Press Kit


Lani Fand Weissbach is a sensitive and dynamic dancer, and her choreography ranges widely from butoh inspired work to extemporaneous forms. I have especially appreciated her reach into butoh, including its meditative essence and surrealist edges.

Sondra Fraleigh, author of “Butoh: Metamorphic Dance and Global Alchemy” and “Dancing Into Darkness: Butoh, Zen and Japan”

Lani Fand Weissbach’s Shen & Bones performance group mixes elements of butoh, modern dance, and theater to create works that challenge the psyche and invigorate emotion. The group’s repertoire contains works of quiet introspection, raw power, evocative imagery, and dark themes. Amidst a plethora of cookie cutter modern dance groups in the region, Shen & Bones performance group is a most welcomed divergence.

Steve Sucato, national dance writer/critic

Lani’s residency was charged with energy, intelligence, and generous teaching. Her comprehensive residency covered choreography, cultural and performance issues, and inspired the Alfred community.

D. Chase Angier, Director of Dance Alfred University

Lani Fand Weissbach consistently creates unpredictable, spare, elegant, work which her wonderfully expressive dancers execute in ways that not only immediately engage audiences but resonates with them over time.

Jan Hyatt, former Director of Dance Studies Allegheny College

These dancers seize your attention.

John Edwards, Erie Times News

Discovering a dance company in the region whose performances have the emotional depth and scope of “Shen and Bones” has been quite a revelation. As an avid follower of dance for well over two decades, I’ve been astonished by their work on a number different levels: in their mastery of craft; their vivid artistic expression; and their deft rendering of a palpably joyous visual poetry. A genuine community treasure.

Rick Lopez, Erie-based writer, musician