LFD Summer Reading: Katharine & Sonja

LFD is on a break from the studio, which means the dancers are busy traveling and catching up on other work and reading. They’ve been kind enough to share some reading recommendations from the books they’ve been enjoying, so if you’re looking for something to read as we head into the end of summer, consider these books. First up, recommendations from dancers Katharine Hawthorne and Sonja Dale:


From Katharine (pictured above):

On the Lower Frequencies: A Secret History of the City by Erick Lyle

“A portrait of late 90s SF from the author of the zine Scam. It’s poignant to read about the evolution of the city before the first dot-com boom, and to understand the parallels (and differences) to what we’re experiencing today.”

Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities by Rebecca Solnit

“This book was written in the Bush era and helped me appreciate how much the world has changed (how much I have changed!) since then. An important read for right now, which certainly seems like a dark time on our national and international stage.”



From Sonja (pictured above):

The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

“It’s a story about an old married couple who go in search of their long-lost son, but they can’t remember where he lives or even what he looks like. It’s set in old England, just after King Arthur’s reign. There is a strange “mist” that is wiping out everyone’s memories. It’s a story about human nature, and love, and memory, and adventure. All the good stuff!


“I also have been thoroughly enjoying Miss Marple murder mysteries.”


Kazuo Ishiguro got caught up in a minor uproar in the writing/publishing world when The Buried Giant came out. Many people seemed baffled or annoyed that he had written a “fantasy” novel. Neil Gaiman, after reviewing The Buried Giant for the NY Times, invited Ishiguro to have a conversation about genre snobbery and stories. The conversation was published in the New Statesman and it has a lot of delightful back and forth. Both authors seem intrigued by each other’s work and enchanted by the idea of stories as long-lived entities. Give it a read: “Let’s Talk About Genre: Neil Gaiman and Kazuo Ishiguro in conversation”


Photos of Katharine and Sonja by Benjamin Hersh.

Author: lissfaindance

Liss Fain’s work ranges from pure dance pieces to collaborations with composers, lighting and set designers, videographers, actors and technologists. The company presents performance installations that bring the audience inside the set and close to the performers, proscenium performances, artistic exchanges with companies from abroad and free public outreach performance events. Liss Fain’s work expresses the unpredictable course of events that comprise one’s life and peoples’ responses to unforeseen situations. Non-narrative, highly physical and emotionally powerful, her work fuses modern dance’s forceful energy with the kinetic precision of ballet.The company has performed and taught at festivals and venues in Poland, Germany, Belarus, Russia and the UK as well as colleges, universities, festivals and presenting organizations in the US. Their home seasons in San Francisco are presented at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Z Space.

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