Dance and Empathy
Le Laboratoire Cambridge is thrilled to organize a movement workshop as a follow-up to the succesful talk last week led by Ilya Vidrin on the subject of "Dance and Empathy".
In the relationship between empathy and dance, trust and vulnerability seem always to be the first concepts that spring to mind.
Framed by Michalek's The Long Now exhibition, we will investigate relational, partnered movement through simple exercises designed to promote dialogue, physical and verbal, about trust, vulnerability, and care.
Couples welcome, though no partner necessary, and no movement background required.
Throughout the workshop, participants will be invited to explore personal space, eye contact, and spatial relationships through touch and weight-bearing exercises. We will do our best to accommodate all bodies/backgrounds and will offer alternative modifications where possible. For questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to Ilya directly at
Door: 6:30pm / Workshop: 7:00pm
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
With backgrounds in cognitive neuroscience, rhetorical theory, and classical, contemporary, and improvisational movement and sound, Ilya has spent much of his time synthesizing his academic and artistic interests to investigate interdisciplinary collaboration. A graduate of Northeastern University's College of Science, Ilya went on to receive a Master's Degree in Human Development form Harvard University, where he worked on clinical and experimental research projects investigating alternative therapies for cognitive and neurodegenerative disorders, including neuro-navigated Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and mindful/somatic enrichment. He has been a guest teacher at the Interlochen Arts Academy(Michigan), Hakodate Performing Arts High School (Japan), and the Laban Conservatoire (London), and has worked with professional musicians and dancers at the International Beethoven Festival, Greenhouse Festival (Israel), Royal Swedish Ballet (Stockholm), Erick Hawkins Dance Company, Boston Ballet, Kurofune Ensemble (Japan), The Cambrians (Chicago), and the Doppelgänger Dance Collective (Providence). Ilya continues to develop his research through a practice-based PhD in Performing Arts, with postgraduate fellowships at Harvard University and the Centre for Dance Research in the United Kingdom.