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Boston, MA

Photo courtesy of the artist

Ilya Vidrin is a choreographer, researcher, and educator situated at the nexus of performing arts, ethics, and interactive media. Born into a refugee family, Ilya grew up navigating the nuances of cultural expectations, language barriers, and diverging political ideologies. This experience of code-switching fuels Ilya's research and artistic practice to examine social ethics in physical interaction, including intimate labors of care, cultural competence, and social responsibility. Ilya has been featured as one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” (2022), and invited as a guest artist at BallettxSchwerin, North Atlantic Ballet, Ballet Des Moines, TedXProvidence, L.A. Contemporary Dance Company, New Museum (NYC), Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, National Parks Service, Harvard ArtLab, MIT Media Lab, and the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston). Ilya holds a Master’s Degree in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University and a practice-based PhD from the Centre for Dance Research at Coventry University (UK). Based in Boston, Ilya is the director of the Partnering Lab, a research platform for investigating embodied ethics in and through shared movement.

Research Residency (2024)

Dancing Lab: Technology (2024)

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