Collision of Dance and Disability

Collision of Dance and Disability

A dance company called Gimp, whose members have disabilities including amputated limbs, turns a prevailing notion of physical handicaps on its head. (NYT)

This modern dance company called “Gimp” confronts disability head-on. Made up of members with a wide range of physical challenges, Gimp uses dance to honor the individual’s unique ways of moving and being.

This New York Times video includes interviews with the dancers and choreographer and shows them all in rehearsal. Rather than work around the dancers’ particular limitations, choreographer Heidi Latsky tries to find distinct abilities and artistic possibilities in their bodies.

The offbeat stride of a man with cerebal palsy is featured along with the asymmetry of a woman who has one arm shorter than the other. “The goal is to honor each person’s really specific ways of moving, really specific, unique personalities,” says Latsky.

CHANNEL: New York Times

Length: 3:35

By Corey Kilgannon