Judy Dworin Performance Project

Moving for Change Since 1989.

Judy Dworin Performance Project (JDPP) harnesses the arts as a powerful change agent and catalyst for collaboration and community. JDPP’s performances and residencies create spaces that release the imagination and allow deep reflection, constructive action and out of the box exploration of self and society. We celebrate the dignity of all beings, the wisdom of the body, the deep reflective capacity of the mind and the hopeful possibility that through the arts we can together work for and create a more positive world for the present moment and the future. In the darkest places we find inspiration and hope. Come join us!


 

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We love our Ensemble member and Teaching Artist Mellissa Craig!MLK Day of Dance, Artist Spotlight - MELLISSA CRAIG

Mellissa Noluthando is teaching a Stilts class on Monday, January 20th!

Register today at www.ctdanceall.org and if you plan on taking her class, please remember to bring sneakers!

Mellissa is a first generation American; born to Jamaican parents. She is an accomplished dancer in Modern, African, and Caribbean folk forms, as well as a trained Stilt walker. She is a native of Hartford, CT and a graduate of Trinity College. Mellissa is currently employed by the Capital Region Education Council (CREC) as a Core Faculty member at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Full Day and Half Day High School programs. There, she teaches, dance, theater and stilt walking and also assists in Arts curriculum development. In addition to being a JDPP Ensemble member, Mellissa has been a lead teacher for classes and residencies for the Moving Matters! and Bridging Boundaries programs. She is also a current company member and teaching artist for two other professional companies—FriendZWorldMusic, and Island Reflections Dance Theatre Company. She is the proud mother of one son, DeAndre, and has plans for the future to one day open her own stilt walking company in the Hartford area. Mellissa’s personal philosophy: “I am dedicated to using the arts to make the world a brighter and more enlightened place to live.” with Mellissa Noluthando
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We love our Ensemble member and Teaching Artist Mellissa Craig!

 

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Thank You for An Amazing Year!!! As 2019 draws to a close, we want to say thank you for being part of a beautiful story.

If you would like to help us close our 30th anniversary year and launch a brand-new decade, please make a gift to support our programs. Thank you for your unique and important role in our collective story as it continues into the next decade. squareup.com/store/judy-dworin-performance-project-inc

With best wishes for a happy, healthy, and peaceful new year, from all of us at JDPP
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Thank You for An Amazing Year!!! As 2019 draws to a close, we want to say thank you for being part of a beautiful story. 

If you would like to help us close our 30th anniversary year and launch a brand-new decade, please make a gift to support our programs. Thank you for your unique and important role in our collective story as it continues into the next decade. https://squareup.com/store/judy-dworin-performance-project-inc

With best wishes for a happy, healthy, and peaceful new year, from all of us at JDPP

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Out of the office for JDPP’s annual Holiday Lunch!

 

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Happy Holidays ladies! Thank you for the wonderful work you do 🙏

Merry Christmas and Happy New New Year Ladies 🎄

Such a crew. Miss y'all so much. Love and hugs.

Dream team! Happy holidays beautiful ladies!

Fabulous photo!

Happy holidays! Great photos

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Wonderful night… Wonderful year… Wonderful you! Thank you for traveling with us on this journey, and best wishes for a joy-filled new year! ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Congratulations to everyone at JDPP for an extraordinary achievement!

Thank you for creating this journey for us to enjoy and reflect. The anniversary show was special. Thank you!

Today is the day! Join in the global day of GIVING and help support JDPP’s work in the communities we love ❤️ squareup.com/store/judy-dworin-performance-project-inc ... See MoreSee Less

Today is the day! Join in the global day of GIVING and help support JDPP’s work in the communities we love ❤️  https://squareup.com/store/judy-dworin-performance-project-inc

On behalf of everyone from JDPP we are wishing you a holiday filled with peace and love. We are so thankful to all of our supporters and overjoyed to share our 30 years with you! ... See MoreSee Less

On behalf of everyone from JDPP we are wishing you a holiday filled with peace and love. We are so thankful to all of our supporters and overjoyed to share our 30 years with you!

