The 2020 UpRISE Performance Festival

Look for the UpRISE poster throughout the Red Hook community for a full list of events. Poster design by Katie Dean. Photos by Chastity Cortijo, Shannon Hummel and Steve Pisano.

Look for the UpRISE poster throughout the Red Hook community for a full list of events. Poster design by Katie Dean. Photos by Chastity Cortijo, Shannon Hummel and Steve Pisano.

2020 UpRISE PERFORMANCE FESTIVAL: Distinctive voices in performance celebrating conversation, communion and connection. In FY20, Cora Dance launches its UpRISE Performance Festival, the first of what aims to be an annual event celebrating distinct artistic voices who inspire community connection. 2020 UpRISE Fest marks the return of the professional company, Shannon Hummel/Cora Dance as a prominent focus of the organization’s work while engaging other distinctive makers in presenting their works at Cora Dance’s new home at 358 Van Brunt Street and beyond.

The season is anchored by the presentation of three works from Shannon Hummel/Cora Dance - both in-progress and from Hummel’s emotionally nuanced canon - selected and mounted specifically to elicit discussion important social issues of our time facilitated by those working in social justice and the arts. Professional Artists creating and/or presenting with Cora Dance this season include Falcoworks Theater Company, Maxine Lyle/SoulSteps, Jose Joaquin Garcia/The Rubi Band, Cameron McKinney/Kizuna Dance and others. In times where we are pressed to bend toward division, UpRISE uses art as a means to stand tall for a future of communion, unity and hope. Read below for the full schedule of UpRISE Festival events.

Purchase Season Tickets to all UpRISE Festival events by clicking here or, to purchase individual tickets, see the links in each event's description below.


2020 UpRISE Events:

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Elsewhere - reimagined

Friday* & Saturday, October 18-19 @ 7:30pm, Sunday, October 20 @ 2:30pm

@ Cora Dance, 358 Van Brunt Street in Red Hook, Brooklyn

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 premier 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. 

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Elsewhere - originally performed by the professional company Shannon Hummel/Cora Dance in 2005 at Joyce SoHo - garnered critical praise, including these words from the Village Voice’s Tobi Tobias:

“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 has looked to the current crisis at our border 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 organizers 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, providing information to the community on knowing your rights as immigrants, and as non-immigrants looking out for neighbors to build stronger, more united communities. 


UpRISE Festival Benefit Bash

Friday, October 18, 2019 immediately following the performance of Elsewhere

@ The Copper Pot, 347 Van Brunt Street in Red Hook, Brooklyn

Cora collaborator, Jose Joaquin Garcia performs with  T

Cora collaborator, Jose Joaquin Garcia performs with T

Come help Cora kick off the UpRISE Festival and the Fall Fundraising Season in support of the professional programs of Cora Dance. Enjoy food by Chef James Novoa and dance to music by Rubi Band featuring Cora Dance collaborator Jose Joaquin Garcia! Click here for all the details!

There’s TWO ways to get into this party:

#1: BUY YOUR UpRISE BENEFIT BASH PASS! $150 includes 7 pm champagne pre-show,* admission to the October 18 premiere of Elsewhere at Cora Dance and Post-Show Benefit Bash at The Copper Pot)

#2: BUY YOUR UpRISE SEASON TICKET PASS AND SEE EVERY EVENT IN THE UPRISE PERFORMANCE FESTIVAL SEASON!!: $250 includes 7 pm champagne pre-show*, admission to the October 18 premiere of Elsewhere at Cora Dance, Post-Show Benefit Bash at The Copper Pot, and Season Tickets to ALL OTHER UPRISE EVENTS!

*ADDED BONUS!!: ALL UpRISE Season Pass and Benefit Bash Pass Ticket Holders are invited to arrive early for the performance of Elsewhere on October 18 at Cora Dance for a 7 pm champagne pre-party toast and preview of excerpts from other works in the UpRISE Festival. Get your tickets now and help us toast a year of exceptional dance in our new space!


