love protagonists (2015)
Love Protagonists had its World Premiere at Bric Gallery on July 29th, 2015. This piece features FHP and the audience members in an interactive installation on Race, Gender, Personal History, and Love. The experience of Love Protagonists is rooted in providing a safe space for authentic communication and the interactive format allows for a uniquely personal experience at each performance. Honest and raw dialogue is facilitated through movement, spoken word, song, and multimedia projections. Throughout the work, the audience is escorted through the space and encouraged to inhabit the choreography themselves. During each section, participants become the protagonist of their own story within the piece.
THE LOOK OF FEELING (2013)
In The Look of Feeling Francesca Harper examines the life of her mother Denise Jefferson, who fearlessly directed The Alvin Ailey School for over 25 years. Jefferson nurtured the institution, and its artists onto international acclaim. From Monticello to Manhattan, Harper recreates her mother's miraculous journey through choreography, song, and visual projection. The Look of Feeling celebrates Jefferson, a pioneer of American dance who courageously fulfilled her dreams. The piece also illuminates Harper, a bold choreographer in discovery of her own legacy.
IMPROVISATIONS ON A POSE (2013)
Three sculptures by National Arts Club awardee Marc Mellon come to life through contemporary balletic interpretation in Improvisations on a Pose. Created in 2013 and premiered with the Attacca String Quartet, Francesca Harper illustrates the latent energy and inspiration of Mellon's bronze figures through classical and modern ballet. Performed to concerti by Beethoven, Haydn, and Ravel, soloists dance amidst the musicians and sculpture, exploring physical and spacial boundaries. Improvisations on a Pose is a breath-taking infusion of ballet and visual art that challenges the way we experience form and imagination.
creatures of prometheus (2012)
Creature of Prometheus pairs the scope of Beethoven's original score (1801) with Francesca Harper's interpretation of the classical ballet myth. Her choreography is performed to full orchestra. Creatures of Prometheus finds Harper's dancers evoking an eternal struggle; finding balance in a life lived at the edge of peril. Ballet is used here to illustrate forces natural and primordial, elegant and dramatic.
CONFIRMED DANCES (2015)
Originally performed with a live strong accompaniment by Attacca Quartet as part of their Metropolitan Museum of Art Residency, Confirmed Dances challenges ideas of feminine beauty, strength, community, relationships, self-reflection, and self-worth in a powerful piece set to the works of American Composer John Adams. The diverse cast dances a series of pieces created to parts of Adams' Book of Alleged Dances (1994), in which, according to Adams, the dances were "alleged" because "the steps for them had yet to be invented."