with her to be part of the talk back after our first prison performance piece, Time In, at Charter Oak Cultural Center, and it has been such a deep and beautiful journey together since. I cannot think of a better person to receive this honor. So many congratulations and bravos Robin!!! ... See MoreSee Less

Robin Cullen who was one of the 8 honorees welcomed into the new Connecticut Hall of Change last night recognizing exemplary accomplishments of returning citizens in our communities, has been a wonderful member of the JDPP family since 2005. Performer in numerous pieces focusing on incarceration; teaching artist in our Cybulski CI Dads & Kids program and York CI Moms & Kids and I AM programs, board member, and incredible support and advocate for those in prison and returning from prison and for JDPP among her many other activities, Robin has been and is amazing. We are so fortunate to have connected with her to be part of the talk back after our first prison performance piece, Time In, at Charter Oak Cultural Center, and it has been such a deep and beautiful journey together since. I cannot think of a better person to receive this honor. So many congratulations and bravos Robin!!!

 

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Beyond grateful for this award and the love and support from so many of you through the years! Thank you all so very much! ‚ėģÔłŹūüíú

Congratulations Robin

So well deserved. Congratulations!!!!

well deserved! and belated happy birthday!!

one of the best of the best, blessed to have shared space with you ūüíē

Warmest congratulations, Robin!

This is the link to the ceremony. Congratulations to my fellow recipients!!! www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2380991032207131&extid=OERKjTd8JeCxOctU

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On September 24 JDPP presents the second in our ongoing Response and a Call series of #blacklivesmatter online programs in support of racial justice. Members of the JDPP Ensemble and guest artists will perform dance, song, and spoken word, giving voice to the memory of John Lewis, the struggle for equal rights, and the end of systemic racism. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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I waited till 6:15 and nothing happened. Did something go wrong? or was the problem mine?

Still hoping at 6:30 and the message is still saying "going live soon" I think I'll give up.

Join us for "Giant Steps to Change the World" live at 3:00 p.m. today! Academy Award nominated director Spike Lee, and his talented wife Tonya Lewis Lee offer up an inspirational picture book about activism and taking the big steps to set things right set to beautiful illustrations by the award-winning Sean Qualls. Using examples of people throughout history who have taken "giant steps", this book urges kids to follow in their footsteps and not be hindered by fear or a sense that you are not good enough. Despite the challenges, even the smallest step can change the world. So, what's your next step going to be? ... See MoreSee Less

Join us for "Giant Steps to Change the World" live at 3:00 p.m. today! Academy Award nominated director Spike Lee, and his talented wife Tonya Lewis Lee offer up an inspirational picture book about activism and taking the big steps to set things right set to beautiful illustrations by the award-winning Sean Qualls. Using examples of people throughout history who have taken "giant steps", this book urges kids to follow in their footsteps and not be hindered by fear or a sense that you are not good enough. Despite the challenges, even the smallest step can change the world. So, what's your next step going to be? ... See MoreSee Less

Join us for Giant Steps to Change the World live at 3:00 p.m. today! Academy Award nominated director Spike Lee, and his talented wife Tonya Lewis Lee offer up an inspirational picture book about activism and taking the big steps to set things right set to beautiful illustrations by the award-winning Sean Qualls. Using examples of people throughout history who have taken giant steps, this book urges kids to follow in their footsteps and not be hindered by fear or a sense that you are not good enough. Despite the challenges, even the smallest step can change the world. So, whats your next step going to be?

Today is National Coloring Day!! Have fun enjoying this fun and calming Mandala coloring sheet! ... See MoreSee Less

Today is National Coloring Day!! Have fun enjoying this fun and calming Mandala coloring sheet!

National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson and two-time Pura Belpré Illustrator Award winner Rafael López have teamed up to create a poignant, yet heartening book about finding courage to connect, even when you feel scared and alone. ... See MoreSee Less

Hear what audiences are saying about the ColorFields video premiere! If you missed the video you can find it on our YouTube liked here: youtu.be/Gt9wZDo3nOw ... See MoreSee Less

Today we are reading Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller ... See MoreSee Less

Have fun creating these awesome Kindness Rocks with JDPP teaching artist Lauren! Feel free to leave your rocks outside for others to see and enjoy!

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Create your very own inspirational Kindness Rocks with JDPP Teaching Artist Lauren Ellish!
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Don't miss your chance to experience ColorFields video premiere LIVE and participate in a talkback afterwards with Judy Dworin and the Ensemble!

ColorFields: A Dance Theater piece in process inspired by Abstract Expressionist Painter Helen Frankenthaler

A short feature video premiere

JDPP Ensemble dancers explore how Helen Frankenthaler’s interest in nature and the improvisational moment inspire and interact to become works of art, making the beautiful grounds of Hill-Stead an active, living element of the performance.

August 27, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.

Performed by the JDPP Ensemble under the artistic direction of Judy Dworin

Filmed on location at Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington CT
In partnership with the New Britain Museum of American Art and in cooperation with the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation
Videography by Mindspin LLC
Music by Daniel Birch

Live talk-back on Zoom with Judy Dworin and the JDPP Ensemble will follow the premiere!
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Dont miss your chance to experience ColorFields video premiere LIVE and participate in a talkback afterwards with Judy Dworin and the Ensemble! 

ColorFields: A Dance Theater piece in process inspired by Abstract Expressionist Painter Helen Frankenthaler
 
A short feature video premiere  

JDPP Ensemble dancers explore how Helen Frankenthaler’s interest in nature and the improvisational moment inspire and interact to become works of art, making the beautiful grounds of Hill-Stead an active, living element of the performance. 

August 27, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.

Performed by the JDPP Ensemble under the artistic direction of Judy Dworin 

Filmed on location at Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington CT 
In partnership with the New Britain Museum of American Art and in cooperation with the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation 
Videography by Mindspin LLC 
Music by Daniel Birch 

Live talk-back on Zoom with Judy Dworin and the JDPP Ensemble will follow the premiere!

 

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What is the link?

Bravo! Such an amazing performance! The dancers became one with the landscape. I so appreciated their beautiful dancing and how they made the landscape come alive!

To join the live post-performance talkback please email info@judydworin.org to be added to our newsletter!

Discovering Your Own Space! Please enjoy this calming movement exercise from Judy Dworin.

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Join Executive and Artistic Director Judy Dworin as she leads you through a calming kinesphere exercise. This is is wonderful way to begin the day or unwind at the end of it. Great for all ages!

Music: Equilibrium by Christopher of the Wolves. JDPP does not own the rights to this music.
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Funders:     Beatrice Fox Auerbach Foundation Fund at Hartford Foundation for Public Giving     The Darlene J Bailey Charitable Trust through Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund          J. Walton Bissell Foundation, Inc.                    Digel Family Foundation     Ensworth Charitable Foundation               Ellen Jeanne Goldfarb Memorial Charitable Trust through Trinity College               Isabella's Pink Bus     George A. and Grace L. Long Foundation          Sharon R. O’Meara Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving     Stewart B. McKinney Foundation                         Charles Nelson Robinson Fund               Watkinson Prisoners Aid Society               Sponsors:     BlumShapiro     Budwitz & Meyerjack P.C.     Hardman Law Offices     GeoQuest, Inc.     Roger’s Fine Liquors     Yankee Discount Liquor     … and a huge THANK YOU to the many Friends who have supported JDPP over the years!