Photos of Katie Dean and Kelsey Kramer above, photo of Kelsey Kramer, below, by Steve Pisano.

Photos of Katie Dean and Kelsey Kramer above, photo of Kelsey Kramer, below, by Steve Pisano.

Tuesday, November 19 - Saturday, November 23 

@ Treasure Island Storage, 183 Lorraine Street, Red Hook, Brooklyn  

Suggested Admission: $35 or pay-what-you-can ($10 minimum) 

SPACE IS EXTREMELY LIMITED. EARLY PURCHASE RECOMMENDED. TICKETS SOLD IN ADVANCE ONLY. NO TICKETS SOLD AT THE DOOR.

Visit coradance.org for ticket and detailed location info. 

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gifts, the latest evening-length work from the professional company, Shannon Hummel/Cora Dance, premiered in a sold-out 5-night run in January, inhabiting a 20 x 20 storage unit in Red Hook, Brooklyn’s Treasure Island Storage Building. Back by popular demand, this November, gifts returns to TI for an even more isolated and intimate encore run. A stark reflection on the self-imposed anxiety we create when we isolate ourselves from people and experiences we do not understand in the name of our safety. In a stark white world (that is also blue), stripped of fear, free from danger, with all needs met, where everything is fine, gifts asks what we need to make us secure when we already have enough. gifts is performed by dancers Katie Dean and Kelsey Kramer with original score by Hans Bilger and costumes by Maria Kofman.

(WARNING: This performance takes place in a confined space. Those with concerns should contact Nicole Assanti at nassanti@coradance.org for more details.)


Photos of Cora Youth Companies presenting works by faculty artists. Photo above: Anais Dallett and Destiny Garland in  Swayed  by Juliana Marsh. Photo by Shannon Hummel. Below, Z’Yanah Gonzalez, Destiny Garland, Evangelina Vargas and Amaya Herrera in  Anchors  by Shannon Hummel w/ Keon Washington. Photo by Gaia Squarci.

Photos of Cora Youth Companies presenting works by faculty artists. Photo above: Anais Dallett and Destiny Garland in Swayed by Juliana Marsh. Photo by Shannon Hummel. Below, Z’Yanah Gonzalez, Destiny Garland, Evangelina Vargas and Amaya Herrera in Anchors by Shannon Hummel w/ Keon Washington. Photo by Gaia Squarci.

Sunday, December 15, 6pm @ Cora Dance, 358 Van Brunt St.

Admission: FREE (donations accepted)

“Stone Soup”, a metaphor for the power and positivity created by engaging and organizing community resources, is a new community potluck food, fun art, and sharing series. Featuring works-in-progress by Shannon Hummel/Cora Dance, 3C Artists-in-Residence, Cora Youth Company programs - including the premier of a new work by guest artist Nicole Assanti - and other guests and community artists, this open share night is an informal chance to share food, art and good company with your neighbors!


Halfsies - a shared event

Saturday, February 15 - Sunday, February 23. (Detailed schedule and artist line-up posted at www.coradance.org by January 1, 2020.)

@ Cora Dance, 358 Van Brunt Street, Red Hook, Brooklyn

Suggested Admission: $25 or pay-what-you-can ($5 minimum) 

Grove  previews as part of Halfsies and premiers in Coffey Park in Red Hook Brooklyn in October 2020. Pictured: Kate Dean and Juliana Marsh. Photo by Shannon Hummel.

Grove previews as part of Halfsies and premiers in Coffey Park in Red Hook Brooklyn in October 2020. Pictured: Kate Dean and Juliana Marsh. Photo by Shannon Hummel.

HALFSIES is a series of performances, each split between two artists, giving both an opportunity to cross-pollinate audiences, share works in development and engage in post-performance conversation. As part of this series, Shannon Hummel/Cora Dance previews material from two works-in-progress: Grove, a collage of bones, muscles, heart, and skin, plumbing how longevity is brought on by adaptability; and Plus 1: A Single Mother's Project, a solo for Artistic Director Shannon Hummel. SH/CD’s works appear alongside 3C Resident Artists and guests.