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. By "annually recruiting the prime movers of American postmodernism" (S.F. Chronicle) to the Bay Area to teach and perform, the Bridge Project deepens critical discourse around dance and positions the Bay Area in the global performance community.
The purpose of HMD’s Bridge Project is to:
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.
The purpose of HMD’s Community Engagement Residency, part of the Bridge Project,
is to provide sanctuary and creative opportunity for artists who self-identify as marginalized.
HMD commits to creating creative spaces wherein all feel welcome.
PAST BRIDGE PROJECT ARTISTS & SPEAKERS
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) 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
"Choreographer/dancer Hope Mohr wants us to know more than what we see on stage. Her Bridge Project, now in its 7th year, is an artist’s-curated initiative that opens the thinking processes that go into creation of work. She challenges the assumptions we may bring to the theater."
--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, 2013 ODC Theater Writer-In-Residence
“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 generous individual donors to Hope Mohr Dance and institutions such as NEA, San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco's Grants for the Arts, the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, and the Sakana Foundation.
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).