For the fifth anniversary of its Bridge Project, Hope Mohr Dance, in association with the Joe Goode Annex, presented Have We Come A Long Way, Baby?, a program dedicated to the West Coast post-modern dance lineage. In addition to performances, programming included the above panel discussion on the relationship of dance history to contemporary work moderated by Stanford University dance historian Dr. Janice Ross in conversation with Anna Halprin, Simone Forti, and Hope Mohr. Sept. 27, 2014 at the Joe Goode Annex, San Francisco.
Anna Halprin, the matriarch of post-modernism, performed The Courtesan and the Crone (1999), an acclaimed solo addressing the aging body in motion. Simone Forti, who studied with Halprin before joining the Judson Dance Theater in New York, performed News Animations, an improvisational performance in which personal experiences interweave with the flickering, fluid visions of the world brought to us by the news media to create a bold mosaic of our shared concerns. Mohr, who performed in the companies of three members of the Judson Dance Theater (Trisha Brown, Lucinda Childs, and Douglas Dunn), performed Carnation, Lucinda Childs’ seminal 1964 solo examining the performance of gender through the use of simplicity, stillness, humor and task. Finally, Mohr presented s(oft is)hard, a new solo for Peiling Kao.