Elsewhere - reimagined
Friday* & Saturday, October 18-19 @ 7:30pm, Sunday, October 20 @ 2:30pm
@ Cora Dance, 358 Van Brunt St.
Suggested Donation: $25 or pay-what-you-can
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Cora Dance kicks off the UpRISE Festival and its 2019-2020 Performance Season with the re-imagined premiere of Shannon Hummel’s 2005 critically-acclaimed work, Elsewhere. Elsewhere probes how we re-create community when abruptly pulled from all we know and asks if it is best to remember or forget in order to survive such loss. The 2019 reimagined version is performed by Cora Dance's Young Apprentices, ages 12-17: Anais Dallett, Z’Yanah Gonzalez, Evangelina Vargas and Mateo Vidals with professional company member Rebekah Bono. Re-imagined score by Hans Bilger. Costumes by Juliana Marsh.
Elsewhere - originally performed by the professional company Shannon Hummel/Cora Dance in 2005 at Joyce SoHo - garnered high critical praise:
“Hummel’s Elsewhere is enormously sophisticated, from the nuanced gradations of feeling expressed - the choreography quivers with subtle emotions, like the writing of Virginia Woolf - to stage pictures that remain beautifully calibrated whether the figures are still or running amok. Do I hear anyone suggesting a Bessie nomination? (This) eloquent choreographer gives tough love new meaning.” --Tobi Tobias, The Village Voice
While staying true to its original dive into how we cope in a world of abrupt change, in the 2019 version, performed by youth ages 12-17, Elsewhere looks to the current crisis of family separations in our country as source material, drawing on images and stories of children separated from their families and exploring, how these children cope, connect and disappear into themselves to survive their current circumstances.
Saturday and Sunday’s performances will be followed by post-performance talk-backs that include the artists from Elsewhere as well as Whitney Hu from Sunset Park ICE Watch. Sunset Park ICE Watch is a community-led team of volunteers working to empower Sunset Park and surrounding areas to combat ICE raids. They will be on-hand to help guide conversations through the lens of current events and provide information to the community on knowing your rights to help us build stronger, more united communities.
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*The Friday, October 18 performance of Elsewhere will be followed by THE UpRISE BENEFIT BASH at The Copper Pot, an opening night post-performance party benefiting the apprentice, professional and resident companies of Cora Dance! Come dance, eat and celebrate with us! Click here for tickets and info including how to get your SEASON TICKETS to all UpRISE Festival Events!
(Photo of Rebekah Bono and Mateo Vidals in ‘Elsewhere’ by Shannon Hummel)