We are so excited that our 30th Anniversary production, She Speaks Her Peace, is only TWO WEEKS AWAY! Don't miss your chance to this incredible body of work, get your tickets today before they are gone! jdpp-sshp.eventbrite.com ... See MoreSee Less

We are so excited that our 30th Anniversary production, She Speaks Her Peace, is only TWO WEEKS AWAY! Dont miss your chance to this incredible body of work, get your tickets today before they are gone! https://jdpp-sshp.eventbrite.com

 

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Can’t wait!!

THROWBACK THURSDAY! Celebrate 30 Years with JDPP! ¿dónde estás? emerged after a meeting with Chilean poet and human rights activist Marjorie Agosín whose poems inspired Judy to make a trip to Chile and Argentina to meet the Mothers of the Disappeared. These brave women protested the disappearance of their children and loved ones in the military coups in their countries in the late 1970’s and early 80’s. ¿dónde estás? captured the deep feeling and drama of that time in a riveting portrayal of courage against tyranny. ... See MoreSee Less

THROWBACK THURSDAY! Celebrate 30 Years with JDPP! ¿dónde estás? emerged after a meeting with Chilean poet and human rights activist Marjorie Agosín whose poems inspired Judy to make a trip to Chile and Argentina to meet the Mothers of the Disappeared. These brave women protested the disappearance of their children and loved ones in the military coups in their countries in the late 1970’s and early 80’s. ¿dónde estás?  captured the deep feeling and drama of that time in a riveting portrayal of courage against tyranny.

#GivingTuesday is less than a month away!

Your support for #GivingTuesday helps JDPP make change every day. You can help by
• Donating early, and letting your friends know
• Starting a Facebook donation drive, and challenging your friends by matching their gifts with your own
• Sharing this post and telling #yourgivingstory

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#GivingTuesday is less than a month away! 

Your support for #GivingTuesday helps JDPP make change every day. You can help by
• Donating early, and letting your friends know 
• Starting a Facebook donation drive, and challenging your friends by matching their gifts with your own
• Sharing this post and telling #YourGivingStory

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Did you miss Judy Dworin, Kathy Borteck Gersten, and Lisa Matias this morning on Where We Live? No worries tune in tonight to the replay at 7:00 p.m. on Connecticut Public Radio or listen to the podcast here: omny.fm/shows/where-we-live/celebrating-30-years-of-connecticuts-judy-dworin-p

And don't forget to purchase your tickets to JDPP's 30th Anniversary performance She Speaks Her Peace! Premiering at Hartford Stage Monday, December 9! jdpp-sshp.eventbrite.com

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Did you miss Judy Dworin, Kathy Borteck Gersten, and Lisa Matias this morning on Where We Live? No worries tune in tonight to the replay at 7:00 p.m. on Connecticut Public Radio or listen to the podcast here: https://omny.fm/shows/where-we-live/celebrating-30-years-of-connecticuts-judy-dworin-p

And dont forget to purchase your tickets to JDPPs 30th Anniversary performance She Speaks Her Peace! Premiering at Hartford Stage Monday, December 9! https://jdpp-sshp.eventbrite.com

Photos by Chion Wolf

Tune in to Where We Live on Connecticut Public Radio this Monday at 9:00 a.m. JDPP will be sitting down with Lucy Nalpathanchil to discuss She Speaks Her Peace and JDPP's 30-year history! ... See MoreSee Less

THROWBACK THURSDAY! Celebrate 30 Years with JDPP! Lighthouse was the piece that inspired the formation of the JDPP Ensemble and has returned in various incarnations in JDPP’s history. Focusing on light that provides pathways in the darkness, it was performed at Trinity and at Baltimore Theater Project to great acclaim with the audience sitting on the stage and the performance happening in and among the seats of the house and on the stage apron. Rehearsals for the piece occurred at lighthouse sites on Block Island and Vinalhaven Maine! In 2015 it was reimagined for the traditional stage as it warned us of impending domination by technology and suggested rekindling the light of human connection. ... See MoreSee Less

