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Jersey City Theater Center Presents Live Visual Art and Dance this Weekend

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originally published: 11/17/2022

Jersey City Theater Center Presents Live Visual Art and Dance this Weekend

(JERSEY CITY, NJ) -- Jersey City Theater Center presents a unique visual arts experience this weekend (November 18-20). Heidi Latsky’s D.I.S.P.L.A.Y.E.D is an art exhibit where the art is live and the audience can walk through the sculpture court and then experience dynamic dancing as the performers break out of their stillness. 

D.I.S.P.L.A.Y.E.D by Heidi Latsky will run at Jersey City Theater Center (165 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302, Jersey City, NJ, 07302) on Friday, November 18 at 7:00pm, Saturday, November 19 at 7:00pm and Sunday, November 20 at 2:30pm. The performance is 45 minutes in length. 

“Jersey City Theater Center has an incredible weekend of inspirational art for our audiences,” said JCTC executive producer Olga Levina. “The artists with D.I.S.P.L.A.Y.E.D work through their pain to bring the joy of performance to others. ”

At the intersection of performance art and immersive technology Heidi Latsky Dance disrupts space, dismantles normal, and redefines beauty and virtuosity through innovative performance and discourse. Dedicated to reflecting the true diverse nature of the world we live in, HLD brings rigorous, passionate, and thought- provoking work to broad audiences.

Heidi Latsky Dance is a company that employs the largest number of performers with disabilities in the dance field. They are internationally recognized for their commitment to inclusion, artistry, professionalism and a high standard of excellence.

D.I.S.P.L.A.Y.E.D reflects this commitment in the form of a fantastical, slightly off kilter, living work of art that the audience moves through and interacts with. It’s captivating, riveting, fun, hypnotic, and beautiful. It’s Cirque du Soleil, PT Barnum voyeurism that’s socially relevant and edifying. Designed to move audience members from discomfort to comfort, it celebrates the unexpected. It’s accessible - all audience members can not only walk or roll through the exhibit, but can access our app that features audio-description for the blind and visually impaired community. It’s current - utilizing cutting edge technology to not dehumanize, but enhance the intimacy between the viewer and the viewed.

The arc of D.I.S.P.L.A.Y.E.D features 17 sculptures and lasts 45 minutes, showing the performers first as artifacts; then as isolated frenetic movers fixed on their spots; and finally as a community of soloists dancing dynamically through the space. Audiences are encouraged at any point to become their own sculpture at designated areas in the venue.

When dancers return to stillness at the end, the audience is invited to amble through the gallery again, but this time with an enhanced intimate experience using Audio Augmented Reality technology developed in partnership with Google’s Creative Lab. 



 
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The beginning and the end of D.I.S.P.L.A.Y.E.D are open-ended, so that the audience can take in the work at their leisure. With a large cast augmented by community performers, the JCTC will be transformed and will create a welcoming, safe space for both viewers and viewed.

Tickets are between $15 and $35 and are available at www.JCTCenter.org



Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) arts organization committed to inspiring conversations about important issues of our times through the arts. Co-founded by Executive Producer Olga Levina, an immigrant from Belarus, Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC) produces and presents universal yet locally relevant works, emphasizing social justice and human rights.  Since 2006, JCTC has provided a platform for all artistic voices to be heard in Jersey City, with the aim of sparking meaningful cross-cultural dialogue that helps build a greater understanding, mutual respect and better communities in New Jersey. 



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