Ilya Vidrin 

Art | Science | Education

My doctoral work focuses on the philosophy of partnering. I have been interested in the significance of discretionary power, consent, and trust in physical exchanges, as well as the ways partnering can be evaluated from the inside (by partners themselves) and from the outside.


As an educator, my teaching method is centered on ethical social practice. I have designed workshops and courses that offer tools to reflect on movement, fusing theory and physical practice. The training model is tailored for different audiences, from pre-professional and conservatory dancers looking to hone skills and create choreography in artistic settings.

My research has led to the development of the Partnering Lab, which investigates the complexity of physical interaction across disciplines including clinical care, professional development, and arts-based practice of collaboration in music and dance. 

The lab focuses on formal research in the education and training of ethical physical interaction, including medical and corporate professionals seeking to enhance non-verbal communication skills. Part of the research includes the design and implementation of wearable technology to understand and destabilize implicit biases of non-verbal communication. 

This research is undertaken through controlled studies in academic spaces (Harvard, MIT, University of Illionois-Urbana, Coventry University), in collaboration with researchers at the Robotics, Automation, and Dance Lab (University of Illinois), the Yale Department of Physics, and the Fluid Interfaces Group at the MIT Media Lab; creative choreographic residencies at Jacob's Pillow, Centre for Dance ResearchNYU Center for Ballet and the Arts; and with professional dancers from companies including the Erick Hawkins Dance Company, The Cambrians, Chicago Hubbard Street, Boston Ballet, and The Royal Swedish Ballet.

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