the metrics of intimacy with Hope Mohr and Christian Burns
Footloose continues its AIM: Artists in Motion residency series at The Garage with "the metrics of intimacy" contemporary dance performance with Hope Mohr and Christian Burns in collaboration with visual designer David Szlasa.
The evening offers a unique window into the creative relationship between Hope Mohr and Christian Burns, which has developed over time through an intimate studio practice of improvisation. Their shared attention to being in the moment allows the emergence of a visceral and thoughtful portrait of intimacy. Acclaimed performers Mohr and Burns draw on their different dance lineages: Mohr is anchored in modern and post-modern dance and Burns in ballet. Hope Mohr Dance will enjoy a home season at ODC April, 2014.
Footloose is funded by Grants for the Arts/SF Hotel Tax Fund and generous individuals and businesses. This project with Hope Mohr is funded by Zellerbach Family Foundation and Lighting Artists in Dance and will premiere in 2013. For more information visit www.hopemohr.org.
Hope Mohr (choreographer) founded Hope Mohr Dance after performing with a number of pioneers of modern dance, including Trisha Brown, Margaret Jenkins, Lucinda Childs, and Douglas Dunn. She trained at San Francisco Ballet School and was introduced to modern dance at Stanford University. After moving to New York, she trained on scholarship at the Merce Cunningham Dance Studio and the Trisha Brown Studio and freelanced with Liz Gerring, Trajal Herrell, Pat Catterson, and Mimi Garrard prior to joining the Trisha Brown Dance Co. (2001-2005). She is currently an artist-in-residence at ODC Theater.
Hope has been commissioned by Montalvo Arts Center, Stanford University, LINES Ballet BFA Program, and ODC Theater. Mohr's commitment to investigative process is evident in her "rigorously crafted [and] unusually satisfying" work (SF Bay Guardian). Mohr was a 2010 Irvine Fellow at the Lucas Artist Residency Program at the Montalvo Arts Center and was a 2009 participant in Choreographers in Mentorship Exchange (CHIME) with mentor Molissa Fenley. In 2006, she was an artist-in-residence with Jennifer Monson's Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Art, Nature and Dance in New York. In 2005, she assisted Lucinda Childs in the premiere of Dr. Atomic for S.F. Opera. In 2010, Mohr was nominated for an Isadora Duncan award with poet Brenda Hillman for the original text in Far From Perfect. Mohr's article, The Language of the Listening Body was published in Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory. www.hopemohr.org
Christian Burns has been performing, teaching, directing and speculating about the numerous ways we can experience, observe and create the body in motion since 1993, including improvisational methods with improvisers Kirstie Simson, Katie Duck, Michael Schumacher, Ave Karczag, and Chris Aiken. In the Bay Area, his work has been seen at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, ODC Theater, Counter Pulse, The Garage, Headlands Center for the Arts, Z Space Theater, Dancers Group Studio Theater, Footloose at Shotwell Studios and Howard Street Studio Theater. His work has also been presented at The Walker Art Center, Canal Danse in Paris FR, Taipei Artist Village in Taiwan, Nightingale Theater in Brighton UK, WINLAB Independent Festival in London, Escapade Festival at MovingArtsBase in London, The Dada House in Zurich Switzerland, OT301 in Amsterdam NL, The Southern Theater in MN, as well as performances in numerous independent studio locations in Brussels, Oslo, Copenhagen, Scotland, Wales, Italy, Sweden, Germany, Southern France, New York and Western Massachusetts.
Burns has had choreographic commissions for Alonzo King LINES Ballet and James Sewell Ballet, where he was a company member; Stanford University, Mt. Holyoke College, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, The Laban Center in London, Interlochen Center for the Arts, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, LINES Ballet BFA at Dominican University and LINES Ballet Training Program. Christian has been awarded a 2010 Choreographers in Mentorship Exchange (CHIME) grant, a 2008 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship for Choreography, the 2004 National Choo-San Goh Award for Choreography, the 2001 Paula Citron Award for Choreography for Camera, 1997 McKnight Artist Fellowship and was an artist-in-residence at the Experimental Television Center (NY). He is a full-time educator teaching for several programs and independent workshops. He is a founding faculty member of the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance where he dedicates much of his time teaching and researching choreographic process.
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