Saturday, September 19 & Saturday, September 26

Common Dances

photos by shannon hummel

A multi-site scavenger hunt/performance event in over 30 sites throughout Red Hook, Brooklyn

Saturday, September 19 and Saturday, September 26 from 3-7pm
Tickets available at the door of Cora Dance
72 Van Dyke Street at Richards Street beginning at 2:30pm each show day
Suggested admission: $25 or pay-what-you-can (minimum donation $3)
All paying audience members receive a neighborhood guidebook and map to all performances
For more info call 718-858-2520 or email

Opening night hootenanny

Saturday, September 19 immediately following the performance

Lawn of Woofs’N’Whiskers – 14 Coles St. in Red Hook


After the scavenger hunt of a performance that is the Opening Night of Shannon Hummel/Cora Dance’s Common Dances, join the cast, crew, staff and board in celebrating this milestone production that has been three years in the making! Held on the lawn of Woofs’N’Whiskers this party will be a good ole’ end of summer cookout, including a home cooked feast with all your summer favorites, drinks, dancing, fun, and a few games of cornhole!

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Photo by Tod Seelie at DTE’s Dance on the Greenway

After three years in development, the full suite of Shannon Hummel’s COMMON DANCES will premiere Saturdays, September 19 & 26 (rain dates Sundays, September 20 & 27). COMMON DANCES, a collection of 18 short works performed in over 30 locations and spaces throughout Red Hook, Brooklyn, is equal parts live performance, dance “scavenger hunt” and self-guided walking tour of the often overlooked spaces of this incredible community. Hummel’s love letter to the neighborhood, each dance is the ticket to a home or business that – though often small in scale – holds a mighty place in the heart of the community. Inspired by the ordinary-beautiful moments of loss, love, struggle, surprise, forgiveness and resolution we all share – COMMON DANCES takes place in intimate locations where Red Hook’s extraordinary people live and work – living room couches, park benches, dining room tables, church pews, bars, restaurant booths, factories, hallways and even inside of cars. These are not places on Brooklyn’s top ten must see lists. They are the workday sites that are the foundation of every community, housing the private dreams, complex histories, lingering regrets and inspiring hopes that weave the fabric of our lives. Each 3-7 minute gem is an invitation to get to know the community on a broad, yet personal scale. From the massive public housing projects to the breathtaking waterfront, COMMON DANCES challenges audiences to explore and treasure the entire Red Hook community, through its people, their work, their homes and their stories – up close and personal.

COMMON DANCES features performances by Cora Company Members; Kelly Bartnik, Sarah Burke, Katie Dean, Solomon Goodwin, Nadia Tykulsker; supporting cast: Yancy Greene, Megan Harrold, Angelic Ortiz, Karen Ross, AJ Sharp, Isabel Umali; guest performers: Stephanie Batchelder, Cynthia Thompson, Carolyn Hall, and members of the Cora Youth Company: Mykie Laidlow, Phoebe Pfaffman, Claire Sifton, Mateo Vidals.



logos2015Shannon Hummel/Cora Dance has received funding in 2014-2015 from NYSCA/New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; from the Brooklyn Community Foundation; through public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; and from the office of Councilman Carlos Menchaca. Cora has received further support from the Meringoff Family Foundation, the Michael Tuch Foundation, the Robertson Foundation, the Community Foundation of Harrisonburg/Rockingham County, SaveMor Digital Printing and from our individual contributors. Cora is part of the BAM/DeVos Institute of Arts Management Professional Development Program.