Russian born dancer-actress-singer-costume designer Ksenia Vidyaykina
began her career in performance at the State Theatre Arts Academy in
St. Petersburg, Russia, as a teen-ager. In 1989, she began dancing
with the Do-Theatre,
a Butoh-inspired Russian troupe. She participated in eleven
productions and several European tours with the company.
In 1996, she began acting with the Formalny Theatre,
a Grotowski influenced St. Petersburg company, and appeared as one of
the three central women in People, Lions, Eagles, and
Partridges, the troupe's radical reinterpretation of Chekhov.
In 1999, after a year of intense study at the European Dance
Development Center (EDDC) in Arnheim, Holland, she created and
performed her first solo dance-theatre piece, WORK. Later that year, she relocated to San
Francisco and immediately began dancing with the
company, an internationally renowned Bhutto troupe.
In 2000, she moved to New York, and that summer danced with
Chuma's School of Hard Knocks for the
Altogether Different festival. The following summer
she performed again with the
this time in Moscow's Red Square as part of the Theatre Olympics Festival.
In the summer of 2002, Ksenia performed in
Robert Wilson's Watermill
Art Center annual benefit. Last winter Ksenia danced in Cathy Weis's
Electric Haiku at
Dance Theatre Workshop. Reviewing the production,
the New York Times described Vidyaykina's "ravishing solo in white
light" as "the highlight of the piece."
In March of 2003, Ksenia acted
and danced on a trapeze in a Columbia University production of "A
Midsummer Night's Dream" at Riverside Church.
In the summer of 2003, her solo piece TRAPPED, performed at the
FringeNYC festival, a production of The Present Company, received the Excellence Award in Choreography and The Village Voice wrote
"Vidyaykina possesses hypnotic physical and directorial powers, and impressively held forth".
In November 2003, Ksenia was engaged as an actress and singer in the John Jesurun production of CHANG IN A VOID MOON presented by La MaMa.
As a singer, Ksenia is an integral part of the nationally known
avant-cabaret group Barbez, completing two U.S tours
with the band. She has also recorded one full-length record with
Barbez and is in the midst of finishing the second album.
As a costume designer, she worked for several years at the
Helin Studio in Brooklyn, designing costumes for Nickelodeon, Disney,
and Broadway shows such as the Lion King. Her pieces have been
performed at P.S. 122, Galapagos Art Space,
the Village Voice Siren music festival, and HERE. Besides touring, Ksenia sings
regularly with Barbez at, among other places, Tonic, the Knitting Factory and Fez.