In Focus: Heidi Latsky’s "GIMP"
NETnebraska feature on GIMP residency and performance at University of Nebraska (broadcast April 2011)
A “gimp” can be a lame person. But it can also be a ribbon-like fabric or a fighting spirit. It can also mean an uneven gait or the ability to turn, vacillate and tremble ecstatically. All of that was contained in “GIMP,” a Heidi Latsky Dance production that was presented by FISA in partnership with the Pittsburgh Dance Council and the August Wilson Center, where it was performed Saturday night.
As it turned out “GIMP” was the perfect birthday gift for FISA to give itself, summing up all that the organization has done for 100 years in giving dignity, respect and support to women, children and the disabled.
Of course, we have seen Ms. Latsky before as a winning force in Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company and as a respected solo/duet choreographer. She was back, first fashioning a quiet prologue with more than 10 Pittsburgh community members, then performing with her own nine-member company, all a blend of able-bodied and disabled dancers. Read more of the Post-Gazette’s review
Heidi Latsky Dance had a residency and performance of GIMP at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln last year, which was documented by NETnebraska. You can watch the video at the top of this post or view it on YouTube.