Judy Dworin Performance Project

Moving for Change Since 1989.

In this stressful time of COVID-19, Judy Dworin Performance Project (JDPP) is finding new and unexpected ways to reach out to our program participants and the larger community, utilizing the power of the arts to keep us grounded, connected and resilient. We are moving online through our social media platforms to offer arts activities and participatory viewing experiences that release the imagination and allow thoughtful enjoyment as we all adapt to a new way of being. We continue to celebrate the dignity of all, the wisdom of the body, the deep reflective capacity of the mind and the awareness that the arts are a key in supporting our wellbeing through this time and always. In the dimmest moments of this experience we are here to provide light, inspiration and hope. Come join us!!


 

Facebook Posts

Join JDPP Teaching Artist Lisa Matias as she leads us all in a fun and easy movement activity! Sometimes we don't get along or think that we have nothing in common with someone else, but a kind word or action can soften those moments and music can help bring us all together! ... See MoreSee Less

 

Comment on Facebook

❤️❤️❤️

JDPP's Programming Coordinator, Suzi Jensen, reads "And to Think That We Thought That We'd Never Be Friends". Deliberately paying homage to Dr. Seuss, the books rhyming verses takes on quarreling and its consequences, and shows how turning fighters into friends leads to greater peace. It all starts with a fighting brother and sister, who make up with the help of another sibling. When the family begins fighting with their noisy neighbors, it’s music that brings them together. Soon the whole town is marching in a parade, and eventually the parade swells to include the whole country, and even the animals. By the end of this optimistic picture book, the whole world is united in friendship. ... See MoreSee Less

JDPP ensemble members Raechel Manga and Taylor Zappone participate in Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art #SculptureintheCity !

William Turnbull’s sculptures of horses feel both familiar and alien. In his words, when depicting horses, “what interests me…is how the part can represent the whole. I mean that when you see the horse’s head you feel the whole horse…And when I make horses’ heads…it’s always been with the idea of having a metaphoric quality.” ⁣⁣
⁣⁣
From a side view, the sculpture resembles an adze—a tool similar to an axe. For Turnbull, the adze was an everyday object that had similar qualities to a horse’s head. Take a closer look at an object in your daily life. Can you see something new in it? ⁣⁣⁣
⁣⁣⁣
Stop by 600 Main Street to engage with outdoor sculpture and architecture on and around the museum grounds. Follow the interactive prompts and share your #sculptureinthecity visit on social media. ⁣
⁣⁣⁣
Visit thewadsworth.org/sculpture-in-the-city/ for the virtual experience, and remember to keep a safe distance from each other and the art when you visit. Thank you for helping us protect our collection and our community.⁣⁣⁣
⁣⁣⁣
⁣⁣⁣
William Turnbull (Scottish, 1922–2012), “Large Horse,” 1990. Bronze. Courtesy of the Turnbull Studio Installation view; Dance segments by the sculptures are performed by members of the Judy Dworin Performance Project (JDPP) Ensemble.⁣⁣⁣
⁣⁣⁣
#socialmediaday #museumfromhome #thewadsworth

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
William Turnbull’s sculptures of horses feel both familiar and alien. In his words, when depicting horses, “what interests me…is how the part can represent the whole. I mean that when you see the horse’s head you feel the whole horse…And when I make horses’ heads…it’s always been with the idea of having a metaphoric quality.” ⁣⁣
⁣⁣
From a side view, the sculpture resembles an adze—a tool similar to an axe. For Turnbull, the adze was an everyday object that had similar qualities to a horse’s head. Take a closer look at an object in your daily life. Can you see something new in it? ⁣⁣⁣
⁣⁣⁣
Stop by 600 Main Street to engage with outdoor sculpture and architecture on and around the museum grounds. Follow the interactive prompts and share your #sculptureinthecity visit on social media. ⁣
⁣⁣⁣
Visit thewadsworth.org/sculpture-in-the-city/ for the virtual experience, and remember to keep a safe distance from each other and the art when you visit. Thank you for helping us protect our collection and our community.⁣⁣⁣
⁣⁣⁣
⁣⁣⁣
William Turnbull (Scottish, 1922–2012), “Large Horse,” 1990. Bronze. Courtesy of the Turnbull Studio Installation view; Dance segments by the sculptures are performed by members of the Judy Dworin Performance Project (JDPP) Ensemble.⁣⁣⁣
⁣⁣⁣
#socialmediaday #museumfromhome #thewadsworth ⁣
... See MoreSee Less

Today at 3 p.m. JDPP's Programming Coordinator, Suzi Jensen, reads "And to Think That We Thought That We'd Never Be Friends". Deliberately paying homage to Dr. Seuss, the books rhyming verses takes on quarreling and its consequences, and shows how turning fighters into friends leads to greater peace. It all starts with a fighting brother and sister, who make up with the help of another sibling. When the family begins fighting with their noisy neighbors, it’s music that brings them together. Soon the whole town is marching in a parade, and eventually the parade swells to include the whole country, and even the animals. By the end of this optimistic picture book, the whole world is united in friendship. ... See MoreSee Less

Today at 3 p.m. JDPPs Programming Coordinator, Suzi Jensen, reads And to Think That We Thought That Wed Never Be Friends. Deliberately paying homage to Dr. Seuss, the books rhyming verses takes on quarreling and its consequences, and shows how turning fighters into friends leads to greater peace. It all starts with a fighting brother and sister, who make up with the help of another sibling. When the family begins fighting with their noisy neighbors, it’s music that brings them together. Soon the whole town is marching in a parade, and eventually the parade swells to include the whole country, and even the animals. By the end of this optimistic picture book, the whole world is united in friendship.

