Mission and History

Mission Statement

We bring together artists and audiences, teachers and students, other organizations and
communities in creative practices dedicated to opportunity, inclusion and collaboration in dance.

DEI statement (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion)

MFDP|SF is committed to cultivating an organization that is inclusive in artistic expression and
embraces diversity on stage and off.

Our Mission

Mark Foehringer Dance Project|SF (MFDP|SF) is a contemporary dance organization based in San Francisco currently in its 24th season . It incorporated as a nonprofit in 2002. It has as its mission to carry forward the artistic vision of founder and director Mark Foehringer.

After working as a teacher, ballet master, choreographer and director for several professional dance companies and schools, Foehringer felt the need to create Mark Foehringer Dance Project|SF as a place to create his own brand of dance work. From the onset Foehringer wanted an organization that engages the community through his choreographed works created for local artists, presented works by other local artists, collaborates with local performing organizations and teaches dance students of all ages.

Hence, MFDP|SF’s has as its mission to bring together artists and audiences, Teachers and students, other organization and communities in a creative process dedicated to opportunity and new ideas. MFDP|SF seeks to present diverse dance work to a variety of communities on an annual basis. MFDP|SF presents Foehringer’s contemporary and dance theater work. Additionally, it produces an annual outdoor admission free dance festival in Golden Gate Park called Dancing in the Park SF; a choreography mentoring workshop for emerging dance makers called Young Choreographers Forum SF; Family programming such as: Nutcracker Sweet and Alice in Wonderland.


Foehringer has created over 80 original works for ballet, contemporary dance and opera. MFDP|SF has been seen nationally at Joyce Theater in New York; Jazz at Lincoln Center in NYC; Peridance Center’s Capezio Theater in NYC, Ailey CitiBank Theater in NYC. MFDP|SF has held residencies with Ballet Nouveau in Denver and Northern Colorado Dance Conservatory; Centro de Cultur in Aruba; Rambert School of Contemporary Dance in London and San Jose State University.

Mark Foehringer Dance Project|SF toured internationally on two US Public Diplomacy Tours through US State Department and US Embassy- Lima Peru. Foehringer received two Fulbright Fellowships to create and perform work with Ballet Nacional del Peru. All together Foehringer created seven works while in Peru using MFDP|SF company members and company members of BNP and Ballet San Marcos. MFDP|SF has benefitted from a long term relationship with Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture receiving co sponsorships for new works presented at Cowell Theater. SF Parks and Recreation has continued relationship with Mark Foehringer’s Dancing in the Park SF which in its 11th season.

MFDP|SF has been associated with San Jose State University since 2012. This association is based on teaching and workshops with the students and local arts professionals of South Bay. MFDP|SF has been in residency at SJSU and has been presented multiple times since 2013. Foehringer is a faculty member of the School of Music and Dance of San Jose State University.

MFDP|SF has received four Isadora Duncan Dance Award nominations for design twice for, best ensemble and most recently a restaging of Foehringer’s contemporary work.

Mark Foehringer Dance Project|SF has collaborated with visual artist and MacArthur Genius Award recipient- Camille Utterback; Dr David Glowacki of Royal Society of Science- London; Michael Morgan of Oakland Symphony; Friction Quartet and award-winning designers of the Bay Area-Matthew Antaky; Frederic O. Boulay and Peter Crompton. MFDP|SF has benefitted of long term relationships with several of the bay area’s most sought after dancers such as Isadora Duncan Dance Award winners Raphael Boumaila; Katherine Wells, Brian Fisher, Daniel Santos and Brandon Freeman. As well as nationally renown artists Logan Learned, principal dancer of Sarasota Ballet and Bethania Gomes of Dance Theater of Harlem.

Mark Foehringer Dance Project|SF is preparing for its 25th season of making and sharing dance with the San Francisco Bay Area.

List of Works


Music by Peter Gabriel
A woman reflects on her life as she lies dying. 9 dancers perform this 7 part dance.

Here to There
Music by Michael Nyman
Dance in 4 parts for 8 dancers who are trying to find their place in the world.

In Memoriam
Music by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Solo for male dancer mourning loss of the rain forests


Music by Mamas and the Papas, Bette Midler, Cyndi Lauper, Doris Day and David Hirschfelder and The Bogo Pogo Orchestra
Situations while wearing pajamas are performed by nine dancers.

After a Dream
Music by Gabriel Faure
Inspired by the paintings of the gardens of Giverny by Claude Monet


Children’s Corner
Music by Claude Debussy
Five dancers perform dances about the lessons learned from the fairy tales

Bach Cello Suite no. 1
Music by Johann Sebastian Bach
Dance for three dancers in 3 parts


Music by Sergei Rachmaninov
A murder mystery spoof for 7 dancers


Concerto Grosso
Music by Ernest Bloc
9A dynamic 5 part work for 8 Dancers

Romeo and Juliet
Music by Sergei Prokofiev
Full length ballet of the classic love story


Music by Claude Debussy
A trio of two females and one male dancer

The Lark
Music by Mikhail Glinka
A duet exploring letting go of loss.

