HOPE MOHR founded Hope Mohr Dance in 2007 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).
Mohr has presented her choreography in New York at Movement Research at Judson Church, the Merce Cunningham Studio, the Construction Company, and The Stable, and in the Bay Area at the San Francisco International Arts Festival, West Wave Festival, ODC Pilot 13, The Garage, Dance Mission Theater, Central Market Arts Festival, Bare Bones, Dance IS Festival, Mission Creek Music and Arts Festival, RAWdance’s Concept Series, and at the American College Dance Festival. 2012 will mark her fifth commission at Stanford University. She has been commissioned and presented by the Montalvo Arts Center.
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 the 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. She earned her J.D. from Columbia University in 2001 while dancing professionally.
Mohr and poet Brenda Hillman were nominated for an Isadora Duncan Dance Award for their text for Mohr’s Far From Perfect (2010). Mohr’s article The Language of the Listening Body was published in Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory. This year she started a blog, the body is the brain.