Movers & Shapers: Francesca Harper

By June 19, 2019Podcast



Francesca Harper


Release Date: 6.19.19


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Francesca Harper (Artistic Director, Choreographer, and Dancer) is an internationally acclaimed, multifaceted artist. After being named Presidential Scholar in the Arts and performing at the White House her senior year of high school, she joined and performed soloist roles with the Dance Theater of Harlem and later as a Principal Dancer in William Forsythe’s Ballet Frankfurt.

Harper has choreographed works for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey II, Tanz Graz, Hubbard Street II, Dallas Black Dance Theater, and her own company, the Francesca Harper Project, which was founded in 2005. Harper enjoys her appointment as an adjunct professor at New York University and the Juilliard School, and she is a former associate professor at Barnard College, and teacher/choreographer for the Ailey School, Fordham University’s BFA program, and the Susan Batson Studio.

Harper is the Artistic Director for the Movement Invention Project® and also recently served as the Movement Director for Nick Cave’s The Let Go, an exhibit commissioned by the Park Avenue Armory. Harper was awarded a two-year choreographic fellowship with Urban Bush Women, providing support toward her latest dance-theater work An Unapologetic Body, still currently in development.

Her recent engagements include choreographing a video shoot of  Wendy Whelan and Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s new collaboration via Sozo Artists, Inc., choreography and participation in a Planned Parenthood video campaign, a collaboration with Nona Hendryx, Carrie Mae Weems, and Niegel Smith in Refrigerated Dreams at the Public Theater, Pentacle’s Dance Series at the Rubin Museum, and touring in Bregenz, Austria, for Bregenzer Frühling. She will also present work in WOMEN/CREATE! – A Festival of Dance at New York Live Arts June 11th-16th, 2019.

Francesca Harper is committed to works rooted in artistic expression, empowerment, and social awareness. She is grateful for the daily opportunity to do what she loves and is passionate about inspiring others to live their dreams.




Instagram: @thefrancescaharperproject

Twitter: @fhproject



Donald McKayle

Denise Jefferson

The Ailey School

Pearl Lang

Alvin Ailey

Dance Theatre of Harlem

George Balanchine

Merrill Ashley 

Frankfurt Ballet

William Forsythe

“Slingerland” by Forsythe

Nora Kimball 

Helen Pickett

Nederlands Dans Theater

Gorecki “Symphony of Sorrowful Songs”

Susan Batson

Colin Conner

“Unapologetic Body”

Forsythe Technologies

Claudia Rankine “Citizen: An American Lyric”

Urban Bush Women Choreographic Fellowship

“Negroland” by Margo Jefferson



Podcast produced by: The Moving Architects
Interviewer: Erin Carlisle Norton
Theme Music: Adam Crawley whose music can be found at

This podcast episode is in partnership with JAM.  JAM is the home of dance entrepreneur Jessica Marino, providing artist management services and industry shopping., networking for dance and bringing ideas to the spotlight.