Bridge Live Arts supports dancemaking as part of our commitment to the wisdom of the body and putting dance in dialogue with the world. The current B.L.A. Affiliate Artist, Hope Mohr, will continue to partner with B.L.A. in 2023 to both create and present new performance as well as develop B.L.A.'s resident choreographer program to support other dancemakers in the future. Watch this page for updates and opportunities.
My primary tool in making dance is deconstruction.
I break down movement to get at strangeness and to excavate a voice closer to the bone. I break down movement to push against the traditions of white formalism that have shaped me. I break down movement to create a space where freedom can arise.
Poetry can unmake the self that culture has made. Poetry can create space for a self that does not yet exist. When I speak of poetry, I speak of dance. Making a dance feels like doing a million close readings of the body.
I am an activist formalist. This means that I value thinking about subject matter through form. Also that doubt corrodes my forms. I make art to stir up ambivalence, to imagine values other than those of the dominant culture, and to fall into places that scare me.
Hope Mohr (Affiliate Artist) has woven art and activism for decades. In 2007, she founded Hope Mohr Dance. In 2010, she founded HMD's core program, The Bridge Project. In 2020, she co-stewarded the organization's transition to an equity-driven model of distributed leadership. As a dancer, Mohr trained at S.F. Ballet School and on scholarship at the Merce Cunningham and Trisha Brown Studios in New York City. She performed in the companies of dance pioneers Lucinda Childs and Trisha Brown, among others. As a choreographer, Mohr makes work that “conveys emotional and socio-political contents that just ride underneath the surface of a rigorous vocabulary.” (Dance View Times) She was named to the YBCA 100 in 2015. In 2014, Dance Magazine editor-in-chief Wendy Perron named Mohr as one of the “women leaders” in dance. Her book, Shifting Cultural Power, is out now from the National Center for Choreography.
Passionate about pursuing both activism and dance, Mohr earned a J.D. from Columbia Law School. She works as a lawyer at the intersection of the arts and the solidarity economy as a Fellow with the Sustainable Economies Law Center.
Collaboration with visual artist Ranu Mukherjee
Workshops with immigrant and refugee artists are a core part of this project, in partnership with ARTogether (Oakland) and 18th Street Art Center (LA). Development in residency Winter 2022 with support from 836M Gallery
- Thu, Apr 27Joe Goode Annex
- Thu, Mar 30John Hopkins University
- Sat, Feb 18FREIZE LA