THROWBACK THURSDAY! Celebrate 30 Years with JDPP! Lighthouse was the piece that inspired the formation of the JDPP Ensemble and has returned in various incarnations in JDPP’s history. Focusing on light that provides pathways in the darkness, it was performed at Trinity and at Baltimore Theater Project to great acclaim with the audience sitting on the stage and the performance happening in and among the seats of the house and on the stage apron. Rehearsals for the piece occurred at lighthouse sites on Block Island and Vinalhaven Maine! In 2015 it was reimagined for the traditional stage as it warned us of impending domination by technology and suggested rekindling the light of human connection.

Today is World Kindness Day! Take a moment to be kind to yourself, to a stranger, to your coworkers, family, friends, and fellow artists! Take in a show, admire a painting, do a dance with your favorite furry dog or cat! Just be KIND—today and everyday <3 ... See MoreSee Less

Today is World Kindness Day! Take a moment to be kind to yourself, to a stranger, to your coworkers, family, friends, and fellow artists! Take in a show, admire a painting, do a dance with your favorite furry dog or cat! Just be KIND—today and everyday

#GivingTuesday is a global movement for individuals, companies, organizations, and communities around the world to come together to support the causes they believe in.
Your support for #GivingTuesday helps JDPP make change every day. squareup.com/store/judy-dworin-performance-project-inc
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#GivingTuesday is a global movement for individuals, companies, organizations, and communities around the world to come together to support the causes they believe in.
Your support for #GivingTuesday helps JDPP make change every day. https://squareup.com/store/judy-dworin-performance-project-inc

She Speaks Her Peace is only ONE month away and tickets are going fast! For this week only use code 10SSHP for 10% off your General Admission Ticket purchase! This offer expires Sunday, November 17 at 11:59 p.m. jdpp-sshp.eventbrite.com ... See MoreSee Less

She Speaks Her Peace is only ONE month away and tickets are going fast! For this week only use code 10SSHP for 10% off your General Admission Ticket purchase! This offer expires Sunday, November 17 at 11:59 p.m. https://jdpp-sshp.eventbrite.com

 

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I bought tickets last week!! Can’t wait!❤️

Sue Zdebski

Happy Halloween from JDPP! Our Deviled Egg (Suzi Jensen) and Poe's Raven (Jennifer Eifrig) are wishing you a night full of treats and no tricks! ... See MoreSee Less

Happy Halloween from JDPP! Our Deviled Egg (Suzi Jensen) and Poes Raven (Jennifer Eifrig) are wishing you a night full of treats and no tricks!

 

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Love these costumes (and the ladies in them!)💕

Hi Suzi!!

FLAWLESS.

Hahah

THROWBACK THURSDAY! Celebrate 30 Years with JDPP! "The sweeping movements. The provocative bursts of silence. The darkness. The fear and loathing. The sinister conspiracies. The vulnerability of the victims. The subject matter of The Witching Hour seems appropriate to Halloweentime — except for the fact that the show's protagonist, 17th century Wethersfield landowner Katherine Harrison, wasn't really a witch. She was just accused of being one.” —Chris Arnott Hartford Courant 2013.

JDPP’s award-winning work explored the little-known predecessor to the Salem witch trials in our very own Hartford region.
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THROWBACK THURSDAY! Celebrate 30 Years with JDPP! The sweeping movements. The provocative bursts of silence. The darkness. The fear and loathing. The sinister conspiracies. The vulnerability of the victims. The subject matter of The Witching Hour seems appropriate to Halloweentime — except for the fact that the shows protagonist, 17th century Wethersfield landowner Katherine Harrison, wasnt really a witch. She was just accused of being one.” —Chris Arnott Hartford Courant 2013. 

JDPP’s award-winning work explored the little-known predecessor to the Salem witch trials in our very own Hartford region.

 

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I love this story and how it is told by the JDPP!!🙏💙

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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!