The mission of Hope Mohr Dance is to create, present and foster outstanding contemporary art at the intersection of the body and critical thinking. Artistic Director Hope Mohr founded the company in 2007 after studying and performing with a number of pioneers of modern dance, including Merce Cunningham, Trisha Brown, Lucinda Childs, and Margaret Jenkins. HMD is a platform for Mohr’s choreography, which takes a “rigorous conceptual approach to fundamental questions about the body in space and time.” (dance critic Rita Felciano). Mohr’s work has a complexity and authority that flow from an investigative process in which writing, improvisation and collaboration are central tools.
Precarious (2017) A movement poem inspired by, and made in, the last industrial blacksmith shop in San Francisco. Choreographer Mohr had a studio practice in the blacksmith shop for several years before it was converted into a marijuana dispensary.
extreme lyric I (2018) Dance theater inspired by the conflicting cultural legacies of the Greek poet Sappho. The work features multiple modes of performance, including a decaying dance, a lecture on Sappho’s “lyric I,” and a micro-play.
Hope Mohr is a curator, choreographer and writer. She trained at S.F. Ballet School, studied theater at Yale and earned her B.A. at Stanford, where she wrote her honors thesis on the women’s movement in Nicaragua. After working as an Americorps Team Leader in South Central LA, Mohr moved to NYC to train on scholarship at the Merce Cunningham and Trisha Brown Studios. She performed in the companies of dance pioneers Lucinda Childs and Trisha Brown. Passionate about pursuing both community organizing and dance, Mohr earned a J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was a Columbia Human Rights Fellow. In 2007, Mohr returned to San Francisco to establish Hope Mohr Dance to create, present and foster outstanding art at the intersection of critical thinking and the body. HMD’s signature curatorial platform the Bridge Project approaches curating as community organizing to convene cultural conversations that cross discipline, geography, and perspective. Mohr has held residencies at Stanford Arts Institute, ODC Theater, Montalvo Arts Center, and the Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Art, Nature and Dance. She was named to the YBCA 100 in 2015 and was a 2016 Fellow at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She is currently having open rehearsals at SFMOMA as part of painter Liam Everett’s 2017 SECA Award exhibit. 2017 is the 10th anniversary of Hope Mohr Dance.