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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Great news! JDPP's documentary with Connecticut Public "Making Me Whole: Prison, Art & Healing" is available to watch on their website until December 2021! If you haven't had the chance to check it out, here is the link! cptv.org/making-me-whole/ ... See MoreSee Less

Great news! JDPPs documentary with Connecticut Public Making Me Whole: Prison, Art & Healing is available to watch on their website until December 2021! If you havent had the chance to check it out, here is the link! https://cptv.org/making-me-whole/

It's Story Time! Today we are reading LOVE by Matt De La Peña and illustrated by Loren Long. LOVE tells the story of the importance of love in a young child's life. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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One of my favorites!

On Wednesday JDPP Artistic & Executive Director, Judy Dworin will be participating in a Virtual Gallery Talk about JDPP's partnership with New Britain Museum of American Art and ColorFields. Registration is required. nbmaa.org/events/virtual-gallery-talk-colorfields ... See MoreSee Less

JDPP Executive & Artistic Director, Judy Dworin is delighted to join the advisory board of the Justice Arts Coalition

April is #SecondChanceMonth.
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JDPP Executive & Artistic Director, Judy Dworin is delighted to join the advisory board of the Justice Arts Coalition

April is #SecondChanceMonth.

As Women’s History Month 2021 comes to a close, we at JDPP know that the fight for the end of gender-based discrimination and true gender equality is just beginning. Join us as we stand for the rights of all girls and women everywhere. ... See MoreSee Less

As Women’s History Month 2021 comes to a close, we at JDPP know that the fight for the end of gender-based discrimination and true gender equality is just beginning. Join us as we stand for the rights of all girls and women everywhere.

Tonight's the night! This event is free to attend, but you do need to register! give.judydworin.org/event/colorfields-a-gallery-of-dances-preview-fundraiser/e321716 ... See MoreSee Less

Today for Story Time, in honor of Women's History Month we are reading Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Paris Rosenthal's sweet book 'Dear Girl'! The story, is a love letter written for the special girl in your life; a gentle reminder that she’s powerful, strong, and holds a valuable place in the world.

Through Amy and Paris’s charming text and Holly Hatam’s stunning illustrations, any girl reading this book will feel that she's great just the way she is—whether she enjoys jumping in a muddy puddle, has a face full of freckles, or dances on table tops.

Dear Girl, encourages girls to always be themselves and to love who they are—inside and out.
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Great read, Suzi!😍

New England Ballet Theatre of ConnecticutOur March 13th performance will feature a compelling interview that has been provided by Judy Dworin Performance Project, Inc..

Purchase your ticket to Ballet Speaks today, ticket link in bio. www.neballettheatre.com/balletspeaks

For more information on JDPP, please visit their website www.judydworin.org

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A great opportunity for individuals in the Greater Waterbury area! www.mhconn.org/MOVEExplore the benefits of movement and strengthen your mental health by joining this 10-week experience, led by our friends at the Judy Dworin Performance Project, Inc. No prior movement training is required.

Moving Stories is an artistic workshop open to all adults (18 and over) in the Greater Waterbury area. This FREE workshop is designed to improve the mental health and wellness of individuals seeking new avenues of healing. Visit mhconn.org/MOVE #danceconnecticut #movement
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A great opportunity for individuals in the Greater Waterbury area! www.mhconn.org/MOVE

Response and a Call Being Seen: Performing Black and White...LIVE NOW! ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Great job ladies. Daring and Endearing. Two things that don’t always find themselves at the same dinner table (I liked that one). Tay did you have to bring up my Motown singing!!

Inspirational!

So moving.

XOXO

For those of you watching feel free to type any questions or comments here and they will be shared with the performers in a talk-back at the end.

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Ballet Speaks: Against Domestic Violence is a ballet performance honoring domestic violence victims and survivors through the art of dance.

Don't miss this beautiful and important evening of dance and awareness!
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Today on Story Time we are reading You Name is a Song by Jamilah Tompkins-Bigelow! Frustrated by a day full of teachers and classmates mispronouncing her beautiful name, a little girl tells her mother she never wants to come back to school. In response, the girl's mother teaches her about the musicality of African, Asian, Black-American, Latinx, and Middle Eastern names on their lyrical walk home through the city. Empowered by this newfound understanding, the young girl is ready to return the next day to share her knowledge with her class. Your Name is a Song is a celebration to remind all of us about the beauty, history, and magic behind names. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Suzi, that was fabulous, thank you!!!

Today on Story Time we are reading You Name is a Song by Jamilah Tompkins-Bigelow! Join us at 3! ... See MoreSee Less

Today on Story Time we are reading You Name is a Song by Jamilah Tompkins-Bigelow! Join us at 3!

Last month we introduced you to Daniel Birch Music, who will be composing the music for JDPP's newest work ColorFields! Today, hear from Daniel himself as he describes his process on creating music with JDPP!
The music heard in this video is Spanish Guitar and Voice on Microcassette by Daniel Birch.
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Congratulations to Victoria Steele for being added to Community Partners in Action's Board! Victoria has been a longtime guest performer with JDPP!We’re pleased to announce Vicky Steele as a new Board Member of CPA. Vicky brings a range of experience to our mission and work, including as a previous CPA Peer Mentor, as a Mental Health Assistant at Connecticut Valley Hospital, and as an Outreach Recovery Coach, not to mention a range of certifications and trainings. Please join us in welcoming Vicky! ... See MoreSee Less

Congratulations to Victoria Steele for being added to Community Partners in Actions Board! Victoria has been a longtime guest performer with JDPP!

 

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Omg congratulations!!! The perfect person for the job!! So proud of you Victoria Steele ❤️

Congratulations Vickie!! You are a true inspiration!!🙏✨💕

Yesssssss Victoria Steele so very proud of you 🙏🏽❤️🥰💪🏽💯

Today we are continuing with books honoring Black History Month! A child reflects on the meaning of being Black in this moving and powerful anthem about a people, a culture, a history, and a legacy that lives on. 'Black is a Rainbow Color' was written by Angela Joy and illustrated by Ekua Holmes,. ... See MoreSee Less

Join us Friday, 2/26 for the third installment in our 'Response and a Call' series! This event is free but please visit give.judydworin.org/BeingSeen to register. ... See MoreSee Less

As part of their Black History Month Celebration, The Amistad Center for Art & Culture collaborated with JDPP to present the following performance of Dark Skin Like Night Fall. <3

The Amistad Center for Art & Culture
In celebration of Black History Month, The Amistad Center presents Dark Skin Like Nightfall in collaboration with the Judy Dworin Performance Project.
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Dark Skin Like Night Fall was written by Shaquima Dozier when she was a program participant in JDPP's performance residency at York Correctional Institution in Niantic, CT. She now lives in CT with her three children. The following is a conversation with Shaquima about the creation, performance, and evolution of the poem.

Inspired by Shaquima’s words, in 2019, JDPP Ensemble member Raechel Manga developed choreography under the direction of Judy Dworin joined by JDPP Ensemble member Mellissa Craig speaking the text. The piece premiered at Hartford Stage in December 2019 in an evening celebrating JDPP’s 30th anniversary titled She Speaks Her Peace”. The accompanying music is "With Rainy Eyes" by Emancipator.
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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!