By Heidi Latsky Dance
D.I.S.P.L.A.Y.E.D is an immersive experience at the intersection of dance, technology, fashion, and art. The work recreates an installation where the art is alive. Audiences wander through a gallery featuring 17 "sculptures" performing first as artifacts; then as isolated frenetic movers fixed in place; and finally as a community of soloists dancing dynamically through the space.
Audiences are encouraged at any point to become their own sculpture at designated areas in the venue. The beginning and the end of D.I.S.P.L.A.Y.E.D are open-ended, inviting audiences to take in the work at their leisure. Sculptures are positioned throughout the space at different locations each night, making the work an experience one could return to again and again.
With enhancements such as Audio Augmented Reality technology from Google’s Creative Lab, an accessible mobile app designed for blind and low vision audience members, and XR volumetric technology, D.I.S.P.L.A.Y.E.D turns each venue into a unique gallery space.
About Heidi Latsky
Heidi Latsky’s 38-year dance career began in Montreal, Canada, continued with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, and evolved in 2001 when she founded Heidi Latsky Dance (HLD). Regarded by the New York Times as “a choreographer and dancer of uncommon intelligence and fluidity”, Latsky’s work has been featured at venues such as the American Dance Festival, Joyce Theater, High Line, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Her artistic portfolio has been supported by Creative Capital, The MAP Fund, Ford Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Canada Council for the Arts, and New York State Council on the Arts, among others.
Latsky was the first participant selected for “Dance for Film on Location” at Montclair State University, underwritten by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Here, she created her first film, Soliloquy (2015), that has been screened worldwide. Soliloquy marked the beginning of Latsky’s entrance into the digital world with a goal to create more widely accessible work for all to interact with. In 2018, Latsky spearheaded a pilot program, underwritten by Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, to work closely with individuals with spinal cord injuries to improve their physical awareness, bodily mobility and artistic comfort. The impact of this program culminated in the creation of a documentary film called We Are Right Here. This past year, Latsky was commissioned by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts to produce a film, SOLOFLIGHT ADA 30, to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
In an effort to further bridge the gap between dance and disability communities, Latsky has presented keynote and speaking engagements at places such as the Culture, Health, and Wellbeing International Conference, Harvard University, Barnard College, Maxine Green Institute, Chicago Humanities Festival, and TEDxWomen. As a leader in the physically-integrated dance field and an active disability rights advocate, Latsky serves as a founding member of Dance/NYC’s Disability Dance task force, ongoing member of Dance/USA Deaf & Disability Affinity Group, and Artist Advisory Board member of Danspace Project.
Currently, Latsky is working to create accessible digital work that portrays our deeply shared experiences of isolation in a way that builds and strengthens community.