Saturday, December 3, 2022 11am to 12pm
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You're invited to ON DISPLAY HARVARD 2022, part of ON DISPLAY GLOBAL, a worldwide movement installation and social justice initiative created by physically-integrated dance company Heidi Latsky Dance. This year, ON DISPLAY HARVARD 2022 will be a hybrid event, presented both as an in-person installation at the Memorial Hall Transept and viewed live around the world via ON DISPLAY GLOBAL’S 24-hour Zoom and Livestream platform.
ON DISPLAY invites performers and audience members alike to reconsider societal "norms" about disability and celebrates difference as an affirmation of our humanity. Originally created to disrupt public space, audience members are invited to wander through the installation and view each performer up close, as participants in the work create sculptural compositions of their own making, on their own terms, and in real time. The work is performed in silence and slowness, inviting reflection and introspection for all involved.
“The gaze is an integral part of the installation as an instrument of agency, and ODG plays with the tension between the viewer and the viewed, often blurring the roles of audience member and performer to challenge conventional notions of beauty."
–Living Sculptures: Honouring International Day of Persons with Disabilities, by Josephine Minhinnett, Fjord Review, 2020
Harvard Dance Center has been participating as an Ambassador of ON DISPLAY GLOBAL for the last four years, presenting ON DISPLAY HARVARD at accessible locations across campus as well as virtually. Through this collaboration, the Dance Center has been building a community of partners and diverse performers to bring awareness of disability justice, art, and culture to Harvard's campus and beyond.
ON DISPLAY HARVARD 2022 will be presented as part of a 4-day series of events in honor of International Day of Persons with Disabilities, curated by (snobs._), Graduate School of Design (GSD) Kenzō Tange Pavilion Program Curators. In conjunction with this series, the recorded performance of ON DISPLAY HARVARD 2022 will be digitally mediated in the evenings of December 3 & 4 as part of Oblique Obstruction, a public interactive installation designed by students of the Master in Design Studies program with Mediums Domain, displayed at the GSD Kenzō Tange Pavilion Program, located outside the GSD at the intersection of Cambridge Street and Quincy Street. More details about the full program will be available soon!
ON DISPLAY HARVARD 2022 is presented by Harvard Dance Center in partnership with Cambridge Common Voices (CCV), design,able, Domain Mediums of the Master in Design Studies (MDes) at GSD, Harvard Undergraduate Disability Justice Club, Heidi Latsky Dance, Memorial Hall, The MiND Project, and (snobs._).
For In-Person Installation at Memorial Hall:
Sighted guides and audio description will be offered at 11am for Blind and low vision audiences; a pre-show offering for tactile access with description of wearable art will be at 10:30am. Memorial Hall is wheelchair accessible.
For Virtual Installation on Zoom:
Audio description will be offered via a conference call line:
Dial by phone: +1 305 224 1968
Meeting ID: 948 4842 2633
International numbers available: https://harvard.zoom.us/u/au0dQugTM
If you anticipate needing any type of access service to participate, please email email@example.com. We welcome the conversation!
Image description: Royal blue square with white text that reads: "HARVARD DANCE CENTER PRESENTS" "ON DISPLAY HARVARD" "A collaboration with Heidi Latsky Dance" Beneath is a black and white triptych of three dancers in close-up poses performing in Heidi Latsky Dance's On Display. They are diverse in race, gender, and body and are in all white clothing with intricate wearable art. The camera viewpoint of the dancer in the middle is upside down and they are holding a walking cane in each hand and crossing them to create an "X". The two on the end are in upright standing poses. White text below reads: "In honor of International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3rd"
Photos are by Amro Arida, courtesy of Heidi Latsky Dance.