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"Both works [SOMEWHERE and SOLO COUNTERSOLO] exult in the athletic prowess of dance and celebrate the unexpected places that prowess can be found." Heidi Latsky
Heidi Latsky Dance's work in progress, SOMEWHERE, is a spirited suite for mixed ability dancers set to surprisingly eclectic renditions of "Over the Rainbow."
Heidi Latsky Dance's work with a cast of eight dancers, SOLO COUNTERSOLO, set to a commissioned score by Chris Brierley, highlights the charismatic virtuosity of Latsky and performing colleagues from ballet and Broadway.
Widely recognized for the virtuosity, passion and intensity she brings, Latsky's new work is no exception and takes the 2008 critically acclaimed GIMP, a portrayal of "the other" as extraordinary, to a new level.
IF, which premiered at the Jewish Community Center, is a tapestry of movement featuring original music by Chris Brierley and Randall Woolf. With a 20-person, multi-cultural, multi-generational cast of all abilities, Latsky again dissolves the boundaries of traditional dance and explores complex new terrain by giving a collective voice and space to this diverse company of dancers.
GIMP: 'gimp (gimp)
1. a ribbonlike, braided fabric
2. fighting spirit; vigor
3. a lame person
4. slang; a halting, lame walk
5. to turn, vacillate, tremble ecstatically
GIMP premiered at the North Fourth Arts Center in New Mexico. The piece redefines virtuosity through the collision of disability and dance. At its heart is GIMP, a 70-minute dance theatre event featuring four trained dancers and four performers with physical disabilities: an aerialist with a strong, beautiful torso and no legs; a performer whose cerebral palsy gives him a rhythmic stride like no other; a woman whose arm sensually caresses her body in a wholly unique way because it tapers into "a smooth point." Working with this new palette of limbs, GIMP "forces our eyes and minds to perceive beauty not as a static artifact of conventional perfection but as a dynamic construct of effort and intentionality," Ivan Sygoda of Pentacle, and is "a gleaming milestone in the progress of contemporary dance and theater," Theodore Bale of Dance Magazine.
Premiered January 22, 2007 with the Brooklyn Philharmonic at the Brooklyn Museum. BYOD - Bring Your Own Dancer.
Premiered to critical acclaim in May 2006 at Danspace Project @ St Mark's Church, NYC. disjointed is an evening length piece celebrating the lives of those who endure social isolation with grace and dignity. A provoking work of theater, disjointedprovides unique opportunities for community involvement and educational outreach.
Premiered October 2005 at The Club at La Mama ETC, NYC. Club Riot is an explosive, high-energy dance cabaret. Designed to create a club-like ambience, Club Riot follows an outcast of characters who, through technical and theatrical dancing, take you on a bizarre and ultimately wondrous ride.
Premiered December 3-18, 2005 at The Annex Theatre at La Mama ETC, NYC.
Premiered in 2004, danced by Li Chaio Ping; by Latsky in San Diego (Sushi Arts) and at Danspace Project as part of DISJOINTED
Premiered March 12-16, 2003 at The Duke on 42nd Street as the opening event for the 9th Annual 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Project, NYC; Bryn Mawr University; Drew University; Central Park Summerstage
Premiered October 11-14, 2001 at Danspace Project @ St Mark's Church, NYC
I HATE MODERN DANCE
Premiered January, 2000 at The Joyce Theatre, NYC; PICA, Portland, Oregon; Steps Festival, Switzerland.
WORST CASE SCENARIO
Premiered 1998 at PS122 and the Whitney Musem of Modern Art, NYC
DO WE DARE
Premiered 1997 at PS122 and the American Dance Festival
RIOT OF RED/RIGHT TO RED
Premiered October,1997 at Danspace Project @ St Mark's Church, NYC; The Canada Dance Festival, Ottawa; Teatro Libero, Palermo, Italy; Danse a Lille, France; Signature Solo Works
WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE DONE?
Premiered at PS 122 as part of WORST CASE SCENARIO; currently working with Charles Dennis on filming this 9 minute work
Premiered in 1993; also performed by Gus Solomons Jr; Maxine Sherman; Joe Alter; Michael Thomas