Past Performances

“Moon Lover” showcased

Doug Lodge of Shen & Bones Performance Group performed the solo “Moon Lover” at Allegheny College in Meadville, PA (August 2011), at the Audrey Hirt Auditorium in Erie, PA for Lake Erie Ballet’s event “Matters of the Heart” (February 2010) and at the Byham Theater in Pittsburgh, PA as part of the PennPAT Presenter’s Showcase (May 2009)

Erie Festival of Dance

Shen & Bones joined local dance artists in the bi-annual “Erie Festival of Dance”, performing “Time and Time Again” at the Mary D’angelo Performing Arts Center at Mercyhurst College, Erie PA (January 2011)

Erie Art Museum

Shen & Bones performed “Nesting”, a 45-minute improvised dance integrating subject matter from the main gallery of the newly renovated Erie Art Museum (October 2010).

American College Dance Festival

Shen & Bones were invited to perform “The Truth About Mr. Duffy” as well as offer master classes in Butoh for the American College Dance Festival (ACDFA) at Mercyhurst College, Erie PA (March 2010)

Yom Hashoa (Day of Remembrance)

Shen & Bones Performance Group was a featured artist at Temple Ashe Hesed Erie, PA (April 2009)

An Evening of Improvisational Music and Dance

Tatsuya Nakatani and Shen & Bones performed to a sold-out audience. Nakatani travels worldwide performing his “intense, organic music that defies category and genre, using drums, bowed gongs, cymbals, singing bowls, metal objects, bells, and various sticks and bows.” (Erie Times News). Erie Art Museum Annex, Erie, PA (January 2009)

Erie Art Museum

Shen & Bones teamed up once again with local band Joseph Allen Popp’s Weirdo Theatre Orcheztra for a provocative evening of music and dance improvisation. Erie Art Museum Annex, Erie, PA. (August 2008)

Kutztown University

Shen & Bones were featured artists for the Celebrate Japan day at Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA. April, 2007. The presentation included a short introduction to Butoh and a solo performance of “Seed” by Doug Lodge.

Lake Erie Ballet Company

Shen & Bones were guest performers for an evening of classical and contemporary dance, presented by the Lake Erie Ballet Company. Presented “The Truth about Mr. Duffy” and “A Matter of You and Me”. (April 2007)

“The Body Breaks” Butoh event

Links Hall Chicago, IL March 16-19, 2006

ARD (Allegheny Repertory Dance)

Allegheny College, Meadville, PA March 2-4, 2006

Luther Memorial Church

Erie, PA Sunday, February 12, 2006 Shen & Bones Performance Group will present a short program for their premier at the Luther Memorial Church, Sunday, February 12 from 10-10:30 a.m.  The first piece, “Between Stillness and Motion” is a purely physical dialogue between moving and still bodies interwoven with sound and silence.  The piece will feature live music by David Blaetz, Gannon Communication Arts professor, who will be playing the acoustic bass violin.  Also on the program will be “Strange Heroes”, a piece that blends dance and theater in a humorous look at our most basic human hopes and struggles.  A great way to start your Sunday!

Becoming Empty/Becoming Full: Moving Mindfully through the Field of the Body

Allegheny College Residency Allegheny College, Meadville, PA, November 5, 2005 Lani Fand Weissbach taught a two-hour master class in Butoh to over 25 excited students and members of the community. In the afternoon, Shen & Bones performed Time/World/Body in the gorge under the foot bridge on the Allegheny College Campus. A Q & A followed the performance. The event was sponsored by Allegheny Dance Studies, Allegheny Neuroscience and the Erie Council on the Arts.

Time/World/Body premiere for weekend event “Bomb, Tomb, Womb, Om”

Mercyhurst College, Erie, PA, September 10, 2005 The company performed the 35-minute dance in the raw and beautiful Apple Orchard on the Mercyhurst Campus

Pictures of the Floating World: An Evening of Dance Theater

Gannon University’s Schuster Theatre, April 1-3, 2005

The Toy Box Sets

Incorporating pulsing toy boxes filled with a wild array of ancient tools, fetish-beings, and frantic mechanical devices…

Rubbed Raw Butoh Event

The Spareroom performance space, Chicago, IL, July 30-Aug. 6, 2004 Lani performed a new solo Exit Eden and created an original duet for two students.

University of Rochester Faculty Dance Concert

University of Rochester, Rochester NY, April 17, 2004 Lani and U of R faculty member Robert Bingham co-created and performed See What you Want to See. Lani also performed Ascent.

Blue Cat Stew

Forward Hall Concert Club and Urraro Gallery, Erie, PA, April 1-3 2004 Lani performed Ascent, and the company performed Strange Heroes. The company improvised in the Urraro art gallery, and with Joseph Allen Popp’s Weirdo Theatre quartet. The event was organized by Erie’s Underground Art Association.

