Leah Stein Dance Company – Ground Works, Sept 13-16

Leah Stein Dance Company (LSDC) will premiere a new site-specific performance called Ground Works at Woodmere Art Museum as part of the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. This work marks Artistic Director and Choreographer Leah Stein’s second commission by Woodmere, following Portraits in Spring 2017.  This new work takes place on the grounds of the museum specifically incorporating and responding to sculptures in Woodmere’s permanent collection by Dina Wind and Harry Bertoia. Ground Works is created by choreographer Leah Stein is designed to enliven a sense of place and invite the audience to experience the sculptures through sound, movement and touch.  Ground Works in collaboration with the performers; veteran company members Jungwoong Kim and Michele Tantoco, and Maddie Hopfield for her first performance with LSDC.

Site-specific performance piece Ground Works invites audiences and performers to experience unexpected, surprising, and spontaneous events through improvisationally-based dance. The performance will travel through the site, integrating the architecture of the space and the body to activate the landmark sculptures by Harry Bertoia and Dina Wind. This work gives audience members a new way of looking at familiar sculptures through movement and and sonic qualities that activate the original sculptures and their powerful presence in the landscape. The work is created collaboratively through improvisational composition practices. Artistic Director Leah Stein engages company members Maddie Hopfield, Jungwoong Kim, Michele Tantoco to take physical and artistic risks.

Ground Works runs for three performances on September 13 and 15 at 6 pm and 16 at 5 pm. Tickets are available to the general public for $20 at www.FringeArts.com and to Woodmere members for $15 at www.WoodmereArtMuseum.org. Artist, student, and senior discounts are also available at FringeArts.com. Seating is limited and reservations are recommended. The venue is wheelchair accessible. Ground Works has a running time of 50 minutes and takes place outdoors. The performance includes significant walking outside on uneven ground and flats or walking shoes are highly recommended. The performance will occur as scheduled, rain or shine, except for the case of extreme weather.

Ground Works –  Site-specific performance by Leah Stein Dance Company
Thursday, Sept 13, 6pm
Saturday, Sept 15, 6pm
Sunday, Sept 16,  5pm
Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118
Tickets and Information: http://fringearts.com/event/ground-works/

***The attached photo of Jungwoong Kim with sculpture by Harry Bertoia is by Leah Stein.