In Lerner'spostmodern novel about an artist's search for authenticity, the protagonist poet, crippled by irony and doubt, longs to disappear into numbness. But he secretly believes in the power of art. Beyond merely staging the novel, Mohr's adaptation takes the genre-breaking nature of Lerner's auto-fiction as a jumping off point for hybrid theater: part dance improvisation, part monologue, part hallucinatory testimonial for the role of art in precarious times. Featuring two veteran performers, Christian Burns and Wiley Naman Strasser, each of whom embodies a different aspect of the protagonist's conflicted self.
Pictured here: Wiley Naman Strasser and Christian Burns in rehearsal.
Dancemaker Clinic Monday nights at 7 PM (one artist per clinic) ODC Dance Commons Studio B October 22 -December 3
A new opportunity for artistic growth and career coaching with choreographer and director Hope Mohr in ODC’s beautiful Studio B (50 feet x 61 feet). A full hour of individualized, private mentorship tailored around your needs and questions as a choreographer. Mentorship includes artistic feedback, production coaching, career strategy and a variety of tools to support your choreographic process. Artists can use the hour to show and document work in progress. Prior to your mentorship session, Mohr will connect with you to assess your needs and interests. Appropriate for choreographers at any career stage. Monday nights at 7 and 8 PM (one slot per artist). Cost: $50 includes space rental of Studio B. Questions: email email@example.com.
Join us for Artists First, HMD's Annual Performance and Benefit for Artist Pay, Friday January 25th at 6 PM at Southern Exposure Gallery in the Mission. Guests will enjoy exclusive tickets to opening night of the world premiere of "Leaving the Atocha Station," Hope Mohr's dance theater adaptation of the acclaimed Ben Lerner novel by the same name.
In addition, guests will enjoy delicious food catered by chef Steven Levine, Honig wines, Fort Point beers and the opportunity to bid on exciting auction items to support HMD's multi-disciplinary programs.
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"Dancing Around Race" Final Public Gathering February 28th
2018 COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT RESIDENCY: Gerald Casel, Dancing Around Race
HMD's Bridge Project is proud to support choreographer Gerald Casel for a full year as Lead Artist in Dancing Around Race, the 2018 Community Engagement Residency.
As part of Casel's residency, HMD will present three public gatherings that invite the community into this year-long conversation around equity and the arts.
The next DANCING AROUND RACE gathering is: Thursday, February 28, 518 Valencia 7:30 PM Featuring Guest Speaker Thomas DeFrantz, Chair of African and African American Studies and Professor of Dance, and Theater Studies at Duke University
Members of the artist cohort for Dancing Around Race are: Raissa Simpson, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Sammay Dizon, Yayoi Kambara and David Herrera.
Description of Dancing Around Race by Casel:
My choreographic work complicates and provokes questions surrounding colonialism, cultural amnesia, whiteness and privilege, and the tensions between the invisible/perceived/obvious structures of power. For this residency, I will be engaging with artists as co-interrogators to look closely at the role race plays in dance production and presentation. We will ask how our work as artists functions in society and how the communities we engage with are considered, internalized, and reflected through our work. Employing a 'systems thinking' approach, I hope to connect with sectors of the Bay Area dance ecology and beyond to engage in invigorated dialogue to better understand how all are interconnected. We will invite curators, critics, scholars, dance writers, grantors, collaborators, publicists, and audience members to come together to spark conversations around dance. We will address systems of support, power and privilege, race and colorblind racial ideology, issues and problems around diversity, resilience and sustainability, and more. Working with the premise that all sectors are interdependent, we will promote a culture of empathy so that every part of the dance community feels more visible, heard, and understood. Finally, we will identify issues that dancers, choreographers and their collaborators face and will try to create solutions to problems that may be attributed to misunderstandings, uninformed assumptions, and myths.
Funding for the Community Engagement Residency comes from the San Francisco Arts Commission and the Center for Cultural Innovation's Investing in Tomorrow program. This activity is also supported in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency. Learn more at www.arts.ca.gov.