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Justice Dance Performance Project Emergence 2 Film Screening

Justice Dance Performance Project Emergence 2 Film Screening

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Justice Arts Coalition presents Emergence 2 film screening with Justice Dance Performance Project

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***This workshop is being offered as a pay what you can event, with a suggested donation of $20.00.***

Emergence 2 is JDPP’s newest site-specific dance theater performance, filmed Oct. 9-10, 2021 on location at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford CT. Performed in gardens that Stowe called "a place of healing for the soul," Emergence 2 is inspired by writing, dance, and song developed in residencies at York Correctional Institution for Women over the past 17 years. Emergence 2 travels through the grounds of the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center and lands at the Solitary Garden installation by artist jackie sumell which transforms the dimensions of a solitary confinement cell into a garden of nurturing and healing. Performed by members of the JDPP Ensemble and women and men who have returned to the community from prison, they tell a tale through dance, spoken word and song of confinement and transformation and what it means to emerge from prison.

“I want everyone I know to see, hear, watch and understand more about the individuals who experience confinement. Their stories are incredibly moving and brought to life via song, spoken word and movement in stunning ways via Emergence.” -Audience member

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Judy Dworin (director) Judy Dworin is a dance/theater artist and educator who is committed to inspiring social action through her work with the Justice Dance Performance Project (JDPP), which she founded in 1989. JDPP’s performance residency at York Correctional Institution for women over the past 16 years catalyzed the development of a comprehensive arts residency program extending to York CI mothers and Cybulski CI fathers and their families; Greater Hartford children and youth with parents in prison; and women and men returning home from prison. Judy is Professor Emerita in Theater and Dance at Trinity College where she recently received an honorary doctoral degree in Fine Arts.

Robin  Cullen is an Artist, Contractor, and Consultant working in the field of Trauma and Recovery. She is currently in her 17th year with the Justice Dance Performance Project, working as a Teaching Artist with men and women in and out of prison, as a performer, and as a Board Member. While incarcerated at York 22 years ago, she was a part of Wally Lamb’s therapeutic writing group and was published in his edited volume Couldn’t Keep It to Myself (2003). Robin is certified to facilitate all trauma and recovery curricula for girls and women written by Dr. Stephanie Covington and is certified through Amherst Writers and Artists to teach therapeutic writing. Robin was a 2020 Connecticut Hall of Change ‘Great Eight’ recipient. She is the House Manager at Journey Home Recovery Living, a sober sanctuary for recovering women and is also an experienced remodeling contractor.  

Tyran Sampson was a participant in the Justice Dance Performance Project’s (JDPP) Dads & Kids program at Cybulski CI Reintegration Center from 2017 to 2019, where he connected to the arts in deeply important ways. Since his release from prison, he has participated in JDPP’s New Beginnings Arts Program with Trinity College students and returning citizens finding his voice and telling his story through the arts and performance. He has also performed in JDPP’s A Response and A Call online performance series that was created in 2020 as a platform for Black artists following the murder of George Floyd and in JDPP’s Emergence 2. In addition, Tyran is an active member of Connecticut’s ACLU working for change at the local and state level.

Yalines Torres is a JDPP Fellow in Marketing and Community Engagement and has worked with JDPP in the Bridging Boundaries year-long Performance Residency at York Correctional Institution for women as well as the Moms & Kids Program before she returned to the Greater Hartford community. She now also works in JDPP’s Stepping Out program, a professional mentorship with the JDPP Ensemble. She has performed in several JDPP performances in the community including Emergence 1 and Emergence 2 at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center. She is the proud mom of Luis and Angiebel.

About the Justice Dance Performance Project:

Moving for change since 1989, Justice Dance Performance Project (JDPP), formerly Judy Dworin Performance Project, is a critically acclaimed dance and multi-arts organization. Its mission is to educate, inspire, and ignite awareness, bridging the boundaries of art and social justice to create a more equitable society in ways that spark individual growth and collective action.

The Justice Dance Performance Project is based in Hartford, Connecticut, under the artistic direction of founder Judy Dworin. The company’s award-winning work can be seen throughout New England in theaters, at colleges and universities, prisons, and inner-city schools. Its collaborative repertory has been performed in major cities across the United States and Europe

At its core, the Justice Dance Performance Project celebrates the dignity of all, the wisdom of the body, and the deep reflective capacity of the mind. It is founded on the belief that the arts provide light and hope that is vital in supporting individual and collective wellbeing.

Since 2005, JDPP has offered dance-based multi-arts residencies to women at York Correctional Institution in Niantic, Connecticut, and in 2016, added men at Cybulski CI Reintegration Center in Enfield, CT. In addition, Bridging Boundaries reaches out to Greater Hartford youth who have parents or loved ones in prison, those returning to the community from prison and young men in juvenile detention centers in Hartford and Bridgeport. Thousands of lives have been shaped by this work.

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