Carmina Burana

Leah Stein Dance Company



Leah Stein Dance Company, Carmina Burana, 2006. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Leah Stein Dance Company collaborated with the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia to create a new interpretation of composer Carl Orff’s 1937 masterpiece Carmina Burana, an orchestral cantata originally based on 24 medieval poems. Choreographer Leah Stein and choral director Alan Harner re-imagined the musical work as a site-specific performance at Philadelphia’s Girard College Chapel. The new production fused improvisational dance with live music and featured a 130-member choir, four percussionists, two pianists, and seven dancers.