Dying Well



Laurel Hill East

How do memories shape grief? What does remembering feel like?

This movement performance is a meditation on living and dying in every moment–an invitation to explore ideas of emerging and persisting, waning and fading. Not sorrowful, but wonder-full, Dying Well establishes a cycle in four parts–Tender Eyes: fascination with beginnings and not clinging to permanence; Rooted: the evolution of shaping, fatiguing, and dissipating; Withering: meeting and making sense of aging; and Re-membering: bringing things from the past into the present. We will experience wonder in the fullness of every moment. We will live and die well.

Initially conceived by Leslie Elkins, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director of Dance at Rowan University. Workshopped in spring 2023 with students in Advanced Dance Improvisation. Further devised and designed by FoursomePerformance, including Leslie Bush, Amanda Drayton, Leslie Elkins, Grace Mi-He Lee, and Jeff Warden.


show dates: September 15, 16, & 17



  • FREE – Please RSVP at ticket link


DIRECTIONS & more information

This event will take place at Laurel Hill East, located at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132.

Cars will not be permitted into the cemetery during the event. Limited free street parking is available in the surrounding neighborhood, as well as in two parking lots across the street from the main entrance on Ridge Avenue. Guests are encouraged to use Lyft/Uber or public transit if possible.

Accessible parking spaces will be reserved in the parking lot directly across the street from the main entrance (3822 Ridge Avenue), and an accessible shuttle from the main entrance to the stage area will be available to guests with mobility concerns. The stage area is approximately a five-minute walk from the main entrance.

Seating will be on the grass; please bring your own chairs and blankets.

This is an outdoor show. In the case of rain, ticketholders will be notified of a new show date.