LISS FAIN, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Liss Fain’s work has been performed nationally and internationally in Germany, Russia, Poland, Belarus and Scotland. She integrates the work of installation designers, projection designers, composers, video artists, actors, and writers into her pieces. Her experiments with video/film artists at MIT, Apple Multimedia Lab, Rapt Productions, Kikim Media and (Colossal) Pictures were presented in large public spaces and proscenium venues. Since 2010, Ms. Fain has developed immersive performance installations that create a seamless integration of dance with literature, spoken by an actor, within an immersive set and sound environment. In her work, dance is the focal point in a hybrid performance event. The artistic partners in these pieces are actors, composers, and designers.
Ms. Fain teaches master classes and choreography workshops and has developed an outreach program for kids on the creation and integration of movement and writing. For pre-professional and professional dancers, she and the company teach intensive workshops on movement and text. Ms. Fain has been an artist-in-residence at California State Summer School of the Arts, Mobius Theater (Boston), and Rhode Island College.
Ms. Fain formed Liss Fain Dance in Boston, where her projects included collaborations with renowned photographer Karin Rosenthal, video artists at MIT’s Center for Advanced Visual Studies, and performances at Harvard University. Relocating to San Francisco, she established artistic partnerships with key artistic collaborators including visual designer Matthew Antaky, composer Dan Wool, projection designer Frederic Boulay, and costume designer Mary Domenico.
Sonja Dale 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. Sonja joined Liss Fain Dance in 2016.
Megan Kurashige joined Liss Fain Dance in 2010. She also collaborates with her sister, Shannon Kurashige, as co-director and co-choreographer for Sharp & Fine, to create narrative dance works that relish physically rigorous choreography, emotionally nuanced text, and multi-disciplinary collaboration. She has previously worked with Mark Foehringer Dance Project, Christian Burns (burnsWORK), Amy Seiwert, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal, Ballet Pacifica, and Alex Ketley (The Foundry). 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 teaches dance and is also a writer, with short fiction in various magazines and anthologies. sharpandfine.com
Shannon Kurashige is from San Mateo, California. She 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. She joined Liss Fain Dance in 2010 and has previously worked with Amy Seiwert, burnsWORK, and The Foundry. She collaborates with her sister, Megan Kurashige, as the co-directors and co-choreographers of Sharp & Fine. Shannon is also an artist and freelance graphic designer. sharpandfine.com
SARAH DIONNE WOODS-LADUE
Sarah Dionne Woods-LaDue is from Los Angeles, California. She began 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 Liss Fain Dance, Crossings, The Foundry, Sharp & Fine, Kristin Damrow & Company, and LEVYdance, among others. She and her husband, composer and musician Robert Woods-LaDue, are co-conspirators in a research and performance based exploration of music and dance composition. Together, they were granted the SF Conservatory of Dance's Choreographic Residency Program in the Spring of 2017 and will have their first evening length work premiered at the Berkeley Finnish Hall in June 2018. Sarah joined Liss Fain Dance in 2015. sarah.woods-ladue.com
MATTHEW ANTAKY, INSTALLATION & LIGHTING DESIGN
While pursuing a degree in the fine arts in Southern California, Mr. Antaky turned his interests to the performing arts and in 1983 moved to San Francisco to study visual and theatrical design at San Francisco State University. Since then, and for over thirty years, he has created installations, scenic, lighting and video designs for all of the performing arts including theater, opera, dance, and music. His work has been presented throughout the United States and in many countries around the world.
His extensive work in the dance world includes twenty years of designs and installations for Liss Fain Dance and many designs for companies such as ODC/SF, Flyaway Productions, Oklahoma City Ballet, Smuin Ballet, Robert Moses Kin, SjDanceCo, La Tania Flamenco, Lily Cai Dance, Chitresh Das Dance Company, Li Chaio Ping Dance, Mark Foehringer Dance Project, Caminos Flamenco and RAWdance, among many others. For opera and music, Mr. Antaky has designed multiple productions for Opera Parallèle, Utah Opera and Symphony, Opera San Jose, Opera Pacific, Festival Opera, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Oakland Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Cabrillo Music Festival, and the San Francisco World Music Festival, to mention a few. Mr. Antaky is a nine-time nominee and four-time recipient of the Isadora Duncan Award for Outstanding Visual Design. Please visit matthewantakydesign.com for more information.
