Confirmed Dances Francesca Harper, charismatic choreographer and former William Forsythe dancer, was invited by The Attacca Quartet to create dances for the Quartet’s performance from John’s Book of Alleged Dances (1994). According to Adams, the dances were “alleged” because “the steps for them had yet to be invented…” until done so by Harper, who “has all the right moves,” noted The New York Times. Premiered at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2015 with The Attacca Quartet in the presence of composer John Adams. Choreography: Francesca Harper Run time: 60 minutes, 8 dancers Photo credit: Andrew Jackendoff

Confirmed Dances

Francesca Harper, charismatic choreographer and former William Forsythe dancer, was invited by The Attacca Quartet to create dances for the Quartet’s performance from John’s Book of Alleged Dances (1994). According to Adams, the dances were “alleged” because “the steps for them had yet to be invented…” until done so by Harper, who “has all the right moves,” noted The New York Times.
Premiered at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2015 with The Attacca Quartet in the presence of composer John Adams.
Choreography: Francesca Harper
Run time: 60 minutes, 8 dancers
Photo credit: Andrew Jackendoff

Creatures of Prometheus Pairing the scope of Beethoven’s original score (1801), with Francesca Harper’s interpretation of the classical ballet creation myth, Creatures 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. This work may be engaged to be performed with Professional Orchestras as well as at Universities with student musicians and dancers. An engagement may include workshops, and may include training student dancers for the performance(s). Run time: 60 Minutes, 11* Dancers * 6 FHP dancers, 5 (or more) may be from student organizations participating in workshops. Music: Beethoven Costumes: Elias Gurrola Photo Fred Stucker

Creatures of Prometheus

Pairing the scope of Beethoven’s original score (1801), with Francesca Harper’s interpretation of the classical ballet creation myth, Creatures 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.
This work may be engaged to be performed with Professional Orchestras as well as at Universities with student musicians and dancers. An engagement may include workshops, and may include training student dancers for the performance(s).
Run time: 60 Minutes, 11* Dancers
* 6 FHP dancers, 5 (or more) may be from student organizations participating in workshops.
Music: Beethoven
Costumes: Elias Gurrola
Photo Fred Stucker

Improvisations on a Pose Three sculptures by National Arts Club awardee Marc Mellon come to life through balletic interpretation, in Improvisations on a Pose. Created in 2013 and premiered with the Attacca Quartet, Francesca Harper illustrates the latent energy and inspiration of Mellon’s bronze figures thru classical and modern ballet. Performed to concerti by Beethoven, Haydn and Ravel, soloists dance amidst the musicians and sculpture, exploring physical and spatial boundaries. Improvisations on a Pose is a breath-taking infusion of ballet and visual art that challenges the way we experience form and imagination. Choreography: Francesca Harper Music:: Ludwig van Beethoven, Joseph Haydn, Joseph-Maurice Ravel. In a university setting, may use student instrumentalists. Original Sculptures by: Marc Mellon Run time: 30 minutes, 3 dancers Photo: Francesca Harper

Improvisations on a Pose

Three sculptures by National Arts Club awardee Marc Mellon come to life through balletic interpretation, in Improvisations on a Pose. Created in 2013 and premiered with the Attacca Quartet, Francesca Harper illustrates the latent energy and inspiration of Mellon’s bronze figures thru classical and modern ballet. Performed to concerti by Beethoven, Haydn and Ravel, soloists dance amidst the musicians and sculpture, exploring physical and spatial boundaries. Improvisations on a Pose is a breath-taking infusion of ballet and visual art that challenges the way we experience form and imagination.
Choreography: Francesca Harper
Music:: Ludwig van Beethoven, Joseph Haydn, Joseph-Maurice Ravel. In a university setting, may use student instrumentalists.
Original Sculptures by: Marc Mellon
Run time: 30 minutes, 3 dancers
Photo: Francesca Harper

 
Love Protagonists Love Protagonists is an interactive work that breaks the fourth wall and invites the audience to participate in, and even shape, the piece before them. As the audience member is invited into the artistic dialogue, Love Protagonists provides the opportunity to explore our differences and the experiences that can transcend such divisions. The foundation of the piece is rooted in creating a safe space for both artist and audience to engage in authentic and honest dialogue on race, gender, and empathy through movement and text. Beginning with a short film in which the dancers share their thoughts on gender, race, their personal narratives, and love, they then launch out into the space and into their auto-dramas - works that chronicle their lives. The audience then moves into the space and the personal narratives to see the work up close, and even to inhabit the choreography. The audience is sometimes escorted through choreographic landscapes based on race and gender; sometimes they are escorted out to watch from a distance and then escorted back in again. As the piece finishes with a dialogue on Love, the audience and the dancers share an intimate and profound connection as the work concludes. "Walking into the space with the dancers made me feel connected …not only on an artistic level, but more deeply on a human level. I was able to be a part of their story, and they were able to be a part of mine." - Sarah Katz, Student / New York City Choreography: Francesca Harper Run time: 50 minutes, 8

Love Protagonists

Love Protagonists is an interactive work that breaks the fourth wall and invites the audience to participate in, and even shape, the piece before them. As the audience member is invited into the artistic dialogue, Love Protagonists provides the opportunity to explore our differences and the experiences that can transcend such divisions. The foundation of the piece is rooted in creating a safe space for both artist and audience to engage in authentic and honest dialogue on race, gender, and empathy through movement and text.
Beginning with a short film in which the dancers share their thoughts on gender, race, their personal narratives, and love, they then launch out into the space and into their auto-dramas - works that chronicle their lives. The audience then moves into the space and the personal narratives to see the work up close, and even to inhabit the choreography. The audience is sometimes escorted through choreographic landscapes based on race and gender; sometimes they are escorted out to watch from a distance and then escorted back in again. As the piece finishes with a dialogue on Love, the audience and the dancers share an intimate and profound connection as the work concludes.
"Walking into the space with the dancers made me feel connected …not only on an artistic level, but more deeply on a human level. I was able to be a part of their story, and they were able to be a part of mine." - Sarah Katz, Student / New York City
Choreography: Francesca Harper
Run time: 50 minutes, 8

The Look of Feeling 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 to 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, and illuminates Harper, a bold choreographer in discovery of her own legacy. Run time: 90 Minutes, Solo Work Music: Piano, Violin, Cello or recorded music. In a university setting, may use student instrumentalists. Photo: Milan Goldbach

The Look of Feeling

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 to 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, and illuminates Harper, a bold choreographer in discovery of her own legacy.
Run time: 90 Minutes, Solo Work
Music: Piano, Violin, Cello or recorded music. In a university setting, may use student instrumentalists.
Photo: Milan Goldbach

(y)ourstory

In development, (y)ourstory will be available for touring beginning in 2017.