'OtherWise': An Evening of Song, Dance, and Poetry

Special Event
Event Format
In person
Harvard Dance Center, 66 Garden Street, Cambridge

Centering on intergenerational trauma in refugee experience, “OtherWise” is a multidisciplinary production that investigates and responds to Soviet-era songs of oppression and hope. Drawing upon and interpreting the censored texts of iconic singer-songwriters, or "bards," Bulat Okudzhava and Vladimir Vysotsky, "OtherWise" fuses dance, music, and spoken word to illuminate the sublime social power of poetic practices. Directed by Dr. Ilya Vidrin, collaborators include first-generation singer/song-writer Alec Hutson, Slavic scholar Dr. Vera Koshkina, and choreographic assistant Jessi Stegall, dramaturg Valeria Solomonoff, and a cast of 12 performers. 

Please note that there are two performance dates at the Harvard Dance Center: 

Saturday May 18, 8pm
Sunday May 19, 4pm

Event is free for Harvard ID holders. Others can buy tickets through the Harvard Dance Center box office.

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This project is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Boston Center for the Arts, Movement Arts Creation Studio (MACS), The Boston Foundation "Live Arts Boston" Grant, the Theatre, Dance, and Media Concentration and the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University.


The Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact us at 617-495-4037 or daviscenter@fas.harvard.edu in advance of your participation or visit. Requests for Sign Language interpreters and/or CART providers should be made at least two weeks in advance if possible. Please note that the Davis Center will make every effort to secure services but that services are subject to availability.