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Cannot Be


Choreographer, artist and educator Ilya Vidrin and the New Museum’s Department of Education and Public Engagement present the New York premiere of Attunement: That Which Cannot Be Measured, a durational performance and workshop investigating the physicality of social ethics.


The program begins with a performance, in which dancers wear sensors designed to track and record subtle movements. The live data is then transmitted to a musician, who responds by interpreting the sensors’ score in real-time. Dancers respond to the sound, creating a feedback loop. The performance will then transition to a workshop, inviting audience members to explore movement-based studies. Through the practice of negotiating touch, proximity, and orientation, participants will investigate the physicality of ethical concepts, including consent, willingness, resistance, receptivity, and responsiveness.


Lead by Ilya Vidrin, collaborating artists include dancers Jessi Stegall, Valeria Solomonoff, and Orlando Reyes, as well as musicians Daniel Kurganov (violin), Alec Hutson (guitar and vocals) and Lo K Clayton (photography). The creation of this multimedia work has been generously supported by the Harvard University ArtLab, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and the MIT Media Lab.

Though the process for this work was halted in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the team is in the process of preparing for the next iteration of this work for 2022. 

Photographs by Lo K Clayton.

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