Dancing Through Prison Walls

Dancing Through Prison Walls is a California-based dance and performance project whose mission is to dance with, choreography with, and tell stories within, embodied carceral landscapes, amplifying voices of incarcerated folks, and addressing mass incarceration.

Begun in 2016, the work embraces a porous community of incarcerated, formerly incarcerated, and “free world” dancers, choreographers, visual artists, and performers, with the artistic direction of social practice choreographer Suchi Branfman, whose ten-year choreographic residency at CRC Prison in Norco, California runs through 2026. The resulting hours of dance, dance making, performance, film creation, writing, and community conversations comprise a body of work that is at its essence a critical dialogue about freedom, confinement, and ways for surviving restriction, limitations, and denial of liberty through the act of dancing. Moving towards our North Star goal of decarceration and abolition, we dance through prison walls.

Contact us at: dancingthroughprisonwalls@gmail.com