This segment features JDPP Ensemble member's movement explorations in nature as part of the rehearsal process for "ColorFields." The short commentaries by ensemble members is from our most recent virtual open rehearsal.

“ColorFields” is a new site-specific dance theater piece inspired by the work of abstract expressionist painter Helen Frankenthaler, in partnership with New Britain Museum of American Art, and in cooperation with the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation.
... See MoreSee Less

This segment features JDPP Ensemble member's movement explorations in nature as part of the rehearsal process for "ColorFields." The short commentaries by ensemble members is from our most recent virtual open rehearsal.

“ColorFields” is a new site-specific dance theater piece inspired by the work of abstract expressionist painter Helen Frankenthaler, in partnership with New Britain Museum of American Art, and in cooperation with the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation.
... See MoreSee Less

 

Comment on Facebook

Beautiful ladies!💚🌳🌱🌿

Amazing!

Haley Fabrycki Mellissa Noluthando your segments are included!

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.
... See MoreSee Less

 

Comment on Facebook

Wonderful guided meditation!❤️

Join JDPP Programming Coordinator, Suzi Jensen, Live on Facebook this Wednesday, June 24 at 3:00 p.m. for Story Time! This week Suzi will be reading "Dancing Through Fields of Color: The Story of Helen Frankenthaler". Learn more about this incredible artist, whose work is the inspiration for JDPP's newest dance/theater production, through this fun and beautifully illustrated children's book. ... See MoreSee Less

Join JDPP Programming Coordinator, Suzi Jensen, Live on Facebook this Wednesday, June 24 at 3:00 p.m. for Story Time! This week Suzi will be reading "Dancing Through Fields of Color: The Story of Helen Frankenthaler". Learn more about this incredible artist, whose work is the inspiration for JDPP's newest dance/theater production, through this fun and beautifully illustrated children's book. ... See MoreSee Less

Join JDPP Programming Coordinator, Suzi Jensen, Live on Facebook this Wednesday, June 24 at 3:00 p.m. for Story Time! This week Suzi will be reading Dancing Through Fields of Color: The Story of Helen Frankenthaler. Learn more about this incredible artist, whose work is the inspiration for JDPPs newest dance/theater production, through this fun and beautifully illustrated childrens book.

JDPP Ensemble members participate in Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art "Sculpture in the City"

Have you heard? "Sculpture in the City", a community-centered initiative inviting you to experience the great art and architecture in Hartford, has launched. Stop by the Wadsworth to engage with outdoor sculpture on and near the museum grounds, and the architecture of our five connected buildings, then share your #sculptureinthecity experience⁣⁣⁣.
⁣⁣⁣
Visit thewadsworth.org/sculpture-in-the-city for more information.

⁣Remember to keep a safe distance from each other and the art when you visit. Thank you for helping us protect our collection and our community.⁣⁣

Conrad Shawcross (British, born 1977), “Monolith (Optic),” 2016. Galvanized and stainless steel. Private collection. Installation view; Dance segments by the sculptures are performed by members of the Judy Dworin Performance Project (JDPP) Ensemble.⁣
#thewadsworth #museumfromhome

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
Have you heard? "Sculpture in the City", a community-centered initiative inviting you to experience the great art and architecture in Hartford, has launched. Stop by the Wadsworth to engage with outdoor sculpture on and near the museum grounds, and the architecture of our five connected buildings, then share your #sculptureinthecity experience⁣⁣⁣.
⁣⁣⁣
Visit thewadsworth.org/sculpture-in-the-city for more information.
⁣⁣⁣

⁣Remember to keep a safe distance from each other and the art when you visit. Thank you for helping us protect our collection and our community.⁣⁣

Conrad Shawcross (British, born 1977), “Monolith (Optic),” 2016. Galvanized and stainless steel. Private collection. Installation view; Dance segments by the sculptures are performed by members of the Judy Dworin Performance Project (JDPP) Ensemble.⁣
#thewadsworth #museumfromhome
... See MoreSee Less

Join JDPP teaching artist Lesanne Bird as she sings 'I See a Rainbow' ... See MoreSee Less

In recognition of Juneteenth, JDPP would like to share this segement in which JDPP ensemble member and teaching artist Mellissa Craig introduces "Response and a Call: Story of Joan"

