Precarious is 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, Klockar's housed both a working forge and the studio of artist Tracy Taylor Grubbs, with whom Hope Mohr shared a studio practice for several years.
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) was a movement poem inspired by Klockar's performed at CounterPulse. As part of the performance, in collaboration with public historians at Shaping San Francisco, HMD presented a pre-show labor history walking tour that began at Klockar's and ended at the theater.
Performers: Patrick Barnes, Henry Hung, Suzette Sagisi, Jane Selna, Wiley Naman Strasser, Tara McArthur and Karla Quintero
Designers: Gabe Maxson, David Szlasa, Teddy Hulsker
Photo of HMD dancers Jane Selna and Karla Quintero at Klockar's by Margo Moritz.
Part 1 (premiere) January 28 & 29, 2017, Klockar's Blacksmith Shop, San Francisco
Part 2 (premiere) June 1-3, 2017, CounterPulse, San Francisco
Precarious (excerpts) presented by
CIIS as part of Bodies in Resistance (December 8, 2017);
Northern California Community Loan Fund, 30th Anniversary Celebration (May 26, 2017); and
Yerba Buena Night (October 14, 2017)
"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
-- 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/