PPP Fridays@2: A Film Screening and Conversation with Dancing Through Prison Walls


Join PPP's Fridays@2 speaker series for a film screening and conversation with artists from Dancing Through Prison Walls.

The Performance as Public Practice Fridays@2 speaker series facilitates discussions about the creation and study of performance. PPP welcomes artists from within and beyond the Winship Drama Building, including current students, distinguished alumni and arts leaders from across the country, to share their research and methodology. Up next is a film screening of Undanced Dances Through Prison Walls During a Pandemic and a conversation with artists from Dancing Through Prison Walls. 

Poster for PPP's screening of DANCING THROUGH PRISON WALLS, featuring two dancers on a pier

About Undanced Dances Through Prison Walls During a Pandemic

In 2016, choreographer and educator Suchi Branfman began a ten-year choreographic residency inside the California Rehabilitation Center, a medium-security state men’s prison in Norco, California. The project, dubbed “Dancing Through Prison Walls,” developed into a critical dialogue about freedom, confinement and ways for surviving restriction, limitations and denial of liberty through the act of dancing. The dancing abruptly ended in March 2020, when the California state prison system shut down programming and visitation due to COVID-19. The work was rapidly revised, and the incarcerated dancers began sending out written choreographies from their bunks to the outside world. The resulting collection of deeply imagined choreographic pieces, written between March and May of 2020, became Undanced Dances Through Prison Walls During a Pandemic.


September 22, 2023 at 2:00 p.m.
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