Francesca Harper (CBA ’17) is an internationally acclaimed multi-faceted artist. After being named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts and performing at the White House, Harper began her career with Dance Theater of Harlem and went on to dance as a Principal in William Forsythe’s Ballet Frankfurt. Her Broadway credits include Fosse, The Producers, the Tony Award winning treasure The Color Purple. Regionally she performed leading roles in Sweet Charity and Sophisticated Ladies. Her latest solo work, “The Look of Feeling” was described as “a piece rich in truth and authenticity.” She can currently been seen as a featured performer in Punchdrunk’s production of “Sleep No More” in New York City. Harper has choreographed works for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Ailey II, Tanz Graz, Hubbard Street II, Dallas Black Dance Theater, and her own company, The Francesca Harper Project. The Francesca Harper Project has become the platform for Harper’s own artistic vision. FHP has toured nationally and internationally at venues including the Holland Dance Festival, Venice Biennale, NJPAC, Impulstanz, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Joyce Theater. Harper is greatly inspired by the movement for equality and social justice.
(y)ourstory : a movement in inclusivity
At CBA, Harper developed an immersive work that breaks the fourth wall and invites the audience to participate in, and even shape, the world before them. As the audience member is invited into the artistic dialogue, (y)ourstory provides the opportunity to explore our differences and the experiences that can transcend such divisions and bring us closer to one another.