Justice Dance Performance Project

Moving for Change Since 1989.

Dear friends of JDPP,

The dappled light, cool air, scent of leaf mold, and call of birds seem in contrast to the “ordinary” world. The trees stand as silent witnesses to the mysterious happenings of nature. and they are integrally part of its mystery.

During this time of pandemic I was gifted Suzanne Simard’s Finding the Mother Tree and Robin Wall Kimmerer’s Braiding Sweetgrass. In these books, I further learned of the forest’s power both in scientific and Native wisdom terms. The forest is trying to tell us something important by example, something that we desperately need to hear.

This time feels more critical and perilous than any I have experienced. A global rise in authoritarian populism, layered by two years of pandemic and decades of climate change, has led us to envision a future of crisis whose harbinger might be the horrifying war in Ukraine.

Trees, too, are subject to mindless clear cutting and disregard of their critical value to the earth’s survival.

I am now listening anew. I’m walking in the woods and now scouting locations for JDPP’s next site-specific dance theater production called, ‘In the Presence of Trees.’ I want everyone to understand that the interdependency of the forest can be a guide for saving our communities and ourselves.

Trees need and support each other, sharing resources and space and filling important nurturing and sentinel roles. We can, too. In fact, we must. We have no time to lose. And we must save the forests from ruination by our hands.

You will hear more about ‘In the Presence of Trees’ in the coming months. In the meantime, please think of yourself as part of the wonderful integrated forest of humankind and nature. What can you do today to help us all grow and thrive?

Wishing you peace,


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Justice Dance Performance Project, Inc.

Justice Dance Performance Project, Inc.

Moving for Change Since 1989

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We are so excited to be working with Daniel Birch Music again on our newest piece, "In the Presence of Trees"! ... See MoreSee Less

Register today! www.cpa-ct.org/join-us-june-9th-for-celebrate-cpa.../We're thrilled to be joined by Justice Dance Performance Project, Inc. for a brief performance of their "Emergence" production at this year's Celebrate! CPA's Prison Arts. Join us Thursday, June 9 from 6 to 8:30 PM at Old New Gate Prison & Copper Mine. More info and to register: www.cpa-ct.org/join-us-june-9th-for-celebrate-cpa-prison-arts-2022-at-the-old-new-gate-prison/ ... See MoreSee Less

Register today! http://www.cpa-ct.org/join-us-june-9th-for-celebrate-cpa.../

Excited to be part of this!!Join us June 9th from 6:00 to 8:30 pm at the Old New Gate Prison & Copper Mine for Celebrate! CPA Prison Arts 2022. The event will feature ✔️ Alumni artists from the Prison Arts Program ✔️ Performance by Justice Dance Performance Project, Inc. ✔️ New Works from DOC Vocational Education Programs ✔️ Food from Pond House Cafe ✔️ Chance to win original artwork in a live auction ✔️ Mini tours of the Copper Mine and much more! For more information and to purchase tickets: bit.ly/3LXFETR ... See MoreSee Less

Excited to be part of this!!

Another exciting sneak peek at a rehearsal from In The Presence of Trees! Here, Ensemble members began exploring their movement with the trees themselves in Bushnell Park. Music is Drifting on Wood by Ketsa. ... See MoreSee Less

Today is #ThankADanceTeacherDay JDPP is so lucky to have all of our wonderfully talented teaching artists! ... See MoreSee Less

Today is #ThankADanceTeacherDay JDPP is so lucky to have all of our wonderfully talented teaching artists!

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What aa great picture!

Thank you for being a teacher!!

In honor of Arbor Day, we would like to share a sneak peek of very early explorations for JDPP’s next performance piece "In the Presence of Trees". The photos are from several site explorations done by Judy and joined by Ensemble member Mellissa Craig; Mellissa's mom and Tree Lady of Hartford, Charmaine Craig; Henry Hester, Founding Father and Godfather of Friends of Keney Park; Visual Designer, Marcela Oteíza; Sharon Mann Chairwoman of Bloomfield Beautification Committee and board member of the Wintonbury Land Trust; Paula Jones, VP of Wintonbury Land Trust and Lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook Wild and Scenic Committee; Hartford Forester Heather Dionne; and terrific lighting designer Blu.

The Ensemble is rehearsing at the spacious and lovely Lisa Matias Dance Centre studio--thank you Lisa!

The music featured here is "Rest" by the wonderfully talented, Daniel Birch Music who will compose the score for the piece. Stay tuned for more!
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This is lovely and amazing and unexpected. I felt it in my heart and it brought tears welling to my eyes. It truly honors the essence of the trees.

This is just beautiful. I am so excited about this piece!

Listen to WNHH Community Radio at 10:15 this morning for an interview with Judy Dworin ... See MoreSee Less

Listen to WNHH Community Radio at 10:15 this morning for an interview with Judy Dworin

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I happened upon this fabulous interview this morning! 💜

Hi Judy. I studied with you at Trinity! Have a lot of good memories about your classes.

Listening now! Fantastic!

I miss you Judy!

Go Judy!

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In the past few years, there has been a rise in programs designed to help maintain relationships between families and incarcerated individuals. One of the goals of these family programs is to increase the likelihood that incarcerated parents will maintain a positive relationship with their children. Maintaining a relationship between incarcerated parent and child has proven to be beneficial for both parties. Family programs minimize the challenges associated with maintaining these child-parent relationships. ... See MoreSee Less

In honor of Frederick Law Olmsted 200th Birthday today, we are sharing photos from our third site visit for JDPP's newest piece, "In the Presence of Trees" at Keney Park, one of the several park designed by Olmsted's Landscaping Firm. Judy was joined by Ensemble member Mellissa Craig; Mellissa's mom and Tree Lady of Hartford, Charmaine Craig; Henry Hester, Founding Father and Godfather of Friends of Keney Park; and Blu. ... See MoreSee Less

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