ON DISPLAY GLOBAL - Democrat & Chronicle - Austin, Texas by Heidi Latsky

On Display: A human sculpture court at MAG

Austin Kelly, 22, considered a high functioning autistic, practices dance at Flower City Ballet on Thursdays. Kelly is performing in On Display at the Memorial Art Gallery.(Photo: OLIVIA LOPEZ/@olopez4/staff photographer)

Austin Kelly, 22, considered a high functioning autistic, practices dance at Flower City Ballet on Thursdays. Kelly is performing in On Display at the Memorial Art Gallery.(Photo: OLIVIA LOPEZ/@olopez4/staff photographer)

Welcome to the sculpture court. You’ve seen them before, in museums. There stands a figure with a missing leg. And another, seemingly complete. They are of many races and body shapes and sizes, as though they’ve been collected from all around the world for you to stare at and think about.

And then, they begin to move.

“It’s a human sculpture court,” Heidi Latsky says. “We’re creating a safe place for people to stare.”

This is On Display, what Latsky, a New York City choreographer, calls a “moving installation.” It is a deconstructed art exhibit. A fashion show where everything isn’t perfect. Heidi Latsky Dance has staged these in New York City's Times Square and Chinatown, in Canada, Italy, Spain and in the lobby of the United Nations building. And it is coming to the Memorial Art Gallery for two hour-long performances next week: 5:30 p.m. Oct. 20 and 3:30 p.m. Oct. 23. Twenty to 30 figures, dressed in white, like statues. The one with the missing leg is Adalquis Bruno. The one who’s seemingly complete, Austin Kelly.

“In a disability world, a lot of people experience being stared at, or they see others averting their eyes,” Latsky says. On Display grants permission for visitors to the exhibition to look at their fellow humans just as they might examine “Torso of a Young Man,” one of the ancient armless, legless — headless even — ancient world statues at the MAG. Guests are encouraged to take photos and post them on social media.

And the dancers of On Display will be looking back as well... read more

ON DISPLAY GLOBAL - VSA Texas - The State Organization on Arts and Disability by Heidi Latsky

I have to be honest, folks. I am a fly by the seat of my pants kind of woman. Learning in the moment and trying not to have too many expectations usually works to my advantage, particularly as a dancer. I approached On Display with the same mentality. Before rehearsal, I watched one video so I knew it wasn’t exactly a dance. I also knew this piece originated out of an audience member’s reaction to another work of Heidi’s called The GIMP Project. Lastly I knew On Display explored the age old question, at least in my mind anyway, to stare or not to stare?   read more

ON DISPLAY GLOBAL - The Marquette Wire - Milwaukee Wisconsin by Heidi Latsky

The Haggerty Museum of Art will host “On Display,” an exhibition commemorating International Day of Persons with Disabilities Dec. 3.“It’s a mix of all different people,” Lynne Shumow, curator of education at the Haggerty, said. “It’s meant to take away the stigma of looking at someone or being looked at.”

The exhibit is an installation from choreographer Heidi Latsky’s exhibit that is being featured in cities across the country. Catey Ott Thompson was a former dancer in Latsky’s dance company in New York City and was asked by her former mentor to lead the Milwaukee performance.

Ott Thompson brought her own dance classes to the Haggerty for their final projects and incorporated exhibitions with her choreography.Three of the performers, or “movers” as Ott Thompson labeled them, are in wheelchairs. The other 18 performers are community members from Milwaukee, Marquette’s Department of Physical Therapy and theater professors.

Shumow worked closely with the choreographer for the event, developing advertising and helping set up the event.This performance is different from Ott Thompson’s dances in several ways. It is silent and instead of telling a story, the “movement meditation” provides a window for the audience to stare.

“We are taught the concept of not to stare,” Ott Thompson said.  “Now the audience is receiving permission to look. I think all people have a layer of self consciousness about something. The vulnerability creates something like freedom or a release of pressure.”

The dance itself, Ott Thompson said, is more of a “movement meditation” done in slow motion. “It’s slow motion and improvisation based,” she said. “The dancers have a mantra they can use when they need to calm a little more deeply, and that is ‘I am right here.’”

Latksy created the mantra to bring people back into the moment, Ott Thompson said. The performance is meant to bring awareness to self-consciousness. “It calms any anxiety from being watched and observed,” she said. “In contrast, it calms the audience from feeling like they are intruding, which they aren’t they are welcomed to look.”

The movers will dance in slow movements with their eyes closed. As their bodies come to a position of rest, their eyes will open with a soft gaze. Once they are ready to move again, the dancers will close their eyes.

The performance will start Dec. 3, at 2 p.m. and continue for an hour. Footage of the performance will be broadcasted to the United Nations building in New York City.

