In the Fall of 2017, Reciprocity was awarded the inaugural Creative Arts Residency at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. This partnership brought over 40 artists together to bring live performance art, music, and dance to the beautiful campus, activating the galleries for performance and engaging museum patrons on Wednesday evenings, when the museum typically waives its admission fee to ensure free access to the public.
The residency featured nine curated evenings of music and dance, including three world premier musical arrangements. Events totaled three moderated pop-up installations, a dance partnering workshop, two outdoor performances, and two evening-length concerts, one featuring an evening of work by Boston-local, composer, Tony Schemmer, and the final culminating performance in the Koch Gallery with newly commissioned dance work set to pieces by Rachmaninoff, Cage, and Arnold Schönberg's epic string sextet, Verklärte Nacht.
In addition to curating these performances, artistic director Ilya Vidrin collaborated with interdisciplinary film-maker, Sue Murad, on dance and film experiments in conversation with the museum as a site. The two-month exploration brought Sue and Ilya into numerous encounters with galleries, hallways, vestibules, stairwells, investigating the formal architectural features and textures in and outside of the museum buildings.