Four Seasons
Music by Antonio Vivaldi
A 12 part dance follows the seasons of life as seen through a child’s eyes.


String Quartet
Music by Sergei Prokofiev
8 dancers perform a dynamic 3 part dance inspired by the music of Prokofiev


Las Vicissitudes
Music by Egberto Gismonti and Edgardo Cambon
12 dancers explore the rhythms of South America through lyrical contemporary ballet


Loose Translation
Music by Gaetano Donizetti
Inspired by the Rastellis, Italian clowns from the 1930s, two dancers try to communicate.

Portrait in Black and White (Part 1)
Music by Frederick Chopin
Pas de deux inspired by photos of a married couple of 1800s America


Music by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Heitor Villa-Lobos,Egberto Gismonti, Fagner
Bases on the Brazilian folk tale Grande Sertao Veredas by Guimaraes Rosa-Full evening work with 14 dancers


Music by Heitor Villa-Lobos
A 50 duet that tells the story of a master and student as the circumstances change for both.

The Devil Made Me Do It
Music by Igor Stravinsky
Based on L’Histoire Du Soldat written by C.F. Ramuz and inspired by characters from Faust


In Fugue
Music by Jack Perla
8 dancers wait for a boat to arrive bringing an unknown hero.

Bitter Fruit
Music by John Adams, Steven Reich
Inspired by the 5 phases of grief and performed by 8 dancers

Music by Francis Poulenc, Steven Reich
This work is a response to the dancers of Peru who were fired for protesting for unfair work practices. It was performed by 12 dancers.

Hush Now
Music by Billie Holiday
5 women wait for their customers after a death in their brothel

Music by John Adams
Inspired by Plato’s Allegory of the Cave performed by 8 dancers

Peter and the Wolf
Music by Prokofiev
Danced storytelling of the classical story performed 10 dancers


Music by Arvo Paart
Cultures are bound together by common experiences as 8 dancers perform this 6 part dance.


Mark Foehringer’s Nutcracker Sweets
Music by PytorTchaikovsk, arranged by Michael Morgan
50 minute danced storytelling for children of all ages.


Another Time
Music by Franz Lisz
A woman and man meet to reconcile


Sunken Cathedral
Music by Claude Debussy
A fisherman rescues a statue of a saint who comes alive


Daphnis et Chloe
Music by Maurice Ravel
Based on the mythological tale of two lovers

O Sol e lua e outras estrelas
Music by Tom Jobim and Vinicius Moraes
Star gazers dance as they determine their future path

O Boi sobre o Telhado
Music by Darius Milhaud
Romp with 12 dancers performing a dance to the rhythms of Brazil


Et In Arcadia Ego
Music by Heitor Villa Lobos
Pas de deux exploring the final moments of a man’s life


Dances of the Sacred and Profane
Music by Claude Debussy, Gabriel Faure and Maurice Ravel
Collaboration with visual artist Camille Utterback, physicist Dr. David Glowacki, sound engineer Michael St Sinclair and projection designer Frederic O, Boulay.
This work is inspired by the artists of the impressionist period


Music by Frederick Chopin)
5 dancers perform this poetic work exploring movement from renaissance dance and paintings

Long since thou has lost me
Music by Gustav Mahler
A pas de deux and part of the Ruckert Lieder. This section explores the rekindling of a lost love.

Song to the Moon
Music by Anton Dvorak
A water nymph falls in love with a human and chooses to lose her magic skills in this pas de deux inspired by the opera Rusalka

Brahms Sextet
Music by Johannes Brahms
6 dancers perform a brief dynamic dance inspired by the Brahms score.


Um Mittenacht
Music by Gustav Mahler
A part of Ruckert Lieder performed by 3 male dancers.

In Brevis
Music by Ernest Bloch
Two dancers find each other while lost in the world


Seven Deadly Sins
Music by Kurt Weill
A collaboration with Festival Opera. This work is danced version of the operetta by Kurt Weills about the trip of the two Annas get back home.

Rushlight Burn
Music by Felix Mendelssohn
Dynamic dance for 11 dancers reflects on the fleeting moments of life.

Suite Holberg
Music by Edvard Grieg
Group dance with 7 dancers celebrating the Grieg score


Mark Foehringer’s Alice in Wonderland
Music by Camille Saint Saens
50 minute danced storytelling inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland.


Like an OX on the Roof
Music by Darius Milhaud
A danced telling of two unlikely people finding each other in a café in a painting.

Simple Symphony
Music by Benjamin Britten
3 part contemporary ballet inspired the Britten score performed by 5 dancers