Precarious

An intimate farewell to a unique historic space, Klockar's Blacksmith Shop in San Francisco. Slated for conversion into a retail storefront in February 2017, the building housed both a working forge and the studio of artist Tracy Taylor Grubbs.   

Through text, movement and music, Precarious (Part 1) (January 2017) activated the space and bore witness to its rich history and uncertain future.   Audiences were limited to 6 people per show. All proceeds went to Drawbridge, an arts program for homeless children.

Precarious (Part 2) (June 2017) is a movement poem inspired by Klockar's performed at and co-produced by CounterPulse in honor of HMD's 10th anniversary season.  In collaboration with Shaping SF Walking Tours, and as part of the experience, HMD also presents a pre-show walking tour that begins at Klockar's and ends at CounterPulse Theater (Friday and Saturday only). 

Photo of HMD dancers Jane Selna and Karla Quintero at Klockar's by Margo Moritz. 

         

Performance History
Part 1 January 28 & 29, 2017, Klockar's Blacksmith Shop, San Francisco
Part 2 June 1-3, 2017, CounterPulse, San Francisco

Press

"Mohr manages to convey emotional and socio-political contents that just ride underneath the surface of a rigorous vocabulary"
-- Rita Felciano, "Pliable Iron", DanceViewTimes, June 1, 2017

"This year, Hope Mohr Dance marks a huge milestone; a decade of creative collaboration and boundary-pushing art making. "Precarious" - a world premiere co-production with CounterPulse - is a full-length multi-discipline work that uses movement, music, video, visuals and sounds to explore the issue of gentrification and of the live/work space crisis in San Francisco."
-- Heather Desaulniers, Dance Highlights, SF/Arts, June 2017

SF/Arts Editorial Feature  
-- Heather Desaulniers, "Hope Mohr Dance Examines a Changing Landscape," SF/Arts, June 2017

Hoodline Feature  
-- Carrie Sisto, 'Precarious;' Hope Mohr Dance Explores Role of Labor In Changing City," Hoodline, May 26th, 2017

Dance Magazine Preview
-- Courtney Escoyne, "NorCal Takeover," Dance Magazine, May 24th, 2017

KDFC State of the Arts, Interview with Hope Mohr and Jeffrey Freymann, "Dance Inspired by a Blacksmith's Forge," May 22, 2017

"Blacksmith shop to become Weedsmith pot dispensary," John King, S.F. Chronicle, May 31, 2017

ABC News feature http://abc7news.com/2061647/

 

Collaborators
Performers: Patrick Barnes, Henry Hung, Suzette Sagisi, Jane Selna, Wiley Naman Strasser, Tara McArthur and Karla Quintero
Designers: Gabe Maxson, David Szlasa, Teddy Hulsker

Video

June 2, 2017 Video by Loren Robertson Productions - www.lorenrobertson.com
HMD marks its 10th Anniversary with the premiere of Precarious June 1-3. This program is co-produced with CounterPulse, sponsored by the Joe Goode Annex, and in collaboration with Shaping SF Walking Tours. Inspired by HMD's experience working in a historic blacksmith forge that will be converted into a pot dispensary, this event includes a labor history walking tour (4:30 PM, begins at 443 Folsom and ends at Counterpulse) and a performance by Hope Mohr Dance at CounterPulse (8 PM, Thurs-Saturday). Please note: Pre-show walking tours are Friday and Saturday only. Choreography: Hope Mohr Vocal Direction: Beth Wilmurt Performers: Jane Selna, Tara McArthur, Karla Quintero, Suzette Sagisi, Patrick Barnes, Wiley Naman Strasser, Members of the Aquatic Park Senior Citizen Choir Designers: David Szlasa, Gabe Maxson, Theodore Hulsker http://www.hopemohr.org/ Hope Mohr Dance's Precarious is made possible by support from S.F. Grants for the Arts, the Sakana Foundation, the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, and generous individual donors.
January 26, 2017 433 Folsom St, San Francisco video by Loren Robertson Productions

Video by Sheldon Smith

Photo by Margo Moritz.