The body is the brain.
The mission of Hope Mohr Dance is to create, present and foster outstanding art at the intersection of the body and the brain.
We build community through art.
HMD's Bridge Project approaches curating as community organizing to convene equity-driven cultural conversations.
“The emergence of new, transformative, even revolutionary creativity occurs at the juncture between the production of art and the exercise of deep critical thought.” --Garrett Hongo
HMD is artist-driven and equity-driven.
Organizational priorities include:
artistic excellence, social justice, fair pay for artists, and creating a creative commons.
HMD is particularly committed to supporting female artists, LGBTQ artists, artists of color, and artists from historically underserved populations.
HMD is committed to creating creative spaces wherein all feel welcome. HMD does not discriminate with regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, physical disability, political affiliation, veteran's status, national origin, ancestry, socio-economic status, or source of income in its employment and curating practices, as provided by federal, state and local law.
HMD provides a platform for the Artistic Director Hope Mohr's artistic work.
HMD’s The Bridge Project approaches curating as a form of community organizing to facilitate equity-driven cultural conversations. In addition to producing multidisciplinary performance, Bridge Project programming includes a Community Engagement Residency, which provides long-term support for artists. The Bridge Project’s track record of presenting high caliber artists has raised HMD’s profile as a company that does more than present the work of one Artistic Director, but rather serves as a hub for equity-driven cultural exchange.
The purpose of HMD’s Bridge Project is to:
Create a creative commons for and among artists;
Promote relationships among artists and among artists and activists.
"[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 Janice Ross
Artistic Director Hope Mohr founded the company in 2007 after studying and performing with a number of pioneers of modern dance, including Merce Cunningham, Trisha Brown, Lucinda Childs, and Margaret Jenkins. Mohr has her B.A. from Stanford University and received her J.D. from Columbia Law School while dancing professionally. Mohr's work has been presented by: Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University, di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art, Movement Research at Judson Church in New York City, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco International Arts Festival, West Wave Festival, Montalvo Arts Center, ODC Theater, Stanford University, SFMOMA, Motion Pacific, Lines Ballet BFA Program, and the S.F. VA Hospital’s Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation. Mohr has self-presented her work at a wide variety of venues throughout the country, including at the Alvin Ailey Center and City Center in New York; Velocity in Seattle and The Mouth in Portland. She has taught dance technique and composition throughout the world, including at the Trisha Brown Studios in New York, The Place in London, PARTS in Brussels, UCLA's Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance, and American Conservatory Theatre’s MFA program.
ODC Theater (artist residency and company in residence)
Petronio Residency Center (artist residency)
Montalvo Arts Center (artist residency)
Interdisciplinary Laboratory in Art, Nature and Dance (artist residency)
Stanford Arts Institute (artist residency)
UCLA's Department of World Arts & Cultures/Dance
ODC's Sandbox Series
Choreographers in Mentorship Exchange (2009 and 2014)
Isadora Duncan Dance Award Nomination (2010 & 2017)
Current and past sources of institutional support for Hope Mohr Dance include:
National Endowment for the Arts
California Arts Council
The Fleishhacker Foundation
San Francisco's Grants for the Arts
San Francisco Arts Commission
Andrew M. Mellon Foundation
Center for Cultural Innovation (Investing in Tomorrow Grant & Creative Capacity Fund/Quick Grants Program)
Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation
Zellerbach Family Foundation (2009-current)
William & Flora Hewlett Foundation
Kenneth Rainin Foundation (NEW Grant 2011 & 2016; Impact Grant 2016-current)
Lighting Artists in Dance/Dancers' Group (2015 & 2018)
Sakana Foundation (2014-2016)
Ford Foundation (Matching Grant Program)
CA$H/Theatre Bay Area (2009 & 2014)
ODC Theater (Artist in residence 2012-2015; Company in Residence 2015-current)
Pictured above: Participating artists in The 2016 Bridge Project, Ten Artists Respond to Locus, a collaboration with the Trisha Brown Dance Company produced in association with YBCA.