By Heidi Latsky & Maya Man
Recessed is an interactive dance experience where the web browser is the medium for staging the work. Through a series of custom coded and choreographed pop-up windows, Recessed allows viewers to reclaim the digital tools that already exist and curate their own performance. The work explores humanity's shared desire for intimacy and connection in a time of great isolation; showcasing a cast of diverse solo artists in the privacy of their homes or neighborhoods.
Recessed was created in response to the frustrations and limitations of posting performances on traditional online platforms. The result led to the development of a custom software by Maya Man that allowed for full artistic control over various aspects of the piece, including pop-up window size, location, transitions, and timing. Rather than seeking to render movement from the stage to fit the screen, this project builds an accessible experience to be enjoyed in the digital space.
About Heidi Latsky
Heidi Latsky Dance (HLD) is New York’s largest physically-integrated dance company on a mission to disrupt space, dismantle normal, and redefine what beauty & virtuosity look like through innovative performance and discourse. Founded in 2001, the company's work and has been considered “a milestone in contemporary dance” by Dance Magazine and has been supported by partners such as the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, Mark Morris Dance Group, Mount Sinai Hospital, Positive Exposure, and Nuvu Studio.
Guided by influential disability activists such as Simi Linton and Lawrence Carter-Long, HLD premiered GIMP in 2008. Although confrontational, GIMP garnered praise for its unapologetic nature and stimulating investigation of inclusion. GIMP toured through 2012 and was the subject of an EMMY-nominated news feature about the work.
HLD’s current portfolio, ON DISPLAY, was commissioned by the Whitney Museum, American Dance Festival, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and Peak Performances and has been performed at venues like National Portrait Gallery, Central Park, Cooper Hewitt, and the Kennedy Center. The success of the commission lead to an expansion of the social justice initiative called ON DISPLAY GLOBAL that brings thought-provoking, community sculpture courts to over 30 countries worldwide. The initiative is supported by NYC Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, NYU Tisch, and Disability Unite.
Currently, HLD is collaborating with Evolving Technologies Corporation and Google’s Creative Lab to build on HLD's continued commitment to creating artistic projects that prioritize disability from inception, not as an afterthought. As an extension of their captivating performances, HLD teaches a workshop to young audiences in the New York Metro area called “Defining Ourselves”; encouraging empathy and self-reflection through creative practices.
About Maya Man
Maya Man (she/her) is an artist, programmer, and dancer based in Los Angeles. Her work considers the computer screen a space for intimacy and performance, focusing on the phenomenon of translating our offline selves into on-screen content.
With over 15 years of dance experience, Maya naturally brings her own body and movement into her work in the digital world. For her projects that combine dance and code, she was recognized as one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in 2020. Her work has been exhibited internationally online and off at places including Power Station of Art Shanghai, Museum of Art Pudong, Feral File, SIGGRAPH, and Times Square.
Maya spends most of her time making things for the world wide web, dancing in spaces online and off, and maintaining her love/hate relationship with the Internet (mostly love though) by tending to Instagram, Depop, Are.na, and TikTok often. She holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Computer Science and Media Studies from Pomona College in Claremont, California.
Currently, Maya is pursuing her MFA at UCLA's Design Media Arts program.