Ilya Vidrin and Jessi Stegall at the Harvard ArtLab (2020). Courtesy the artist
Participants in this two-hour workshop will explore the roots of physical interaction through movement. Join New Museum artist-in-residence Ilya Vidrin for guided physical practice, shared reflection, and facilitated dialogue. Combining dance with questions that challenge and enhance interaction, this unique approach includes exercises that engage subtle elements of relational movement, including touch, proximity, and mutual gaze. No prior dance experience is necessary; all bodies and physical abilities welcome.
Tickets to this program will be available for purchase on May 19, 2022.
The program will be presented onsite in the New Museum theater. All attendees are required to wear masks, regardless of vaccination status. Guest speakers may be un-masked and will be socially distanced from the audience while speaking onstage. Review the New Museum’s COVID guidelines in advance of your visit.
Ilya Vidrin (b. 1988, Boston) is a performer, educator, and researcher at the intersection of performing arts, philosophy, and interactive media. Born into a refugee family, Vidrin’s research and artistic practice interrogate the complex ethics of human interaction, including the embodiment of empathy, cultural competence, and social responsibility. He has been featured as one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” (2022), and has been an artist-in-residence at Jacob’s Pillow, North Atlantic Ballet, Ballet Des Moines, AREA Gallery, the National Parks Service, Harvard ArtLab, The Walnut Hill School, Interlochen Arts Academy, MIT Media Lab, Boston Center for the Arts, Le Laboratoire, and Museum of Fine Arts (Boston). Vidrin has also worked with professionals at L.A. Contemporary Dance Company, The Royal Swedish Ballet, Berlin Staatsballett, Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, The Cambrians, Erick Hawkins Dance Company, and dance artists including Sidra Bell, Aszure Barton, Ohad Naharin, William Forsythe, Brian Brooks, and Wendy Whelan. He is a recipient of several fellowships, including Byron Fellowship in Sustainable Leadership (2015), Derek Bok Fellowship in Media, Visualization, and Literacy (2015), Erasmus Fellowship (2016), Boston Foundation “Live Arts Boston” Grant (2018/2021), and Massachusetts Cultural Council Choreographic Fellowship (2020). Vidrin holds a Ph.D. from the Center for Dance Research, United Kingdom.
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