Created and Performed by
David J. Popalisky
in collaboration with
Cookie Ridolfi

"With just over two million people incarcerated in the United States, even considering a one percent error rate which is a conservative estimate, we're talking twenty thousand innocent people in prison."
- Cookie Ridolfi, Director of the             
Northern California Innocence Project.

Barred from Life explores the human experience of wrongful conviction. This powerful performance work premiered March 31st, 2004 at Santa Clara University to enthusiastic acclaim from over 500 audience members over two performances. Based on interviews with exonerated individuals conducted by SCU Dance Professor David J. Popalisky, Barred from Life combines dance movement, video imagery, original music and interview excerpts to uniquely illuminate the exonerees tragically real, but often invisible stories.
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