Artistic Director
Heidi Latsky

Managing Director
Claude-Andree Louissaint

Development Director | Dancer
Jerron Herman

Project Coordinator
Rishma Lee

Accessibility + Technology Director | Dancer
Peter Troijic

Social Media Coordinator | Dancer
Louisa Mann

Rehearsal Director | Dancer
Jillian Hollis

Company Administrator
Harry John Shephard

Artistic Consultant
Ana Rubinstein

Film & Media Director
Paul Galando

Music Director
Ximena Borges

Board of Directors
Rebecca Alson-Milkman
Quemuel Arroyo
Marshall Cohen
Stephen E. Jones
Diana Kelly
Heidi Latsky
Alissa Levin
Craig Thomas
Amanda Valeur
Megan Whitman
Greg Youdan

Young Directors
Camry A'Keen
Du'bois A'Keen
Christiana Barnett-Murphy
Clayton Chambers
Jennifer Davidson
Oxana Ermolova
Alyssa Gersony
Mike McManus
Shannon E. O'Brien

 Advisory Board
Jeremy Alliger
Miranda Applebaum
Michele Kumi Baer
Lawrence Carter-Long
Martha Clarke
Sean Curran
Liza Gennaro
Anita Hollander
Bill T. Jones
Ken Krimstein
Simi Linton
Bella Malinka
Kathleen Marshall
Kasmore Rhedrick
Deb Roshe
Jay O. Sanders
Stewart Schulman
Alex Sinclair
Paul Taylor*
Frank Wood
 

Mission

The mission of Heidi Latsky Dance (HLD) is to redefine beauty and virtuosity through performance and discourse, employing performers with unique attributes to bring rigorous, passionate and provocative contemporary dance to diverse audiences. 

Company

HLD is a New York-based modern dance company committed to making relevant, striking work across multiple disciplines. Since its inception in 2001, the company has received numerous commissions and residencies: Abrons Arts Center, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Danspace Project, JCC Manhattan, Joyce Theater Residency, Peak Performances at Montclair State University, New York University Hospital;

Awards: Creative Capital, The Gerald & Janet Carrus Foundation, The Ford Foundation, Harkness Foundation for Dance, Jody and John Arnhold, Kessler Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, the NYC Mayor’s Fund, Dance/NYC, O'Donnell-Green Music & Dance Foundation, New MusicUSA, Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs since 2010, including new initiatives to advance Disability in the Arts.

This support has enabled a lengthy legacy of social change through art
Spanning nearly two decades

2006-2015: The GIMP Project

"When I walk out on stage, I’m inviting it, I’m courting it.  I’m involving myself in this space where we change the rules, somehow.  I’m not sure what those rules are, but I feel it, I feel it."

Lawrence Carter-Long
Original GIMP cast member & Communications Director,
Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund

The GIMP Project is a series of dance works and accompanying outreach programs that involves diverse, unconventional casts. It was first developed during the fall of 2006 with a commission from Boston based interdisciplinary artist Lisa Bufano who was a bilateral amputee. choreographing for Bufano, Latsky recognized a resonance between her own artistic process and core tenants of disability culture: prioritizing collaboration, centering radical bodies, exquisite asymmetries, moments of raw or uncomfortable beauty, and differences as sites of power.

Guided by influential disability activists such as Lawrence Carter-Long and Simi Linton, HLD premiered GIMP, its confrontational first full-length inclusive work, in 2008, and toured it through 2012. With Carter-Long, race and disability scholar Akemi Nishida, and disabled transgender dancer Toby MacNutt as cast members, GIMP both reflected and helped to shape an unapologetically sexy, defiant, increasingly diverse Disability culture. GIMP engaged new disability communities in dance, offered emerging disabled artists an exciting vision of artistry, as opposed to merely therapeutic or community-based movement; and marked a departure from traditional wheelchair dance, by utilizing disabled standing dancers, crutch users, and floor dancers.

