by Shaun Brady
Leah Stein has taken her company into some pretty unexpected places — the dilapidated hallways of Eastern State Penitentiary, or an abandoned Polish train shed. She also transforms less visually audacious spaces, as with this year's Battle Hymns, a moving meditation on war within the warehouse-like confines of the 23rd Street Armory. But with In Retrospect, the company enters an even more unexpected space — a dance studio. The idea this time is nostalgia rather than exploration, returning Stein to the Susan Hess Modern Dance Studio where she began her career as a choreographer two decades ago. The concept, Stein says, is to "invite friends and fans to join in a more informal setting and simply appreciate the dance and the process of dance-making."