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KHC/NEH 2014-2015 Colloquium: Testimony across the Disciplines: Cultural and Artistic Responses to Genocide: Dance, Disability and the Holocaust

Testimony across the Disciplines: Cultural and Artistic Responses to Genocide

Event Information

Dance, Disability and the Holocaust
Wednesday, October 22, 2014, at 12:10pm 
  —  SPEAKERS: Heidi Latsky with an Introduction by Dr. Amy Traver and joined by QCC Dance Professors Emily Berry and Aviva Geismar

Event Description

Many scholars assert that the Nazi government’s attempts to create an Aryan master race began with and were tested by their early efforts to rid German society of people with disabilities. From the “Law for the Prevention of Progeny with Hereditary Diseases” to “Operation T4,” these efforts aimed for nothing less than the eradication of current and future generations of Germans with mental illnesses, learning disabilities, physical deformities, epilepsy, blindness, and/or deafness. Current estimates indicate that approximately 275,000 individuals with disabilities were murdered under Nazi rule. Consequently, any attempt to understand the history and relevance of the Holocaust must pay special attention to the intersections of the dance, race, and disability. As such, this conversation with Heidi Latsky, founder, artistic director, and choreographer of Heidi Latsky Dance will present and discuss excerpts from the GIMP project which integrates and is inclusive of dancers with disabilities. Ms Latsky will dsicuss clips from her critically-acclaimed show “GIMP.” As a show grounded in the performances of dancers with disabilities, “GIMP” stays true to Latsky’s mission to exhibit all bodies as creative expressive instruments and to uphold, rather than fear, embodied differences.

Performance at QCC

Kurema: Moving at the Speed of Peace

In April 2014, dancers around the world remembered the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

Dance Video