ABOUT THE BRIDGE PROJECT
The Bridge Project approaches curating as a form of community organizing to facilitate cultural conversations that cross discipline, geography, and perspective.
The purposes of the Bridge Project are:
- Create an intellectual commons for and among artists;
- Promote alliances and relationships among artists;
- Facilitate relationships among artists and activists in the struggle toward equity.
Bridge Project programming includes:
- Teaching Artist Series (brings master teachers to the Bay Area)
- Community Engagement Residency (provides sanctuary and creative opportunity for artists who self-identify as marginalized)
- Performance Series (offers an annual multidisciplinary festival)
Teaching Artist Series
Community Engagement Residency
PAST BRIDGE PROJECT ARTISTS & SPEAKERS
Julie Tolentino (2017 Community Engagement Resident Artist) The HardCorps
Miguel Gutierrez (2017 Teaching Artist) Making Work
Diane Madden/Trisha Brown Dance Company (2016) Ten Artists Respond to Locus
Gerald Casel (2016) Ten Artists Respond to Locus
Xandra Ibarra (2016) Ten Artists Respond to Locus
Gregory Dawson (2016) Ten Artists Respond to Locus
Larry Arrington (2016) Ten Artists Respond to Locus
Peiling Kao (2016) Ten Artists Respond to Locus
Amy Foote (2016) Ten Artists Respond to Locus
Cheryl Leonard (2016) Ten Artists Respond to Locus
Affinity Project (2016) Ten Artists Respond to Locus
Frances Richard (2016) Ten Artists Respond to Locus
Tracy Taylor Grubbs (2016) Ten Artists Respond to Locus
Chrysa Parkinson (2016 Teaching Artist) Performers and Authorship
Deborah Hay (2015) A Continuity of Discontinuity
Alva Noe (2015) See me if you can!
Michele Steinwald (2015) Reorganizing Ourselves
Jeanine Durning (2015 Teaching Artist) inging & what we do when we do the thing we do before we know what we are doing
Maurya Kerr (2015) Talk the Walk
Jenny Stulberg/Lauren Simpson (2015) Still Life No. 4
Maureen Whiting (2015) Talk the Walk
Megan Nicely (2015) Talk the Walk
Simone Forti (2014) News Animation
Anna Halprin (2014) The Courtesan and The Crone
Lucinda Childs (2014) Carnation (performed by Hope Mohr)
Stephanie Skura (2014 Teaching Artist) Open Source Forms
Susan Rethorst (2013 Teaching Artist) Behold Bold Sam Dog
Dusan Tynek (2012) Transparent Walls and Base Pairs
Liz Gerring (2011) She Dreams in Code
Molissa Fenley (2010) Mass Balance
Yvonne Rainer (2010) Trio A (performed by Hope Mohr and Robbie Cook)
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE BRIDGE PROJECT
“HMD’s Bridge Project fills a critical gap in the artistic and intellectual life of the Bay Area dance community by honoring the past and giving context to the present through its remarkable annual series of guest artists and events.”
-- Stanford University's Dr. Janice Ross
"[The Bridge Project] is an artist’s-curated initiative that opens the thinking processes that go into creation of work."
--Critic Rita Felciano, KQED Arts, "The Do List," November 6, 2015
“[The Bridge Project goes] beyond [Mohr's] work as choreographer and artistic director to lead processes often executed by performing arts presenters and venues.”
-- Julie Potter, ODC Theater Director
“Rather than creating a bridge that reinforced the distinctions between disciplines, the Bridge Project offered a view of an inclusive community—one in which complementary, rather than disparate, pursuits benefited each other and those in attendance.”
--Joe Ferguson, "Science, Philosophy and Performance Art in 'The  Bridge Project,'" SciArt in America, Dec. 28, 2015
"[HMD's Bridge Project presents]...intelligent and excellent evenings of dance. The Bay Area owes her."
--Rita Felciano, " Dance View Times, Vol. 31, No.4, Autumn 2014
"I see the Bridge Project as a counter-balance to th[e] propensity towards isolation [in the Bay Area]. It keeps us connected and aware of a broader history and larger artistic community. Its facilitators provide artists with tools and a space to deepen their understanding of their own artistic inclinations and intent. I suspect that this rigor and clarity with respect to intent increases our potential to engage in meaningful exchanges outside our immediate community. "
--Karla Quintero, Participant in the 2016 Bridge Project: Ten Artists Respond to Locus
Funding for the Bridge Project comes from the NEA, San Francisco Arts Commission, California Arts Council, San Francisco's Grants for the Arts, the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, the Sakana Foundation, and generous individual donors.
Gallery photo credits:
Trisha Brown (by Lois Greenfield); Anna Halprin (by Margo Moritz), Jeanine Durning (by Ian Douglas), Stephanie Skura, Simone Forti (by Margo Moritz), Hope Mohr (performing Lucinda Childs' Carnation/by Margo Moritz).