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SunnySpot Productions, Inc.
Board of Directors
Stephen E. Jones
Michele Kumi Baer
Bill T. Jones
Jay O. Sanders
Young Professionals Group
Shannon E. O'Brien
The mission of Heidi Latsky Dance 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.
Heidi Latsky Dance (HLD) is a New York-based modern dance company dedicated to creating provocative, highly technical and physically adventurous dance under the artistic direction of Heidi Latsky, a longtime principal member of Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. Hailed by The New York Times as "a choreographer and dancer of uncommon intelligence and fluidity," Latsky has been a moving force in the dance world for over 25 years, creating works for stage, theater and film. Since its inception in 2001, the company has received numerous awards, commissions and residencies.
HLD is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) corporation, incorporated as Latsky Dance Inc. With offices in NYC, HLD performs locally, nationally and internationally. HLD’s mission and vision 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 is currently working with diverse performers who are both disabled and non-disabled.
Heidi Latsky Dance premiered in 2001 with a Joyce Theater Residency and its first sold-out run of JUST WATCH!, presented by Danspace Project in NYC. A variety of work followed, at venues around the world including American Dance Festival, Dublin Dance Festival, Central Park Summerstage, Kennedy Center, Scripps College Humanities Institute, DaDaFest Liverpool, Chicago Humanities Festival, CREA Conference Kathmandu, Crossing Borders Festival Dusseldorf, Jacob’s Pillow, The Whitney Museum of American Art, and Lincoln Center.
The Gimp Project - a series of dance works and accompanying outreach programs that involves diverse unconventional casts - developed during the fall of 2006 when Latsky received a commission from Boston based interdisciplinary artist Lisa Bufano who is a bilateral amputee. The critically and audience acclaimed GIMP (2008) toured internationally for four years and received much media attention including AP, CNN and NY Times multimedia pieces and an Emmy nomination for a feature on the company.
"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 & Public Affairs Specialist, National Council on Disability
Heidi Latsky is an advocate for disability rights and serves actively on the Disability Task Force for Dance/NYC. As a core part of its mission and work, HLD is committed to reflecting the diversity that it serves and actively follows the disability rights movement by embracing ‘nothing without us'—that is, its practice in choreography and performance and its composition of board leadership and staff has the representation and full, direct involvement of disabled people.
"Heidi is a highly respected advocate in the disability community; she has met and sat on panels with leading disabled policy advisors, allies, and partners. Her name is certainly known in the arts and entertainment community, but it is also known to the disabled community as an artist who is committed to them. Our constituents were given unprecedented opportunities to participate and actually see themselves in performance and celebrate their disability. As my colleagues and I spoke about progress, Heidi actively showed it."
Victor Calise, Commissioner at The Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities
Latsky's training in psychology and her desire to explore the human condition through movement have resulted in the company collaborating with various social service and humanitarian organizations. HLD’s vast history of partnerships include work with The Center For Learning And Leadership (CLAL), Dancers Responding to AIDS, Friends of Island Academy (serving incarcerated youth), performances for disability organizations’ galas and festivals, and most recently a presentation at TEDxWomen.
HLD has been performing annually at The Reelabilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival since its inception and every trimester at Rutgers University. HLD was on the 2013-14 roster of the New York State Presenters Network’s Presenter-Artist Partnership Project. A television profile of Heidi Latsky Dance featuring Heidi and dancer Jerron Herman has garnered national acclaim. Correspondent John Bathke and News 12 New Jersey received a National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Award, bestowed by the Los Angeles Press Club.