Leah Stein Dance Company

Leah Stein directs Battle Hymns singers and dancers at Kezar Pavilion in April 2013, set to a libretto based on Civil War texts. Photo by Sidney Chen.

This Philadelphia-based dance company is committed to making dances spontaneously, rigorously, in collaboration, and in connection with the moment. City Paper has described Stein’s work as “extremely tactile, with an ever-present passion for exploration” noting that she often redefines “the space between stage and audience.” Stein frequently creates dances for large outdoor or architectural sites—Bartram’s Garden, 23rd Street Armory, and Eastern State Penitentiary, among others—where her sensual, loose style of moving contrasts sharply with the physical edges and parameters of each site. Her choreography is most often engaged with live music-making and her company has commissioned scores from composers including David Lang and Pauline Oliveros.


Collaborators & Colleagues

Cynthia Oliver is a New York Dance and Performance Award (“Bessie”)-winning choreographer whose work has been presented nationally and internationally.

Nichole Canuso’s TAKES, which traveled to the 3LD Art & Technology Center in New York City after its Philadelphia premiere, was covered in an article by the New York Times.

Grants & Grantees

Annenberg Center Live presented Basil Twist’s Petrushka and held workshops for local puppeteers, which included a tour of Twist’s studio.

In the third iteration of the Center’s danceworkbook series, Dr. Linda Caruso Haviland introduces three performed lectures by Foster.

Grants & Grantees

Located in Chinatown North in Center City Philadelphia, Asian Arts Initiative fosters social change through art.

In the first iteration of the Center’s danceworkbook series, Philadelphia’s Headlong Dance Theater examines artistic process in collaboration with choreographer Tere O’Connor.

BalletX presented the world premiere of Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Still@Life and Helen Pickett’s Union.

Grants & Grantees

Lily Yeh is a sculptor and a 1992 Pew Fellow.

Grants & Grantees

Nichole Canuso and her collaborators created TAKES, an interactive environment that applied the cinematic notion of the “take” to the world of dance.

As part of Pasión y Arte’s Philadelphia Flamenco Festival, International House Philadelphia will host a screening of Flamenco Hoy by the celebrated film maestro Carlos Saura.

Grants & Grantees

Nicole Cousineau (Pew Fellow, 2007) makes multimedia dance theater based in strong, rigorous movement investigation.

A performance piece interpreting classical South Indian music and dance, inspired by themes of liberty and freedom drawn from Philadelphia’s history.