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Dancemakers Research Laboratory

In addition to our now established year-long Boston Dancemakers Residency program, Boston Center for the Arts recently added a new layer to this Residency in the form of our Dancemakers Research Laboratory at BCA to further broaden support for more local dancers and dancemakers.

Oftentimes, choreographers are just scratching the surface when creating work around topics larger than themselves and in response to existing resources. This residency offers choreographers and dancers the opportunity to further research and revise works that address current issues. Through a series of open rehearsals, the artists create a feedback loop with mentors and those impacted or involved in the addressed topic.

Dancemakers 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. Resources such as rehearsal space, industry advocacy, and dramaturgical support will be tailored for each dancemaker’s needs and point of their artistic arc.

The 2020 pilot season of Dancemakers Research Laboratory supported artists to further work focused on Indigengous displacement, Holocaust survivor stories, and Soviet refugee experiences and will feature work from Rachel LinskyJenny 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.


“Otherwise” by 2021 Resident Ilya Vidrin

“Untitled” by 2022 Resident Jenny Oliver

“The Schulhoff Collaboration” by 2022 Resident Rachel Linsky