Judy Dworin Performance Project’s 21st Moving Matters! Residency Culminates in “Teachings of the Night Sky” Performance Piece

Judy Dworin Performance Project’s 21st Moving Matters! Residency Culminates in “Teachings of the Night Sky” Performance Piece


This year, Judy Dworin Performance Project (JDPP) celebrated its 21st Moving Matters! Residency Program at Parkville Community School in Hartford, CT. The performance took place at the Oosting Gymnasium at the Trinity College Ferris Athletic Center on Wednesday, May 3rd , 2017 at 10:30 a.m.  This was a “must see” joyous event where the children don’t just reach for the stars – they are the stars!

This year’s performance entitled Teachings of the Night Sky is inspired by Mary Pope Osborne’s magical children’s book Moonhorse, in which a child rides a mystical horse for a dream–filled tour of the constellations and carries her dreams to each one. The story serves as a springboard to engage curiosity and imagination in ways that enliven learning viscerally and kinesthetically. JDPP is the only arts organization with this level of engagement and longevity at Parkville that successfully supports core curriculum.

Throughout the school year, the 3rd through 5th grade classes have created original dances representing the various constellations. Their own aspirations and dreams for how they want to develop as a person have authored the story line. This focus was chosen in response to the principal’s request that the theme address character development. Attributes of self-control, flexibility, independence, collaboration, competition, cooperation, adventurousness, reliability, changeability and consistency will be explored through different movement qualities depicted on Sagittarius, Libra, Aquarius, Gemini and Leo.  A group of travelers will investigate each constellation accompanied by a song created by the second graders with JDPP singer/songwriter Leslie Bird. The first graders will create a tableau of dreams representing how they dream the world could be. The production includes an original score of live music by world music group Sirius Coyote, fanciful set pieces created by visual artist Cheri Soule and tie-dyed T-shirts designed by the students.

More information about Moving Matters! Parkville can be found on JDPP’s website, www.judydworin.org. This performance was free and open to the public. More information about collaborations with HPS students is here.

Judy Dworin Performance Project (JDPP) is an arts non-profit based in Hartford, CT, founded by Judy Dworin in 1989, originally as an umbrella organization for individual artists. Through innovative multi-arts performance and community-based arts programming, JDPP harnesses creative expression as a catalyst for positive change. On stage, in schools, and in prisons, JDPP uses arts engagement and movement-based performance to examine social issues, build bridges of understanding across diverse communities, and inspire both individual growth and collective action.