Collaboration with Ranu Mukherjee

Hope Mohr has an ongoing collaboration with visual artist Ranu Mukherjee since 2017.
Below are descriptions of their projects to date.

Succession (2018)

  Dancers Jane Selna and Suzette Sagisi at the di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art. These trees burned in the Sonoma fires of 2017. Photo courtesy of Ranu Mukherjee.

Dancers Jane Selna and Suzette Sagisi at the di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art. These trees burned in the Sonoma fires of 2017. Photo courtesy of Ranu Mukherjee.

HMD, in collaboration with Mukherjee, helped develop an installation and performance at the di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art as part of Mukherjee's commission for Be Not Still, Living in Uncertain Times.  The collaboration responded to the fires that ravaged the area in 2017.  Mohr and Mukherjee developed the installation and performance through the dancers’ physical engagement with the burned and recovering landscape on the di Rosa property. The performance is a collaborative visceral response to the conditions of the aftermath and our intimate connection to the ground we stand (and dance) on. Featuring dancers Karla Quintero, Suzette Sagisi and Jane Selna, and audio composition by Mike Maurillo.

Now not Now (2017)

  Dancers Karla Quintero and Suzette Sagisi at Gallery Wendi Norris, with paintings by Ranu Mukherjee. Photo courtesy of Danielle Bourassa-Young.

Dancers Karla Quintero and Suzette Sagisi at Gallery Wendi Norris, with paintings by Ranu Mukherjee. Photo courtesy of Danielle Bourassa-Young.

Now not Now was a short dance by Hope Mohr developed and presented in conversation with Mukherjee’s exhibition Shadowtime at Gallery Wendi Norris on June 29, 2017, featuring dancers Karla Quintero and Suzette Sagisi. Mukherjee’s dynamic artworks overlay depictions of bodies performing deliberate, urgent actions with expressions of love in an uneasy historical moment. Mohr’s choreography responded with embodied explorations of line, gesture, rhythm, and weight.

 

Sanctuary (2017)

HMD worked with Mukherjee to create a performance for the Sanctuary Salon at Fort Mason Chapel as part of the Sanctuary exhibit curated by the FOR-SITE Foundation. FOR-SITE invited 36 artists from 21 different countries to design contemporary rugs reflecting on sanctuary, offering visitors a multiplicity of perspectives on the basic human need for refuge, protection, and sacred ground; Mukherjee was one of the commissioned artists.