"Ten Artists Respond to 'Locus'"
Hope Mohr Dance
October 14, 2016
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Forum
San Francisco, CA
by Rita Felciano
copyright © Rita Felciano, 2016
Hope Mohr Dance’s Annual Bridge Project, in which Mohr has introduced or re-introduced artists such as Lucinda Childs, Simone Forti, Susan Rethorst, Dusan Tynek Dance Theatre, Molissa Fenley and Yvonne Rainer, has become a much-looked forward to event. The performances cleans one’s viewing palette even as they open perspectives on recent dance history. If this year’s “Ten Artists Respond to ‘Locus’” raised as many questions as it purported to answer, it was also the most ambitious project Mohr has yet undertaken. The challenge was to have ten local artists — only three of them were choreographers — learn Trisha Brown’s 1975 “Locus” and create their own response to it. Everyone, musicians, painters, a poet, theater and performance artists had to learn Brown’s original, taught to them by Diane Madden, Co-Artistic Director of the Trisha Brown Dance Company.
Artists: Peiling Kao (left) and Tracy Taylor Grubbs. Photo credit: Margo Moritz.