Vine and Garden, Erie Art Museum event

Lakeshore Country Club, Fairview, PA, June 2003 The company entertained outdoors during the cocktail hour of this event.

Bleu Katz 2

Forward Hall Concert Club, Erie PA, April 4, 2003 The company performed Kingdom of Man as part of an entire weekend of poetry, music, and visual art presentations. Organized by Erie’s Underground Art Association.

Butoh Lecture-Demonstration

Mercyhurst College, Erie PA, March 22, 2003 As part of a semester-long course entitled “Disseminating Asian Cultures,” Lani Fand Weissbach presented a one-hour, 30-minute lecture-demonstration on Butoh. This was a-new course for secondary school teachers, initiated by Keiko Miller, director of Asian Studies and assistant professor of Languages at Mercyhurst College. The presentation began with a new 20-minute solo work choreographed and performed by Weissbach. A question/answer session followed, as well as simple exercises exploring basic concepts of Butoh improvisation. The class was given a series of questions and readings designed to help high school students discover how Butoh can be a springboard for learning about personal, cultural and universal concepts.

Erie Festival of Dance

Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center, Mercyhurst College, Jan. 24, 2005 and Feb. 1, 2003 Lani performed the darkly humorous solo Last Act, choreographed for her by Robert Bingham (2005) Alethea Bodine, Marykate McDevitt and Lani Fand Weissbach performed Terrain of Memory, a mysterious journey through a shadowy landscape of loss and hope, struggle and liberation.

Gathering Momentum

Walnut Street Lodge, Sharon PA Nov. 29-30, 2002. Lani and Doug Lodge performed Garden, an interpretation of the classic human struggle to overcome inevitable temptation.

Erie Art Museum Fundraising Ball

Marriot Hotel, Erie PA, February 2002. Shen & Bones dancers moved to Motown music, passed out love notes and roses and created overall “grooviness” for this Valentine’s Day event.

Allegheny Repertory Dance

Montgomery Performing Space, April 2002 Lani, Jenny Crooks, Gretchen Myers and Doug Lodge performed small dark light, an investigation into the purity and beauty of the elements earth, fire, air and water and their inherent destruction in this modern-day world.

The Bone Floor

Erie Art Museum Annex March 9-10, 2001 The Roadhouse Theater, Erie, PA August 24-25, 2001. Shen & Bones performed Anima on a shared bill with the Chronic Dance troupe and The Noise Floor band

Faces/Shadows

Montgomery Performance Space, Meadville PA, October 19-20, 2001. An evening of dance-theater featuring choreography by Lani Fand Weissbach and original music by local musicians in Erie and Meadville. Original text written by the performers.

Urraro Gallery Art Opening

Erie, PA, July 6, 2001 Coordinated and performed Butoh improvisation for local artist Heather Hertel’s Glass Art opening. Created original costumes with company member Alethea Bodine.

Papermoon Restaurant

Erie PA, May 13, 2001. Created original costumes and sets in collaboration with company members Alethea Bodine and Marykate McDevitt for Mother’s Day brunch and dinner. The mood of the performance highlighted the light and humorous aspects of Butoh. Performed by Lani, Alethea and Marykate.

Faculty, Friends and Alumni Dance Concert

Montgomery Performance Space, Allegheny College, Sept. 1-2, 2000 Valerie Hensel and Lani performed Burning, a piece utilizing extreme emotional expression to unearth the Shadow that lives within our subconscious.

Reflections of Eve

Montgomery Performance Space, Meadville PA, May 14-15, 1999. An evening of five original dance-theater works by Lani Fand Weissbach. The concert also provided a forum for two Allegheny College dance students to showcase work.

The Program:

Between Stillness and Motion A purely physical dialogue between moving and still bodies interwoven with sound and silence. creature/one ear to the ground Creature/one ear to the ground merges two parts. The first, a solo, follows an animal-like creature-turned-human through the terrain of a self-made wasteland. A collage of images, text, sound and movement, the second part investigates the need for hope and connection to others and the earth. Jane’s Story Six performers in this original version Kingdom of Man A raw and gripping work illuminating the physical, emotional and spiritual implications of women in this culture living in a man’s world. The piece seeks to expose the powerful dark side of our collective psyche. The work premiered at Arizona State University and was performed for the Erie Underground Art Association’s Bleu Katz 2 Production (Friday April 4, 2003).

Faculty, Friends and Alumni Dance Concert

Montgomery Performance Space, Allegheny College, Sept. 1-2, 1998. Lani performed Always Returning, a sensual journey through losing and finding the comfort and love of the one dearest to our hearts.