ON DISPLAY GLOBAL Impacts Rochester & Austin by Heidi Latsky

The NYC cast of ON DISPLAY already knows how insightful the installation is, but as ON DISPLAY GLOBAL touches other communities around the world, we're receiving grander and more beautiful stories about the installation's effect on a community.

After viewing and participating in ON DISPLAY BOSTON, Diana Kelly took ON DISPLAY GLOBAL to Rochester and set it with U of R Director of Dance & Movement Missy Pfohl Smith. The community took note and the beautiful article below represents the result of their work. Diana takes her involvement a step further by joining the LDI board this year! Welcome, Diana!


Heidi and Jerron recently went to Austin, TX at the invitation of VSA Texas and integrated group BodyShift to teach ON DISPLAY to its community for a week. The installation took place on the Lamar Pedestrian Bridge in downtown and Austin will be a part of ON DISPLAY GLOBAL with an installation at the Blanton Museum of Art.

Both the community and The Daily Texan had wonderful things to say.

You brought our community together more than anyone has been able to do in the past and made us stronger. I can’t wait to get the experience of ON DISPLAY on the 3rd!
— Silva Laukkanen, BodyShift Project Coordinator

HLD takes over Times Square...Again! by Heidi Latsky

In celebration of Disability Awareness Month and the upcoming International Day for Persons with Disabilities, HLD's images from ON DISPLAY TIMESTAMPed by Amro Arida will show for a full month on the east side of Times Square across from TKTS!

Final ON DISPLAY CITI Summer Streets! by Heidi Latsky

The final installation of HLD's ON DISPLAY: CITI Summer Streets was energized by full crowds, fair weather - including an unexpected downpour - and many special guests documenting the work, including The New York Times Opinion Section. To launch its special series on Disability the NYT opinion section filmed ON DISPLAY and interviewed Heidi for Facebook Live! 

Check it out here on the NYT page!

Friend to the company and the amazing artist behind Serene, Amro Arida, came from Boston to photograph and film CITI Summer Streets! Here are some of his photos.

Budding artist and Heidi's daughter, Charlotte Jones, also captured some amazing footage of the installation, reprising her inspired look from the first installation. Here are some of them!

ON DISPLAY Citi Summer Streets by Heidi Latsky

HLD set up its installation ON DISPLAY this summer alongside Citi Summer Streets, a month-long event with pedestrian friendly sites and activities. ON DISPLAY Summer Streets has performances Aug 6, 13, 20 from 11-1p

Check out these amazing photos from our first performance by Charlotte Jones!

ON DISPLAY - Monteroni by Heidi Latsky

As we gear up for ON DISPLAY GLOBAL this December HLD is ecstatic about the additional sites coming on board. The newest is Monteroni, Italy which has participants with physical and cognitive disabilities. The installation was a major success.

See its power below!

ON DISPLAY: BOSTON by Heidi Latsky

After several successful installations in NYC, ON DISPLAY traveled to Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art over two weekends - June 11-12 & June 18-19. With lovely weather on both weekends, the Boston community created one of the first global installations of ON DISPLAY!

New England artist Amro Arida also filmed a beautiful portrayal of the installation. Check it out, below!

#MeOnDisplay is on Buzzfeed! by Heidi Latsky

Our social media campaign gains more ground with a new post on Buzzfeed by friend of HLD and disabled choreographer Mark Travis Rivera. In it he picks 20 portraits of people who have joined the revolution.

Continue to check our Instagram and Facebook to see more posts from around the world

And check out the article here!

#MeOnDisplay Buzzfeed Article

On Display live at NYU by Heidi Latsky

A look at our formal version of On Display live at NYU in celebration of International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This performance was simulcast with Second Echo Ensemble in Hobart, Australia. 

ON DISPLAY takes the United Nations by Heidi Latsky

To commemorate International Day for Persons with Disabilities on December 3rd, HLD installed its movement exhibit, ON DISPLAY, in the United Nations General Assembly Lobby.

Read what passersby had to say on social media!

Watched Heidi Latsky Dance redefine ‪#‎disability‬ in this breathtaking performance by dancers with disability on the Int'l Day of Persons with Disability. It was moving in a sense that it challenges the perceptions of the often misperceptions around disability. ‪#‎HLDONDISPLAY‬ - absolutely beautiful!"-

Vina Barahman

"Starting the day with  an amazing and striking performance by Heidi Latsky Dance to revert our obsession with perfect bodies #HLDONDISPLAY"-Amirhos

Even Italy had its praises! Read it below.



Latsky "Redefines diversity" in DIYdancer article by Heidi Latsky

The dance world — even in New York City, which is surprising — has historically been remarkably closed to this kind of work. But I think that’s changing now, especially because Dance/NYC is really pushing dance and disability. I’m on a task force for people with disabilities who are involved in the dance world...I think we're making a breakthrough here.
Heidi Latsky Dance in Somewhere at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Heidi Latsky Dance in Somewhere at Brooklyn Bridge Park