ARTISTIC DIRECTORS & CHOREOGRAPHERS:
MEGAN KURASHIGE co-founded S&F in 2011. She also performs with Liss Fain Dance, where she has been a company member since 2010. She has previously worked with choreographers Christian Burns (burnsWORK), Alex Ketley (The Foundry), and Amy Seiwert, and performed with Ballet Pacifica and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal. She studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance under the direction of Summer Lee Rhatigan and the Academy of Ballet under the direction of Richard Gibson. She is also a writer. Her short fiction has appeared in various magazines and anthologies and she is a 2008 graduate of the Clarion Writers' Workshop at UCSD.
SHANNON KURASHIGE co-founded S&F in 2011. She has also performed with Liss Fain Dance since joining the company in 2010, and previously worked with Christian Burns (burnsWORK), Alex Ketley (The Foundry), and Amy Seiwert. Shannon attended the North Carolina School of the Arts, where she studied under Melissa Hayden, and graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a BFA in Dance Performance and a minor in biology. She also received extensive training at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance under the tutelage of Summer Lee Rhatigan. Shannon is also an artist and freelance graphic designer.
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SONJA DALE (dancer) was raised in Berkeley, California, where she began her training with Sally Streets at Berkeley Ballet Theater. Sonja has worked with companies on both sides of the US, including FACT/SF in San Francisco, and SYREN Modern Dance and KDNY Dance in New York City. She has also performed internationally with the aerial dance company, Australia Strange Fruit. Sonja is now living in the Bay Area and dancing for some truly wonderful companies, including Sharp & Fine, The Mark Foehringer Dance Project, and Liss Fain Dance. Love to JHN. Sonja has worked with S&F since 2015.
JORDAN GLENN (composer) Percussionist/improviser/composer Jordan Glenn grew up in Oregon. In 2006 he relocated to the Bay Area, received a masters degree from Mills College and since has worked closely with Fred Frith (FF Trio and Gravity Band), William Winant, Zeena Parkins (The Adorables), Roscoe Mitchell, ROVA Sax Quartet, Ben Goldberg, Todd Sickafoose, John Schott, Dominique Leone, Darren Johnston, Lisa Mezzacappa, Karl Evangelista, Michael Coleman, Matthew Welch, Rhys Chatham and the bands Jack O' The Clock, Arts & Sciences, Young Nudist, Beep!, tUnE-yArDs, and the Oakland Active Orchestra. As a composer/conductor he has collaborated with poet/free-jazzer/sage Jim Ryan in the group Mindless Thing as well as the large, percussion driven band Beak. Most notably, Glenn leads the trio Wiener Kids (with Aram Shelton and Cory Wright), which is entering it's tenth year. Jordan previously performed with S&F in 2016.
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CRYSTAL PASCUCCI (musician) is a cellist, composer and improviser. As a performer, she is most active in the contemporary and experimental music communities. As a composer, she has researched vocal transcription and performative scoring of vocal inflections and rhythms. A graduate of Mills College, she is an active performer of free improvisation. She has performed with Roscoe Mitchell, Pamela Z, William Winant Ensemble, Ellen Fullman, Greg Saunier, Gino Robair, Zeena Parkins, David Behrman and the Paul Dresher Ensemble. Crystal was an artist in residence at Lijiang Studio in 2015 in Yunnan, China and returned in summer, 2017 as a curator of the music residency program.
CHELSEA REICHERT (dancer) graduated Magna Cum Laude from Marymount Manhattan College in 2014 with a BFA in Dance. In addition to performing in works by Pascal Rioult, Chase Brock, Al Blackstone, Alwin Nikolais, and Elena Comendador, she received a gold key for demonstrating excellence in her field. After graduation Chelsea moved to the bay area to study at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance under the direction of Summer Lee Rhatigan. Here, she has had the pleasure of performing works by Katharine Hawthorne and Erin Malley. Chelsea has worked with S&F since 2015.
INA RAE WOODS (vocalist) A California native, Ina Rae enjoys delicious coffee, hikes, and magical realism. She has had the privilege to make music with many wonderful people at the Eastman School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Chelsea Opera, Mercury Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, and Los Angeles Operetta Foundation to name a few. Ina Rae's aspirations include establishing an educational opera company dedicated to outreach and women's music. Ina previously performed with S&F in 2013.
SARAH DIONNE WOODS-LADUE (dancer) is from Los Angeles, California. She started her training at LA County High School for the Arts and moved to San Francisco in 2010 to continue her education at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. She has had the joy of working and performing with Sharp & Fine, Liss Fain Dance, Crossings, The Foundry, Kristin Damrow & Company, and LEVYdance among others. She and her husband, composer & musician Robert Woods-LaDue, are co-conspirators in a research and performance based exploration of music and dance composition. Sarah previously performed with S&F in 2013. sarah.woods-ladue.com
Reeds player CORY WRIGHT (musician), educated at Oberlin Conservatory and the University of Southern California, has been involved in both the jazz and creative music worlds for the past 20 years, including time spent in New York, Los Angeles and his current home in the San Francisco Bay Area. His recent projects reflect his interest in blurring the distinction between composed and improvised music, and in combining the harmonious with the atonal, the grooving with the arrhythmic. Wright has played in ensembles led by Anthony Braxton, Vinny Golia, Eddie Gale, Adam Rudolph and Yusef Lateef. He is currently a member of Bristle, Wiener Kids, the Nathan Clevenger Group, and leads his own projects Green Mitchell and the Cory Wright Outfit.
Photos: Benjamin Hersh (Megan, Shannon, Sonja, Chelsea)
Marissa Brown (Peter and the Wolf)
Katie Cassady (Love Songs--process)
Josianne Fleming (A Thousand Natural Shocks)
Eric Garcia (Queen of Knives)
Katharine Hawthorne (Queen of Knives, Peter and the Wolf)
Emily Jones (Miniatures)
Rachel Laws (Miniatures)
Shannon Leypoldt (Love Songs, Queen of Knives)
Sarah Lyman (A Thousand Natural Shocks, Love Songs--process)
Jane Selna (Miniatures, All Roads Are Lined With Teeth)
Carson Stein (A Thousand Natural Shocks, Love Songs, Queen of Knives, Peter and the Wolf)
Kelvin Vu (A Thousand Natural Shocks, Love Songs)
Megan Wright (Love Songs, Queen of Knives)
Max Judelson, cello (Peter and the Wolf)
Joshua Marshall, saxophone (Peter and the Wolf, Miniatures)
Theo Padouvas, cornet (Peter and the Wolf)
Teddy Rankin-Parker, cello (All Roads Are Lined With Teeth)
Aram Shelton, saxophones, clarinet (All Roads Are Lined With Teeth)
Cory Wright, saxophone, clarinet, flute (All Roads Are Lined With Teeth)
Stephanie Buchner (Queen of Knives, Peter and the Wolf)
Delayne Medoff (A Thousand Natural Shocks, Love Songs)