The Dance Enthusiast Hits The Streets : #ONDISPLAY Heidi Latsky Dance Brings Awareness to International Day of Persons with Disabilities
Disrupting Space, Dismantling Normal, Redefining Beauty
Established in1992 by the United Nations, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) also referred to as the International Day of People with Disablities, has been observed annually on December 3rd.
Since 2015, Heidi Latsky has honored this day with her sculpture-garden-like art installations made up of diverse bodies. Starting simply (though it sounds pretty ambitious to me) with artists performing in NYC and Hobart, Australia, today, four years later, Latsky's #OnDisplay, has expanded to 78 cities across the world.
From Albuquerque New Mexico to Zagreb, Croatia artistic partners across disciplines bring people together to embrace difference by "disrupting the cultural spaces we occupy daily." In this way, onlookers walking through the art work can begin to imagine a world that encompasses and appreciates all bodies.
I happened on this special exhibit at NYU when walking home from an appointment in Union Square. I was about to hop into the subway when a little voice in my head told me, "It's a sunny day in winter, take advantage of it and walk home. "
How wonderful to meet my dance community in an unexpected way. Heidi Latsky and Heidi Latsky Dance have been dedicated to "disrupting space, dismantling normal, and redefining beauty, and virtuosity" since their inception.
The company will be performing "UNFINISHED" on Thursday December 12th at 7:30 pm at the Marlene Myerson JCC . Click here for tickets and information. Please read The Dance Enthusiast's IMPRESSION of " Unfinished: A way out" by Cecly Placenti.
HEIDI LATSKY DANCE ON DISPLAY NYC
the intersection of art, fashion, and everyday
"ON DISPLAY was created to be walked through.
A deconstructed art exhibit/fashion show,
it is a commentary on the body as spectacle and society's obsession with body image. "
"Reverting the gaze is intergral to disability culture. "
"In this installation the performers have the power to choose what they do or do not reveal, giving them control over a personal journey that cannot help but be affected by an audience."
"The tenuous and complex relationship between viewer and viewed that exists in performative work also permeates everyday life with people who are different in some physical way and hence draws attention to themselves whether they want to or not."