UNTITLED BON DANCE PROJECT
Premiere: February 2020 in San Francisco
This new piece will be an evening-length narrative work that uses dance, live music, spoken text, and audience participation to explore how family histories become ingrained in our imaginations and bodies through storytelling.
The piece is inspired by the tradition of bon dances in Hawaii. Bon dances are part of a traditional Japanese celebration of the spirits of family ancestors and an ubiquitous aspect of summer culture in Hawaii. As Japanese American sisters whose family has lived in Hawaii for generations, Megan and Shannon attended bon dances almost every summer while growing up. In 2016, we attended a bon dance for the first time in about a decade at an assisted living facility in Maui for seniors with memory loss. Watching seniors do gestures from the dances with their hands, despite having lost so much of themselves and their history, was the starting seed of inspiration for this project.
Choreography & Direction: Megan & Shannon Kurashige
Cast: Christian Burns, Sonja Dale, Megan Kurashige, Shannon Kurashige, Tristan Ching, Sarah Dionne Woods-LaDue
Composer: Cory Wright
YOUR SISTER TURNS INTO A LION (2017)
Your Sister Turns Into a Lion is an evening-length narrative dance piece about two sisters and what happens when one of them turns into a lion. Built on spoken text devised by the cast, the show is a hybrid of real memories and surreal fiction, a story told in acrobatic phone calls to next of kin, an interrogation presided over by a conductor, the unabashed savagery of beasts, and the tender folding of maps.
Choreography & Direction: Megan Kurashige & Shannon Kurashige
Cast: Sonja Dale, Megan Kurashige, Shannon Kurashige, Chelsea Reichert, Sarah Dionne Woods-LaDue
Composer: Jordan Glenn
Vocalist: Ina Woods
Musicians: Arjun Mendiratta, Cory Wright, Crystal Pascucci
Lighting: Allen Willner
Costumes: Emily Kurashige
ALL ROADS ARE LINED WITH TEETH (2016)
Featuring a cast of five dancers and a band of four musicians playing live, All Roads Are Lined With Teeth is part dance and part play, a surreal story about a woman who flees a crumbling world for a journey on which she encounters memories transformed into teeth, slow motion long distance runners, and houses built from benches. Created in collaboration with London-based playwright Amber Hsu and Oakland-based composer Aram Shelton.
Premiere: April 7-10, 2016 at ODC Theater in San Francisco
Dancers: Sonja Dale, Megan Kurashige, Shannon Kurashige, Chelsea Reichert, Jane Selna
Musicians: Jordan Glenn, Teddy Rankin-Parker, Aram Shelton, Cory Wright
A short piece for three dancers. A series of small dances with spoken text from William Shakespeare and music scored live by a solo saxophonist.
Premiere: June 29 & 30, July 25 at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance as part of the 2015 SFCD Summer Dance Series
Performers: Emily Jones, Rachel Laws, Chelsea Reichert, Jane Selna, Joshua Marshall (tenor saxophone), Aram Shelton (alto saxophone)
PETER AND THE WOLF (2014)
Five dancers and four musicians come together to tell the story of a young innocent who ventures into the forest and meets a wolf.
Premiere: October 2014 at ODC Theater in San Francisco
Performers: Marissa Brown, Katharine Hawthorne, Megan Kurashige, Shannon Kurashige, Carson Stein, Theo Padouvas (cornet), Max Judelson (cello), Joshua Marshall (saxophone), Aram Shelton (clarinet).
QUEEN OF KNIVES (2013)
Based on "Queen of Knives," a poem by Neil Gaiman. An evening-length work that examines love, loss, and regret through the mysterious lens of stage magic.
Premiere: December 2013 at Z Space, San Francisco.
Performers: Eric Garcia, Katharine Hawthorne, Megan Kurashige, Shannon Kurashige, Shannon Leypoldt, Carson Stein, Megan Wright.
LOVE SONGS (2013)
A collaboration with opera singer Ina Rae. A physically rigorous exploration of love and song and dance.
Premiere: July 2013 at Z Space in San Francisco as part of the SFCD Summer Dance Series.
Performers: Megan Kurashige, Shannon Kurashige, Shannon Leypoldt, Ina Rae, Carson Stein, Kelvin Vu, Sarah Woods, Megan Wright.
A THOUSAND NATURAL SHOCKS (2012)
A collaboration with writer Kat Howard that combines dance with spoken text.
Premiere: July 2012 at Z Space in San Francisco as part of the SFCD Summer Dance Series.
Performers: Josianne Fleming, Megan Kurashige, Shannon Kurashige, Sarah Lyman, Carson Stein, Kelvin Vu.