Sharp & Fine was founded in 2011 by sisters Megan and Shannon Kurashige to make works of dance art that punch holes in thoughts and trigger pulls on hearts. We want to entertain and provoke. We want to offer audiences experiences where they will be gloriously, luxuriously not bored.
We work in San Francisco. We have the pleasure of collaborating with brilliant artists who are also some of our favorite people in the world.
M & S
MEGAN KURASHIGE co-founded S&F in 2011. She also dances with Liss Fain Dance. She previously worked with choreographers Alex Ketley (The Foundry) and Christian Burns (burnsWORK), 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. She is also a writer. Her fiction has appeared in Sybil's Garage, Electric Velocipede, and Unnatural Creatures, an anthology edited by Neil Gaiman and Maria Dahvana Headley. She is a 2008 graduate of the Clarion Writers' Workshop at UCSD. She has a blog and is on Twitter.
SHANNON KURASHIGE co-founded S&F in 2011. She also performs with Liss Fain Dance and has previously worked with Christian Burns and Alex Ketley. She has performed the work of Donald McKayle, William Forsythe, and Ohad Naharin. She graduated from UC Irvine with a BFA in Dance Performance and a minor in biology. She received extensive training at North Carolina School of the Arts and the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. She is also an artist and designer.
S & F: A BRIEF HISTORY
Sharp & Fine was founded in 2011 in San Francisco by sisters Megan and Shannon Kurashige to facilitate choreographic work that grows out of a shared history of experience in both classical ballet and contemporary dance and a desire to collaborate with artists from different disciplines.
Sharp & Fine seeks to create works of dance art that welcome everyone. We want to make the phenomenon of live performance a necessity and a pleasure. We seek to connect on an emotional level through dance that is physically rigorous and technically defined. We hope to partake in and inspire new types of collaboration and to change the parameters of what is expected of a dance performance.
Sharp & Fine’s first piece, A Thousand Natural Shocks, premiered at Z Space in July of 2012. An hour-long work of dance and spoken text created over the course of a year in collaboration with writer Kat Howard, A Thousand Natural Shocks explored themes of life and death and storytelling. The company’s second piece, Love Songs, premiered at Z Space in July 2013. A collaboration with opera singer Ina Rae, Love Songs combined opera, classical music, pop songs, and dance. The company premiered an evening-length adaptation of “Queen of Knives” by internationally celebrated author Neil Gaiman at Z Space in December 2013.
Sharp & Fine is a company-in-residence at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. Sharp & Fine is a fiscally sponsored project of Dancers’ Group and has received support from the Zellerbach Family Foundation, ODC Theater, and the Rainin Opportunity Fund.
Photo from Queen of Knives by Ben Hersh