Hope Mohr Dance in Manifesting. Photo by Margo Moritz.
San Francisco, CA
Research Residency Artist
Hope Mohr is a choreographer, curator and writer. She trained at S.F. Ballet School and on scholarship at the Merce Cunningham and Trisha Brown Studios in New York City. 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 the body and the brain. HMD's signature curatorial platform The Bridge Project approaches curating as community organizing to convene equity-driven cultural conversations.
Mohr makes work that “conveys emotional and socio-political contents that just ride underneath the surface of a rigorous vocabulary” (Dance View Times). Her “insistently inventive” choreography (East Bay Express) brings dance in dialogue with other disciplines such as visual art and literature. Her body of work features innovative collaborations with acclaimed visual artists like Liam Everett, Ranu Mukherjee, Matthew Ritchie, and Danae Mattes. Her work has been presented recently by Highways Performance Space (LA), di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art (Sonoma), Moody Center for the Arts (Houston), SFMOMA, ODC Theater, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Montalvo Arts Center, and many others.
In April 2019, Mohr came to NCCAkron for the first of three research residency visits exploring themes and challenges around dance writing. She met with Dr. Jon Miller, Director of the University of Akron Press, and spoke with students in the 20th Century Dance History course at The University of Akron School of Dance, Theatre, & Arts Administration.