GIMP
Premiered in 2008 at Alverno Presents

IF
Premiered in 2010 at La Mama Experimental Theater Club

TRIPTYCH
Premiered in 2014 at Peak Performances at Montclair State University

Highlighted venues for The GIMP Project: American Dance Festival, Barnard College, Dublin Dance Festival, Central Park Summerstage, Kennedy Center, Scripps College Humanities Institute, DaDaFest Liverpool, Chicago Humanities Festival, CREA Conference Kathmandu, Crossing Borders Festival Dusseldorf, The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, Harvard University, Jacob’s Pillow, TedxWomen, The Whitney Museum of American Art, and Lincoln Center.
Soliloquy Screenings: AbilityFest, Chennai, India; Screendance Miami, Perez Art Museum; Middlebury New Filmmakers Film Festival, Middlebury, Vermont; NY ReelAbilities Film Festival, JCC Manhattan; Festival de Marseille, Marseille, France; American Dance Festival, Durham, NC

From this foundation, HLD expanded its purview

2015-Present: ON DISPLAY | D.I.S.P.L.A.Y.E.D

ON DISPLAY is a deconstructed art exhibit/fashion show and commentary on the body as spectacle and society's obsession with body image. It turns a cast of diverse and extreme bodies into a sculpture court where the performers are the sculptures. ON DISPLAY began as a simple human sculpture court and is now a movement, a growing portfolio of works that explore and demonstrate inclusion through art.

Taking form in movement installation, choreographed dances, and public outreach, ON DISPLAY is HLD’s most ambitious project.

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, HLD was invited by the NYC Mayor’s Office to produce events across the city. Latsky designed a provocative string of guerrilla human sculpture courts in public places - Chinatown, Times Square, High Line, Brooklyn Bridge Park – and this became ON DISPLAY. It premiered as a 2-hr choreographed fashion show at The David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center on October 1 as well as NYU/Skirball Center, November 15th. For International Day for Persons with Disabilities, December 3, HLD performed ON DISPLAY at the United Nations; at NYU the company performed and simulcast with a company in Hobart, Australia. This was the catalyst for an annual initiative to insert the sculpture court in cities across the world, ON DISPLAY GLOBAL. HLD seeks to partner with 100 cities by 2020.

HLD's engagement with disability culture provokes further questions about intersectional identities and tensions between viewer and viewed. As disability activism expanded beyond its original rallying cry, "Nothing About Us Without Us", to demand simply, "Nothing Without Us", so, too, Latsky's explorations of inclusivity shifted & deepened. ON DISPLAY depicts disability in conversation with race, gender, sexuality, and age. It invites audiences into a surprisingly intimate spectacle, engaging as much as challenging viewers through mutual vulnerability and confession/voyeurism. The ON DISPLAY Portfolio of installations is HLD's primary thrust of work.

Selected venues: United Nations, National Portrait Gallery, Cooper Hewitt Design Museum – Smithsonian Institutions; The Whitney Museum of American Art, Lincoln Center, The Duke at 42nd Street, Stavros Niachros Foundation Cultural Center, King’s County Hospital, Adam Clayton Powell Plaza, The High Line, Central Park, IDEAL School, SYPartners, Prudential Insurance HQ

ON DISPLAY GLOBAL sites (as of 2018): Athens, Singapore, Brighton, Milwaukee, Auckland, Austin, Madison County, San Francisco, Orlando, Buenos Aires, Ames, London, New Brunswick, Mexico City, Brockport, Budapest, Harvard/Cambridge, Kingston, Toronto, Santiago, Bega, Denver, Chicago, Queens, Boston, Montreal, Yale/New Haven, Bendigo, Nairobi, Hobart, Philadelphia, Zagreb, Orange County, Muhlenberg/Allentown, Dayton, Rochester, Seoul, Palangkaraya, Yogyakarta, Ubud, Mali, Bridgeport, Monteroni, Kansas City, Fort Worth, Albuquerque, Brooklyn, Jerusalem

D.I.S.P.L.A.Y.E.D

D.I.S.P.L.A.Y.E.D is an immersive experience at the intersection of dance, fashion and art, transforming each venue into a unique gallery space. At its core is an 18-person live sculpture court that over the course of 45 minutes erupts into chaos before it eventually re-forms. Surrounding this main installation is a myriad of smaller ones that are strategically designed and placed within any environment creating a strong gallery ambiance and foreshadowing the complexity of D.I.S.P.L.A.Y.E.D. Addressing the current need for representation and celebration of all individuals, D.I.S.P.L.A.Y.E.D highlights the  intrinsic virtuosity of its performers varying in age, size, disability, race and gender in a work that is both energizing and deeply emotional. Premiered in 2018 at Baruch Performing Arts Center (BPAC).

additional language provided by Leslie Taub