Performances · Exhibition-Related

Ilya Vidrin: Tikkun

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Ilya Vidrin and collaborators in process at the New Museum, New York, 2022. Photo: Jasmin Tabatabaee

Choreographer, artist, and educator Ilya Vidrin and the New Museum’s Department of Education and Public Engagement present the world premiere of Tikkun, a performance investigating social responsibility and communal care. The culmination of the 2022 New Museum Artist Residency “Ilya Vidrin: Everything You Do Matters, No Matter What You Do,” performances will take place on September 9 at 7 p.m. and September 10 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The program title Tikkun references Vidrin’s Jewish heritage, critically examining the theological concept of tikkun olam [repairing the world]. This work draws on questions of duty, agency, and consent. Together, the six performers manipulate gestural loops and layers to explore an emergent logic of care through shared movement. Tikkun's soundscape features symphonic fragments paired with controlled, modular experiments that provide opportunities for mutual listening and co-creative responses. Vidrin will perform with collaborators Eric Seligman (trumpet, vocals, electronics), Mel Hsu (cello, vocals, electronics), and movement artists Jessi Stegall, Cameron Surh, and Niki Farahani.


The program will be presented onsite at the New Museum. All attendees are required to wear masks, regardless of vaccination status. Performers may be un-masked and will be socially distanced from the audience while performing. Review the New Museum’s COVID guidelines in advance of your visit.

Friday September 9 | 7 PM

Saturday September 10 | 4 PM

Saturday September 10 | 7 PM

About the Performers

Niki Farahani (she/her; b. 1993, Bridgeport, CT) is a freelance movement artist and fitness professional who lives in New York City. She is the daughter of Hengameh Keshavarz and Behnam Farahani. A BFA graduate of Umass Amherst, Farahani has had the honor of performing works by Ohad Naharin, and Camille A Brown, as well as with Heath in Progress and the group formally known as VESSELS.

Mel Hsu (she/they; 1991, White Plains, NY) is a classically-trained cellist and soundscape multi-instrumentalist who lives and works in Philadelphia, PA. Her work has been featured on WNYC, at the SXSW Film Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Asian American International Film Festival, Poetic License Theater Festival, Source Festival, NY Indie Theatre Film Festival, and the BAM Puppets on Film Festival. Hsu is a recipient of the Barrymore Award for Outstanding Original Music (2018, Recipient; 2019, Nominee). Hsuholds a B.A. from Wesleyan University.

Eric Seligman (he/him; b. 1990, New York, New York) is a multi-instrumentalist and composer who lives and works in New York City. He frequently collaborates with musician Cliff Notez as a trumpet player and orchestrator, and he has opened for artists including Talib Kweli, Ja Rule, and Gym Class Heroes. Seligman has released indie-classical and indie-rock music with Baby Cleo, Zamin, Fleur de Lune, Mel Hsu, and others. He also teaches about the political economy of mass incarceration at John Jay College at the City University of New York (CUNY).

Jessi Stegall (she/her; b. 1998, Dallas, TX) is a dance theater artist, applied ethicist, and media designer who lives and works in Boston, MA. She has been an artist-in-residence with Ilya Vidrin at the Harvard ArtLab, National Parks Service, Windhover Performing Arts Center, and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and was recently featured as one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” (2022). As a dancer, Stegall has performed works by Jill Johnson, LROD, Ali Kenner Brodsky, Ilya Vidrin, and Jamila Glass. Her own work has been featured at the Motion State Film Festival, Cambridge Art Association, and at the aMaSSiT Residency in Cambridge, MA. In addition to her work in dance, Stegall holds an M.S. in Bioethics from Harvard University, a B.S. in Expressive Art Therapy from Lesley University, and is an alumna of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.

Cameron Surh (he/they; b. 2000, Napa, CA) is a freelance artist working with movement and computation who works and lives in Lenapehoking (Brooklyn). As a dancer, Surh has performed work by Shamel Pitts, Chuck Wilt, and Ted Thomas. His formative teachers include Bay Area-based Wanda McGill and Charles Torres. Surh aims to create interactive installations to consider control and identity. He holds a B.F.A in Dance and an M.A. in Interactive Media Arts, both from NYU Tisch.

Ilya Vidrin (he/they; b. 1988, Boston, MA) is a performer, educator, and researcher working 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 is featured as one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in 2022. Vidrin 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. He has also worked with the 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 PhD from the Center for Dance Research, United Kingdom.


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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