ON DISPLAY/HARVARD 2019

Date: 

Tuesday, December 3, 2019, 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

Widener Library, 1 Harvard Yard, Cambridge, MA

Dancers pose in different positions like in a sculpture garden. Some are in wheelchairs, some are standing, one poses on the ground with a propped up cane. Dancers are dressed in all white and they are in a big open room in UN headquarters.CELEBRATING INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2019

The Harvard Dance Center, in partnership with Harvard Library, will present a movement installation entitled “ON DISPLAY/HARVARD” on December 3, 2019, from 7-8pm, at Widener Library.The work is part of a worldwide initiative titled “ON DISPLAY GLOBAL” developed by New York-based, physically integrated contemporary dance company Heidi Latsky Dance, where communities perform the work on December 3rd as part of a unified network of over 60 locations around the world celebrating the United Nation’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities. “ON DISPLAY” is performed at the United Nations headquarters in Washington D.C. by Heidi Latsky Dance alongside a slideshow and footage of the “ON DISPLAY GLOBAL” sites performing the work around the world.

“ON DISPLAY” evolved out of a partnership with the New York City Mayor’s Office and the United Nations in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 2015. The work is always presented in a public and accessible space, allowing the performers and the public alike to fully witness each other. It is seen as a platform to experience and broadcast difference, to elevate and celebrate it within a clear context.

In November 2018, Heidi Latsky Dance visited Harvard Dance Center for a master class and discussion on accessibility and art-making, in partnership with The Harvard Law School Project on Disability and Theater, Dance & Media. During the master class, choreographer and artistic director Heidi Latsky and company member Tiffany Geigel taught the process and structure for “ON DISPLAY.” Participants from the master class then performed the work at The Smith Campus Center on December 3, 2018. This year, over 25 new participants responded to an open call to Harvard community members and they include Harvard undergraduates, graduates, alumni, staff, and faculty. The work will be performed in the rotunda room and stairs of Widener Library from 7-8pm and passersby are encouraged to experience the work by viewing and walking through the installation.

From Heidi Latsky Dance:

“Reverting the gaze is integral to disability culture. In this installation, the performers have the power to choose what they do or do not reveal, giving them control over a personal journey that cannot help but be affected by an audience. The tenuous and complex relationship between viewer and viewed that exists in performative work also permeates everyday life with people who are different in some physical way and hence draws attention to themselves whether they want to or not.”

Persons with disabilities are encouraged to participate in all Harvard Dance Center programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact the Dance Office at dance@fas.harvard.edu or 617-495-8683 in advance of your participation or visit.

Image: Heidi Latsky Dance in "ON DISPLAY" at the UN headquarters in Washington D.C.