The body is the brain.
The mission of Hope Mohr Dance is to create, present and foster outstanding art at the intersection of the body and the brain.
We build community through art.
HMD's Bridge Project approaches curating as community organizing to convene equity-driven cultural conversations.
“The emergence of new, transformative, even revolutionary creativity occurs at the juncture between the production of art and the exercise of deep critical thought.” --Garrett Hongo
HMD is artist-driven and equity-driven.
artistic excellence, social justice, fair pay for artists, creating a creative commons.
HMD is committed to supporting female artists, LGBTQ artists, artists of color, and artists from historically underserved populations.
HMD is committed to creating creative spaces wherein all feel welcome. HMD does not discriminate with regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, physical disability, political affiliation, veteran's status, national origin, ancestry, socio-economic status, or source of income in its employment and curating practices, as provided by federal, state and local law.
HMD is a platform for Artistic Director Hope Mohr's work.
HMD’s The Bridge Project approaches curating as community organizing to convene equity-driven cultural conversations. HMD’s Bridge Project programs includes Multi-Disciplinary Performance and a Community Engagement Residency.
"The Bridge Project is a small ray of hope in a troubled world. Creating spaces for debate, dissent, connection and collaboration, the Bridge Project offers a model for how to build arts community."
--Jack Halberstam (Columbia University Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Author of The Queer Art of Failure, Featured Participant in 2017 Bridge Project: Radical Movements)
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. Mohr has a B.A. from Stanford University and received her J.D. from Columbia Law School while dancing professionally. Mohr's work has been presented by: Highways Performance Space (LA), SFMOMA, Moody Center for the Arts (Houston), di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art (Sonoma), Movement Research at Judson Church (New York City), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco International Arts Festival, West Wave Festival, Montalvo Arts Center, ODC Theater, Stanford University, Motion Pacific, Lines Ballet BFA Program, and the S.F. VA Hospital’s Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation. Mohr has taught dance technique and composition throughout the world, including at the Trisha Brown Studios in New York, The Place in London, PARTS in Brussels, UCLA's Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance, and American Conservatory Theatre’s MFA program.
National Center for Choreography (writing residency)
ODC Theater (artist residency and company in residence)
Petronio Residency Center (artist residency)
Montalvo Arts Center (artist residency)
Interdisciplinary Laboratory in Art, Nature and Dance (artist residency)
Stanford Arts Institute (artist residency)
UCLA's Department of World Arts & Cultures/Dance (guest artist)
ODC's Sandbox Series
YBCA 100 (2014)
YBCA Fellow (2015 “How do we design freedom?” Cohort)
Choreographers in Mentorship Exchange (2009 & 2014)
Isadora Duncan Dance Award Nomination (2010 & 2017)
Current and past sources of institutional support for Hope Mohr Dance include:
National Endowment for the Arts
California Arts Council (Artists in Communities grant 2016-current)
The Fleishhacker Foundation
San Francisco Grants for the Arts
San Francisco Arts Commission
Andrew M. Mellon Foundation
Center for Cultural Innovation (Investing in Tomorrow Grant & Creative Capacity Fund/Quick Grants Program)
Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation
Walter & Elise Haas Foundation
Zellerbach Family Foundation (2009-current)
Kenneth Rainin Foundation (NEW Grant 2011 & 2016; Impact Grant 2016-current)
Lighting Artists in Dance/Dancers' Group (2015 & 2018)
Sakana Foundation (2014-2016)
CA$H/Theatre Bay Area (2009 & 2014)
ODC Theater (Artist in residence 2012-2015; Company in Residence 2015-current)
Pictured above: Participating artists in The 2016 Bridge Project, Ten Artists Respond to Locus, a collaboration with the Trisha Brown Dance Company, produced in association with YBCA.