A new duet by Leah Stein and violinist Diane Monroe, Sept 13-23

Leah Stein Dance Company’s INTERIOR will premiere in September as part of the 21st annual Philadelphia Fringe Festival.  The performance will be held from September 13 – 23 in the former art room of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel at 6:00 pm on each evening and runs for 45 minutes. The cost is $20 for general admission with artist rush tickets available for $5. Seating is limited and reservations are recommended. Tickets are available at or at the door.

Interior is an interdisciplinary collaboration between artistic director Leah Stein and renowned violinist and composer Diane Monroe. This new duet invites audiences into an intimate, nuanced, and surprising performance in the art room of a former elementary school, built in the early 20th century. Through sound, movement, and site, these risk-taking artists develop a language threading absence and presence, awareness of distant and near experiences of loss and regeneration. Interior invites audiences to witness the old art room as an interior space for unexpected discovery.

Leah Stein is the award-winning artistic director and founder of the Leah Stein Dance Company, now in its 15th Anniversary Season. Originally from the Hudson Valley New York, Leah Stein studied with influential artists Kei Takei, Diane McIntyre, Eiko and Koma, Simone Forti and Deborah Hay in her formative years as a choreographer. Improvisation is at the heart of her practice. Stein has collaborated with composers Byron Au Yong (TURBINE), David Lang (battle hymns), Pauline Oliveros (Urban ECHO), Dave Burrell (Brush Mind),Germaine Ingram (The Break, Other People’s Children), and Diane Monroe (Bellows Falls, Adjacent Spaces) and poet Josey Foo (Imprint and A Lily Lilies). LSDC collaborated with Alan Harler and the Mendelssohn Club Chorus creating five major productions between 2006 – 2015. Stein received a 2010 Independence Foundation Fellowship, three Pennsylvania of the Arts Fellowships for Choreography, and a Herald Angel Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and she was a 2013 finalist for a Pew Fellowship in the Arts. Through study and research with composer Pauline Oliveros and the Deep Listening Institute, Stein is a Certificate Holder in Deep Listening. She has taught extensively at Swarthmore College, Bryn Mawr College, and Drexel University and teaches children, young adults, seniors and professional artists.

Diane Monroe, violinist/composer, was born in Philadelphia. She has performed with world-renowned musicians from Yo-Yo Ma to Max Roach. Her solo performances have been heard in Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Switzerland’s Tonhalle. As a composer, she has written incidental music for two plays by Tap-it/New Works Ensemble. She was concertmaster of the Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra and has performed with Zero Moving Company, Karen Bamonte, and the Mark Morris Dance Company. She has collaborated with choreographers Lisa Kraus, Germaine Ingram, and Leah Stein. Presently, Monroe performs with her jazz quartet/quintet and her duo with vibraphonist Tony Miceli. Monroe’s visibility in the jazz world began with her long tenure as first violinist of the Uptown String Quartet and the Max Roach Double Quartet. Diane Monroe is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and University of the Arts. She teaches at Swarthmore College and Temple University.

Interior, a new duet by Leah Stein and violinist Diane Monroe
September 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, and 23 at 6:00 pm
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School Building, 2319 S. 3rd Street, Philadelphia, 19148
$20 for general admission

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