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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Take a few minutes today with a loved one or friend and try out this fun Mirroring activity. Judy Dworin provides the narrative as JDPP Teaching Artist Tracy and her daughter Daniella provide the visual instruction!

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Judy Dworin narrates and JDPP Teaching Artist Tracy Lombardo, along with her daughter Daniella, demonstrate this easy and fun movement exercise that can be done while maintaining a safe and social distance!
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For our next activity in Mindful August we are sharing "Moments" taught here by JDPP Associate Artistic Director Kathy Borteck Gersten

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During this time of heightened anxiety and stress, it is so important to take time for yourself.

Moments, taught here by JDPP Associate Artistic Director Kathy Borteck Gersten, is a helpful way to begin or take time during your day to focus on your breath. Whether inside your bedroom, family room or outside in the yard feeling the connection to nature as well as the connection to all beings even when we have to be separated at this time.

In this Moment the breath fills the body with air and the mind with peace allowing us to feel the strength of our inner self and the support of the earth. As you stand tall feeling the ground, the floor, beneath your feet, take a deep breath in through your nose and as you exhale, letting the breath out, through your mouth, allow your knees to bend and feel your heart quietly beating.
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For the second activity of our Mindful August, please enjoy this replay of Programming Coordinator Suzi Jensen reading 'Breathe with Me'.

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Suzi Jensen, reads 'Breathe with Me'. When you're mad or worried or can't wake up in the morning, what can you do? Use the amazing superpower that you already have―breathing.
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To begin our month of grounding, mindfulness, and re-centering—please enjoy this Mandala! We would love for you to print in out, color it in and post the finished product here! ... See MoreSee Less

To begin our month of grounding, mindfulness, and re-centering—please enjoy this Mandala! We would love for you to print in out, color it in and post the finished product here!

 

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Thank you Suzi Jensen, JDPP Programming Coordinator, sharing your Mandala!

Robyn Genzano, our Director of Operations & Community Engagement, and her daughter share their Mandalas!

Join JDPP Teaching Artist Taylor Zappone as she leads a fun and easy movement activity for dancers of all abilities, sizes, and skill level! Based on the book Giraffes Can't Dance, this exercise will bring out the mover in all of us! ... See MoreSee Less

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art"Amaryllis" first appeared at the museum as a full-size plywood model in "Tony Smith: Two Exhibitions of Sculpture", the artist’s first solo exhibition. In 1967, a finished version of the sculpture, fabricated in steel and painted black, was purchased for the collection. The sculpture is made up of a series of triangular pyramids known as tetrahedrons. When you visit the museum, take a walk around it and notice how the form continually shifts. Try to mimic the shifting angles of the sculpture with your arms. Post a photo of your moves to #sculptureinthecity.⁣

Visit thewadsworth.org/sculpture-in-the-city/ to see views of "Amaryllis" over time and check out some neighborhood walking tours . ⁣

⁣⁣⁣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.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣


Dance segment by the sculpture is performed by members of the Judy Dworin Performance Project, Inc. (JDPP); Tony Smith (American, 1912-1980), “Amaryllis,” 1965. Painted steel, from an edition of 3. Purchased by exchange and with funds contributed by Joseph L. Shulman, 1967.2⁣
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Join us LIVE today at 3:00 p.m. for Story Time! 'Giraffes Can't Dance' is a touching tale of Gerald the giraffe, who wants nothing more than to dance. With crooked knees and thin legs, it's harder for a giraffe than you would think. Gerald is finally able to dance to his own tune when he gets some encouraging words from an unlikely friend. ... See MoreSee Less

Join us LIVE today at 3:00 p.m. for Story Time! 'Giraffes Can't Dance' is a touching tale of Gerald the giraffe, who wants nothing more than to dance. With crooked knees and thin legs, it's harder for a giraffe than you would think. Gerald is finally able to dance to his own tune when he gets some encouraging words from an unlikely friend. ... See MoreSee Less

Join us LIVE today at 3:00 p.m. for Story Time! Giraffes Cant Dance is a touching tale of Gerald the giraffe, who wants nothing more than to dance. With crooked knees and thin legs, its harder for a giraffe than you would think. Gerald is finally able to dance to his own tune when he gets some encouraging words from an unlikely friend.

Teaching Artist Heidi Klecak teaches an easy to learn dance to Lesanne's Obstacle Song! ... See MoreSee Less

Today we are reading Courageous People (Who Changed the World)! From the intrepid efforts of Susan B. Anthony to the quiet courage of Rosa Parks, Courageous People Who Changed the World is a young child's first introduction to the brave people who fought to make the world a better place. ... See MoreSee Less

Join us for story time today at 3:00 p.m. We will be reading Courageous People (Who Changed the World)! From the intrepid efforts of Susan B. Anthony to the quiet courage of Rosa Parks, Courageous People Who Changed the World is a young child's first introduction to the brave people who fought to make the world a better place. ... See MoreSee Less

Join us for story time today at 3:00 p.m. We will be reading Courageous People (Who Changed the World)! From the intrepid efforts of Susan B. Anthony to the quiet courage of Rosa Parks, Courageous People Who Changed the World is a young childs first introduction to the brave people who fought to make the world a better place.

 

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Rachel Sapelli you should have Norah watch these! Suzi Jensen is the best reader! ❤️

Teaching artist Lesanne Bird wrote this song with the help of students in our Bridging Boundaries program! ... See MoreSee Less

Join JDPP teaching artist Lauren Ellish as she shows us how to create fun paper quilt squares that represent generosity and giving. This activity goes along with the story "The Quiltmaker's Gift" and is a fun art project for the whole family! ... See MoreSee Less

When a generous quiltmaker finally agrees to make a quilt for a greedy king but only under certain conditions, she causes him to undergo a change of heart. ... See MoreSee Less

Sing along with JDPP teaching artist Lesanne Bird to this song about generosity, friendship and love! ... See MoreSee Less

This fun movement exercise was based on the book "Drum Dream Girl". Meghan played with drumming movements, levels and shapes. Enjoy! ... See MoreSee Less

Girls cannot be drummers. Long ago on an island filled with music, no one questioned that rule—until the drum dream girl. In her city of drumbeats, she dreamed of pounding tall congas and tapping small bongós. She had to keep quiet. She had to practice in secret. But when at last her dream-bright music was heard, everyone sang and danced and decided that both girls and boys should be free to drum and dream. ... See MoreSee Less

Sing a long with JDPP teaching artist Lesanne Bird with this uplifting and catchy tune! ... See MoreSee Less

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

 

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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

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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!