To honor the 25-year anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, mixed-ability dance companies AXIS Dance Company and Heidi Latsky Dance present a multimedia dance/art installation and three choreographic works at the NYU Skirball Center on November 15. A walk-through lobby installation, On Display, features the differently abled company dancers donning high-fashion clothing against a backdrop of film and music. AXIS Dance Company will present works by Marc Brew and Joe Goode alongside Heidi Latsky Dance’s piece about isolation, Somewhere, following the installation.
Photo by David DeSilva, courtesy of AXIS Dance Company
Dance/NYC announces a new, three-year disability initiative to increase arts access and inclusion for disabled people. The organization recently released a report, Discovering Disability: Data and NYC Dance, which introduces a call to action on four counts: Expand the scope of dance creation that includes disabled artists; improve dance education for disabled public school students; make dance facilities accessible for the disabled; and extend professional development and audience engagement to disabled people.
The initiative comes from a 10-person task force of disabled artists, educators and disability advocates. In July, Dance/NYC held a conference, Disability.Dance.Artistry., to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and build on recent research on inclusion and access.
Infinity Dance Theater
Photos from top: by Darial Sneed; by Sophia Negron; both courtesy of Dance/NYC