Heidi Latsky Dance (HLD) is a contemporary dance company founded in 2001. The mission of the company is to redefine beauty and virtuosity through performance and discourse, using performers with unique attributes to bring rigorous, passionate and provocative contemporary dance to diverse audiences. HLD has received numerous awards, commissions and residencies, and has toured internationally. Since 2006 the company has incorporated performers with disabilities. GIMP (2008) touring from 2009-2012 garnered praise for its provocative investigation of inclusion: Dance Magazine called the piece a milestone in contemporary dance and a news feature on the work was nominated for an Emmy.
In 2014, Latsky was named the first participant in “Dance for Film On Location at Montclair State University” resulting in her first film Soliloquy that has screened internationally including Festival de Marseille, ReelAbilities Film Festival, Dance on Camera at Lincoln Center, ICA in Boston, and Perez Art Museum Miami. HLD has expanded its vision into art and design with ON DISPLAY, its current portfolio of work that began in 2015 when the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities invited Latsky to participate in the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, now a global phenomenon. ON DISPLAY has been presented at venues like Whitney Museum, High Line, Lincoln Center, Victory Dance, Central Park, Stavros Niarchos in Athens, Greece, and the American Dance Festival. ON DISPLAY GLOBAL is an annual installation that is performed on International Day of Person with Disabilities at the UN and NYU Tisch in NYC and at over 40 cities worldwide. HLD was in residence at the Hurleyville Arts Centre in 2017 where D.I.S.P.L.A.Y.E.D was created and had its NYC premiere in March 2018 at Baruch Performing Arts Center. The company’s latest work, Unfinished, premiered at Dixon Place in May. Upcoming performances include the Forward Motion Festival in Miami, September 2019.
Photo credit: T.W. Collins