Performed by: Mellissa Craig
Text by: Judy Dworin
Songs: performed by Leslie Bird and included "Work Song" by Leslie Bird; "Hold on" (spiritual) and "Glory" by Jogn Legend.
... See MoreSee Less

Enjoy this fun movement activity narrated by Judy Dworin with Tracy and Daniella Lombardo. Grab a partner and find a space indoors or outside, great exercise while being socially distant. ... See MoreSee Less

This story literally unfolds as pages open dramatically, extending both outward and upward. Monica wants the moon to play with, so her Papa sets out to get it for her. It isn't easy to climb all the way to the moon, but he finally succeeds--only to find that the moon is too big to carry home! The way the problem is resolved is a joyful surprise. Illustrated. ... See MoreSee Less

In honor of Father's Day this weekend, we will be reading Eric Carle's 'Papa, Please Get the Moon For Me' today at 3:00 p.m. In the book, Monica wants the moon to play with, so her Papa sets out to get it for her. It isn't easy to climb all the way up to the moon, but he finally succeeds -- only to find that the moon is too big to carry home! The way in which this problem is solved is a joyful surprise. ... See MoreSee Less

In honor of Fathers Day this weekend, we will be reading Eric Carles Papa, Please Get the Moon For Me today at 3:00 p.m. In the book, Monica wants the moon to play with, so her Papa sets out to get it for her. It isnt easy to climb all the way up to the moon, but he finally succeeds -- only to find that the moon is too big to carry home! The way in which this problem is solved is a joyful surprise.

Join JDPP teaching artist Lesanne Bird as she sings 'I See the Light' ... See MoreSee Less

JDPP Teaching Artist Meghan McDermott leads a fun and easy movemnt activity based on the book "The Skin You Live In". ... See MoreSee Less

With the ease and simplicity of a nursery rhyme, this lively story delivers an important message of social acceptance to young readers. Themes associated with child development and social harmony, such as friendship, acceptance, self-esteem, and diversity are promoted in simple and straightforward prose. Vivid illustrations of children's activities for all cultures, such as swimming in the ocean, hugging, catching butterflies, and eating birthday cake are also provided. This delightful picturebook offers a wonderful venue through which parents and teachers can discuss important social concepts with their children. ... See MoreSee Less

Story time today has been postponed due to unforeseen circumstances, please join us tomorrow live at 3:00 p.m. when we reschedule today's book "The Skin You Live In" thank you! ... See MoreSee Less

Story time today has been postponed due to unforeseen circumstances, please join us tomorrow live at 3:00 p.m. when we reschedule todays book The Skin You Live In thank you!

"A Response and a Call" is an online performance by collaborating dance, song, and spoken word artists of the Judy Dworin Performance Project.

Conversation with the artists about how performing the work resonates with the current protests that are expanding throughout the country.

Join on Facebook Live TONIGHT at 6 PM to see works performed live and previously recorded performance footage as well as a Q&A with the artists!
... See MoreSee Less

 

Comment on Facebook

Hi everyone!

Les B do you have a headset in the computer?

Thank you with much gratitude and appreciation for sharing each of you with us. Sending many blessings to each of you individually and collectively. May we march forward towards change and unity and keep fighting with love and kindness.

What a good point to have these beautiful images to help counter the horrific ones. All the artistic expressions you four just offered help to ease that horror. And the beat in the music and the dance and the spoken word seemed like a background beat to all the continued marching. Thank you all.

Beautiful, heart warming, empowering, and powerful. Thank you for blessing us and sharing with us.With much gratitude.

I have another meeting this evening. Thank you again. Much love and heart hugs to each of you. Beautiful shares.

Thank you for sharing your vision for change, talents, passion and truth-telling! Your art touches my heart!

Thank you for organizing this, Judy, and thank you to these four brave women for sharing and teaching. ❤️

Thank you ladies for your performances and for speaking loud and clear and true.

What does better look like? What individual steps can we each take separately as well as together to continue the fight with love and kindness?

It is absolutely uncanny the way that piece seemed to predict the current moment. This is such a beautiful piece.

It was casual - when he looked up at the camera and knew he was on camera. Now a fair jury - remember when we got to the courhouse and still no justice

Good evening and thank you for sharing with us.

This was so important and beautiful! Thank you!💜

Love you all! Gorgeous work. Thank you ❤️

So wonderful, important and beautiful!!

Love you beautiful women! Beautifully done!

So beautiful...and important!! Love you ladies♥️♥️♥️

Loved these pieces in SSHP and they are so especially powerful now.

What an extraordinarily powerful piece!

Leslie can call one of you and speak on speaker so we can hear her

Sending love from Sacramento.

Lovely. Thank you Leslie.

So incredibly beautiful!!

Great performance.

+ View more comments

Explore Our Programs


Stay in touch.

Sign up for our e-newsletter.

Judy Dworin Performance Project, Inc. is a 501c(3) organization.

Our Funders and Sponsors


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!