Leyna Marika Papach is a musician and interdisciplinary artist from Japan and the United States. Her compositions house the languages of dance, theater, sound, and image.
Leyna’s performative work has been presented internationally in Europe, Japan, and the US. Her latest interdisciplinary opera/theater, SONG was premiered in 2016 at HERE, NYC, and she has written and directed four evening-length dance-theater pieces alongside her work as a composer and violinist.
As a composer and violinist, she has worked with a wide range of artists, both as a collaborator and/or interpreter (Clarinda Mac Low, Taylor Mac, Eric Ting, J.G.Thirwell, Geraldind Fibbers/Nels Cline and many others), performing in venues/festivals such as; Unlimited Festival (Austria), HAU (Berlin), International House (Japan), Dance Afrique Dance (Paris/Tunisia) All Tomorrow's Parties (US) and New York venues such as BAM, UNESCO, Beacon Theater, St.Anne’s Warehouse, The Stone, Issue project room and many others.
Leyna holds an MFA in interdisciplinary studies from Bard College, MA in Theater and Dance studies from DasArts (now DAS Theater), Amsterdam, and studied violin at the Prague Academy of Music and UMKC Conservatory of Music in Kansas City, where she received her Bachelor's degree.