How It Is – Reflections on Prison from Brave in a New World and In My Shoes—This event is free and open to the public.
In a powerful and moving mix of narrative, song and dance, How It Is brings key issues of incarceration to the stage. Performed by members of JDPP’s Ensemble and guest artists that have, at one point, spent time in prison, this work, in provocative and authentic ways, sheds light on the experience of incarceration and the challenges of returning to the community.
Incorporating an austere and elegant set of box frames designed by Marcela Otéiza, the dancers and speakers conjure images of confinement and separation, hurdles and bridges, and the emergence of hope. A sound score by Maritza Ubides includes the voices of children who have parents in prison, suggesting the ripple out effect of incarceration on families, and their own bravery in a world turned upside down.
Both works Brave in a New World and In My Shoes are outgrowths of the residency work the Judy Dworin Performance Project began in 2005 and still continues at York Correctional Institution, the only state prison for women and more recently at Cybulski Reintegration Center for men who are getting close to reentering the community, as well as their work with children who have parents in prison.How It Is – Reflections on Prison from Brave in a New World and In My Shoes