Hope Mohr Dance Kicks Off Home Season Tonight
Hope Mohr Dance is proud to announce the program for its seventh Home Season featuring three world premieres.
As a testament to Mohr's vision as one of the Bay Area's leaders in postmodern dance, this year the company explores a program dedicated to experimentation in choreographic form by its namesake founder. The company's annual Bridge Project, dedicated to presenting the work of outstanding choreographers from outside the Bay Area, will take place as a stand-alone event in September. Mohr's Home Season features three world premieres, including Route 20, a trio; ridetherhythm, a work for dancers and actors; and Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction, a full-company work set to a live jazz score. Hope Mohr Dance's seventh Home Season is produced in association with ODC Theater and runs today to Sunday, April 10 - 13, 2014.
Hope Mohr Dance's full-company premiere, titled Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction, is a collaboration with jazz trumpet player Henry Hung alongside Noah Phillips and Eric Garland. In Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction Mohr treats the dancers as agents of both kinesthetic and aural intelligence. Working with the musicians, the dancers create sound through microphones placed strategically throughout the performing space; the musicians then interpret the dancers' sounds by way of electronic effects processing and further improvisation.
"Improvisation is a hallmark of jazz, of course, but it's also been a central tool in my own choreographic process," says Mohr. "Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction integrates improvisational techniques with more calculated aspects of choreography. One of my objects in this piece is to expose the underlying structures in the process of art-making. For example, ephemera from the rehearsal process, such as conversations among the artists in rehearsal, are part of the soundscape. Other textures in the sound palette include set musical composition, spoken and recorded text and the sounds of dancing bodies."
Included in the mix of spoken and recorded text is Mohr's own original poetry. The title of the dance comes from a Wallace Stevens poem that names three ideal aspects of poetry: "It must be abstract," "It must change" and "It must give pleasure."