An annual worldwide event created by the Heidi Latsky Dance Company of New York, a company of diverse abilities - to commemorate international day of persons with disabilities on December 3rd.
Through this project we are expanding who can participate in art and what inclusion looks like on a global scale.
ON DISPLAY is a human sculpture court of diverse and extreme bodies providing commentary on the body as spectacle and society's obsession with body image.
On Display has been recognised among the community of people with disabilities as an empowering event: Feedback Here.
We've always been taught not to stare; not to look at someone deeply because it might offend them; that if someone "different" catches our eye we have objectified them. This is the life of the viewer. Alternatively, should we possess a birthmark, a glorious height, or unknown disability we risk being too noticeable and often ostracized or worse. This is the life of the viewed. In both lives,there is a harsh limitation where one does not have the time to see beyond mere characteristics and the other cannot be seen as anything but other.
How can we possibly create a safer space for both to really look?
“On Display/Boston is everything I want from a work of art: It is thoughtful and makes you think. It provokes reflection. It is full of spirit. It is full of beauty. It is inclusive. And it takes you deep inside yourself even as it expands the world around you.” DAVID HENRY, Bill T. Jones Director of Performing and Media Arts
There are currently 40 sites worldwide contributing a short video clip of an ‘On Display’ installation to Heidi Latsky Dance for a film to be broadcast on a monitor in the General Assembly Lobby of the United Nations, NY on December 3rd.
In association with Heidi Latsky Dance, Phoenix Functions hosted the Inaugural ON DISPLAY / CAIRNS event in 2019.
On Display / Cairns can be seen here.
On Display / Cairns was, also, represented in the International clips shown on the International Day for People with Disabilities in the UN, New York. You can see that clip, here. The Cairns event is at the 1:03:04 mark.
Although a small event, we are looking forward to building the participation over the comming years so that we can continue to build an awareness among the community of the possibilities for people of all abilities to participate fully in the arts.
ON DISPLAY GLOBAL is back in 2020 in a new online form due to the covid-19 pandemic.
Phoenix Functions requests your participation in the creation of an ON DISPLAY Event in Atherton for 2020, as celebrating every person on International Day of Persons with Disabilities
PERSONS WITH OR WITHOUT DISABILITIES OVER 16 YEARS ARE WELCOME TO PARTICIPATE.
To create the as-a marble-sculpture effect, the performers will be dressed in white and spread out around the performance area. Performers begin by adopting a comfortable position. They hold the position until they feel a body desire to move to another position. They move to that position and hold again. Performers repeat this process for up to one hour.
Mobility aids such as wheelchairs and walking aids are used where they are a necessary part for participation.
There are no theatrical props involved.
The work will be live streamed and recorded for On Display Global and viewers are encouraged to 'wander' through the online displays.
The whole event will be also be filmed by Phoenix Functions. Participation in the event will be agreement for your image to be displayed in public media by Phoenix Functions and Heidi Latsky Dance
Thursday 3rd December 6-7pm; Friday 4th Dec 10-11am
For Venue and other information:
REGISTER Your INTEREST HERE