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The New York Times has described Heidi Latsky as a “choreographer and dancer of uncommon intelligence and fluidity,” and has written that, for her, “there are no unbeautiful bodies and no bodies incapable of dancing. In what some might call disability, she finds possibility.” With her ongoing series On Display, she turns a cast of diverse bodies into a sculptural installation, appropriating the notion of the body as spectacle and addressing society’s tendency to objectify, judge, and stigmatize people who are different from ourselves. On the stage of the Kasser, in collaboration with lighting designer Robert Wierzel, New York Live Arts Associate Artistic Director Janet Wong, and a cast of 14 performers, she has created an arresting new filmed version of the work.
Elevator Repair Service
BALDWIN AND BUCKLEY AT CAMBRIDGE
In 1965, James Baldwin and William F. Buckley, Jr., were invited to the Cambridge University Union to debate the resolution “The American Dream Is at the Expense of The American Negro.” The result was a provocative and profoundly relevant confrontation between Baldwin, one of the most powerful figures of the civil rights movement, and Buckley, often considered the father of 20th Century patrician conservatism. Building on its history of staging unconventional texts, New York-based ensemble Elevator Repair Service (ERS) will present the debate verbatim in a special video preview of this new work. With both 1965 and 2021 in mind, Baldwin and Buckley at Cambridge – through a starkly simple design and acting that favors intimacy over impersonation – presents the debate as real, immediate, and of this moment.