LSDC 1990s

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A collection of original works by Leah Stein that span over the 80s & 90s, including solos, collaborations, and company works

Work titles & summaries:

Palmary 1987

Performed at the Community Education Center, The Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, PA


Paparuda 1987

Performed at the Community Education Center, The Painted Bride Art Center

Solo reflecting on rites of passage: Youth, Ceremony, Challenge, Reflection, Departure


Grounds to churn (excerpts) 1989 

Performed at Susan Hess Studio, Philadelphia, PA 

Music composed and  performed by Toshi Makihara

Using kidney beans, four dancers engage in a cycle of planting, growing, uprooting and harvesting


Battery Alexander (excerpts) 1990 

Private performance in abandoned military installation,

Fort Barry, Sausalito, CA. Homage to the ghosts of the surrounding hill


Bone (excerpts) 1990 

Performed at Susan Hess Studio, The Painted Bride Art Center, Group Motion, Philadelphia, PA, Yellow Springs Institute in Chester Springs, PA.

Collaborative work with Karen McMahon inspired by experiences in the fields, springs, and hills near Yellow Springs Institute


Underhill Barn 1991 

Private solo performance in old cattle barn in northern VT


Departure (excerpts) 1993

Performed at Monastery Stables, Fairmount Park, Philadelphia

Commissioned work for thirty dancers, multi-generational community performers 

In collaboration with percussionist Toshi Makihara and sculptor Ed Dormer. 

Hour long site-specific performance


Nightshade 1993

Performed at Susan Hess Studio in Philadlephia. 

Solo with original sound score drawing from physical memories of night

35min (+discussion) 

Bees of the Invisible (excerpts) 1994 

Performed at St. Mark’s Church in New York

Collaborative work with composer Mark Weber created for the space at St

Mark’s. Solo performed with The Atlantic String Quartet and pianist Alan Johnson


Return (excerpts) 1994 

Performance over two weekends along the Manayunk Canal in Philadelphia 

Percussion by Toshia Makihara and David Forlano, sculpture by Ed Dormer

Performers included eight dancers, six untrained performers, singer Beth Williams & bagpiper Rufus Harley


Dreamfield  1995

Performed at the Painted Bride Arts Center in Philadlephia, Gallery Dieu Donne in NYC, and the Philadelphia Arts Bank. 

Ongoing collaborative work with sculptor Jeanne Jaffe

40min (+5min excerpt)

Embers (excerpts) 1995 

Performed at WHYY Forum Theatre as part of City Dances Festival, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA

Trio inspired by the final glow and sparks of burning embers

Sound score created by David Forlano


Junebug (excerpts) 1997

Site-specific performance project at Historic Bartram’s Garden. 

Commissioned by the Schuylkill River Development Council with support from The Philadelphia Dance Projects and Arranged Introductions. 

Collaboration with percussionist Toshi Makihara and sculptor Ed Dormer. 

11 dancers and 16 children from the 4-H Club at Bartram’s Village

Images of insect and plant life interaction with a play of scale and distance


From Earth to the Moon (excerpts) 1999

Collaboration with composer Robert Maggio. Commission from Network for New Music

Westchester University. Premiere at the Philadelphia Arts Bank with Network ensemble


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