JORDAN GLENN, COMPOSER
Jordan Glenn is an Oakland based drummer, percussionist, composer and bandleader. He spent his formative years in Oregon drawing cartoons, taking dance classes from his aunt, making movies and studying jazz, classical, and rock music. In 2006 he relocated to the Bay Area and since has worked closely with Fred Frith (FF Trio, Gravity Band), William Winant, Zeena Parkins (The Adorables), Roscoe Mitchell, Ben Goldberg, Todd Sickafoose, John Schott, Lisa Mezzacappa, Dominique Leone and the bands Jack O' The Clock, Arts & Sciences, tUnE-yArDs, and the Oakland Active Orchestra. He composes/conducts the large, percussion heavy band Beak, and since 2007 has lead the trio Wiener Kids with saxophonists Aram Shelton and Cory Wright. He has been commissioned to create scores for evening-length dance pieces by Sharp & Fine and Liss Fain Dance. Please visit jordanglennmusic.com for more information.
VAL SINCKLER, ACTOR
Val Sinckler is grateful, beyond measure, to be collaborating with this collective, again! Special thanks to everyone helping her pull through recent challenges, and restoring her faith in friendship. A well-educated and trained professional, Val crafted the critical mass of her career in the Bay Area, following studies and extensive ties throughout Stanford University. Having planted her performance roots in dance, she added acting to her CV nearly twenty years ago. Concurrently, she is creating her own content, with plans to produce new work in her hometown-NYC. Meanwhile, offstage, Val's hands are full with stewardship and fundraising for a non-profit she spearheaded, enabling considerable cross-sections of San Francisco's seminal subculture to live locally and affordably, in perpetuity, via community ownership of the land. She's eternally indebted to the warriors who continue to inspire her...
FRÉDÉRIC O. BOULAY, PROJECTION DESIGNER
Frédéric O. Boulay has worked with Liss Fain Dance since 2002, but this is his second collaboration as Projection Designer after The Water Is Clear And Still. His design work is at the intersection of art, technology, and innovation. Frédéric loves challenges and pushing the boundaries of what can be done on stage using new technology. He has worked with companies such as Opera Parallele, Rork Music, West Bay Opera, TEDx, and Youth America Grand Prix, to name a few; his designs have been seen throughout San Francisco, the Bay Area, and New York. Upcoming engagements as Projection Designer include the 15th anniversary remount of Dead Man Walking with Opera Parallele in February 2015. Frédéric is a native of France; he is a member of United Scenic Artist Local 829 and holds both a Masters of Arts in Theatre Design & Production and an Executive MBA. Frédéric is the owner and founder of Oaktown Productions, which has provided design services and production management for performing arts organizations since 2005.
MARY DOMENICO, COSTUME DESIGNER
Mary Domenico applies her Apparel Design degree from The Rhode Island School of Design to various forms of art and theater. Her modern dance and ballet costume collaborations and credits include: Liss Fain, Margaret Jenkins, Robert Moses Kin, Diablo Ballet, ODC, the Oakland Raiderettes, Raw Dance, and Shared Space's Todd Eckert. Mary’s theatrical and opera credits include: Rorke Music, Lamplighters Musical Theatre, The Western Stage, Pocket Opera, New Conservatory Theatre, California Conservatory Theatre, CTA Crossroads, and Porchlight Players. Her costumes have gone to Carnegie Hall, as well as toured the United States, Europe, and Israel. Mary was nominated for an Isadora Duncan Award in 2013. Her designs were featured on the cover of The New York Times Business Day, as well as showcased throughout multiple San Francisco publications. Her collaborations with photographer RJ Muna won 1st Place in the Fashion category of the 2010 APA National Photo Competition and have appeared in a Graphis publication "100 Best in Photography 2011."
Artistic Director: LISS FAIN
Executive Director: ED PAYNE
Projects Manager & Touring Coordinator: MEGAN KURASHIGE
Technical Director: MATTHEW ANTAKY
Production Manager: FRÉDÉRIC O. BOULAY
Graphic Design: HEATHER MCCALDEN
Administrative Assistants: MORGANNE MAZEIKA
Public Relations: JOHN HILL
Photography: RJ MUNA, BENJAMIN HERSH
Videography/Video Editing: RAPT PRODUCTIONS
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Chair: ED PAYNE - President, Riskcasting, Inc.
Secretary: JULIE REINGANUM - President/CEO, Vistage International
Treasurer: ROB SEMPER - Executive Associate Director, Exploratorium
RUDI DUNDAS - Photographer
LISS FAIN - Artistic Director, Liss Fain Dance
LYNN RANKIN - Director, Institute for Inquiry, Exploratorium
Dancer photos: Benjamin Hersh
Photo of Jordan Glenn: Laurent Oreseau