Friday 07/15/22 2PM
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Somatic Partnering Workshop

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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.

This event has reached capacity.

A limited number of standby tickets may be available at the admissions desk on a first-come, first-served basis. The standby line will open at 1:30 p.m. on July 15.

About the Artist

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.


Generous ongoing support is provided by the Charlotte and Bill Ford Artist Talks Fund.

Artist residencies are made possible, in part, by:
Laurie Wolfert
The Bowery Council of the New Museum
Public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Endowment support is provided by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund; the Skadden, Arps Education Programs Fund; and the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fund for Education Programs at the New Museum.

A full list of support for “ILYA VIDRIN: EVERYTHING YOU DO MATTERS, NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO” can be viewed here.

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