Image credit: Olivia Moon

“OtherWise” by Ilya Vidrin

In-Person Open Rehearsals

Limited number of tickets available

Friday, November 12 • 8pm
Saturday, November 13 • 8pm
Free Admission | RSVP Required

All patrons, regardless of age, must present either proof of vaccination or negative COVID test in order to enter the theatre.

Calderwood Pavilion at BCA | 539 Tremont Street, Boston 02116

Shared as a work-in-process through the new Dancemakers Laboratory at BCA, OtherWise is a multidisciplinary performance production investigating intergenerational trauma through the lens of the Soviet-era bard movement.

Drawing upon and interpreting the songs of iconic bards such as Bulat Okudzhava, Vladimir Vysotsky, Alexander Galich, and Yuri Vizbor, OtherWise fuses dance, music, and spoken word to illuminate a unique refugee experience.

Please join us for a series of open rehearsals to view the work and share feedback as the artistic team continues to develop and investigate this layered production.

“OtherWise” by Ilya Vidrin is part of WeekendCreate at BCA!

From Friday, November 12 through Sunday, November 14, WeekendCreate includes:

Open rehearsal of OtherWise
by Ilya Vidrin
– Friday, November 12 • 8pm
– Saturday, November 13 • 8pm

Mithusuca Berry: The Sun Knows No Impostor
Gallery walk and opening reception
– Saturday, November 13 • 6pm-8pm

BCA resident artists showcase
South End Open Studios
– Saturday, November 13 • 11am-6pm
– Sunday, November 14 • 11am-6pm

Join us for all three events!


About Ilya Vidrin

Ilya Vidrin is a choreographer, dramaturg, and research-practitioner 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 his research and artistic practice to interrogate ethical dimensions of human interaction, including the embodiment of empathy, cultural competence, and social responsibility.

In recent years, Ilya has been artist-in-residence at Ballet Des Moines, North Atlantic Ballet, Jacob’s Pillow, AREA Gallery, the National Parks Service, Harvard ArtLab, The Walnut Hill School, Interlochen Arts Academy, MIT Media Lab, Windhover Center for Performing Arts, Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), and the New Museum (NYC).

Alongside his artistic practice, Ilya pursued undergraduate studies in Cognitive Neuroscience at Northeastern University, a Master’s in Human Development at Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in Performing Arts at the Centre for Dance Research (United Kingdom).

Collaborative Team

Ilya Vidrin, Director/Choreographer
Alec Hutson, Singer/Songwriter
Dr. Vera Koshkina, Advisor (Soviet History)
Daniel Kurganov, Advisor (Music)
Valeria Solomonoff, Dramaturg
Jessi Stegall, Creative Producer/Dancer
Penney Pinnette, Costume Design
Leah Misano, Dancer
Kendall Niblett, Dancer
Olivia Link, Dancer
Sue Murad, Cinematographer

The project is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Combined Jewish Philanthropies, and The Boston Foundation “Live Arts Boston” Grant.


Dancemakers Research Laboratory at BCA supports a handful of dance-based artists to continue to explore and develop existing work through the lens of process extending beyond the initial premiere of a work. Through a series of open rehearsals, the artists create a feedback loop with mentors and those impacted or involved in the addressed topic.

The 2021-2022 pilot season will feature work from Rachel Linsky, Jenny Oliver, and Ilya Vidrin. Throughout their time on BCA’s campus, each dancemaker will invite guests and colleagues to share feedback on their work through a series of closed and open rehearsals.

If you would like to be involved in the feedback loop or learn more about the program, please contact Andrea Blesso, Director of Dance & Interdisciplinary Arts.