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(Photo of Kelsey Kramer in ‘gifts’)

The 2020 UpRise Festival Events:

2020 UpRISE PERFORMANCE FESTIVAL: Distinctive voices in performance celebrating conversation, communion and connection.


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 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 featuring Jose Joaquin Garcia. Costumes by Juliana Marsh. 

Elsewhere - originally performed by the professional company Shannon Hummel/Cora Dance in 2005 at Joyce SoHo - garnered high 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. 


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

@ The Copper Pot, 347 Van Brunt Street 


  • UpRISE Season Pass: $250 includes 7pm champagne pre-show and premier of Elsewhere at Cora, Post-Show Benefit Bash at The Copper Pot, and Season Tickets to all other UpRISE Festival events

  • UpRISE Benefit Bash Pass: $150 includes 7pm champagne pre-show and premier of Elsewhere at Cora and Post-Show Benefit Bash at The Copper Pot)

In addition to opening night tickets to Elsewhere on Friday October 18, UpRISE Season Pass and Benefit Bash Pass Ticket Holders are invited to arrive early for a 7pm champagne pre-party preview excerpts from other works in the UpRISE Festival. Following the performance, Season Ticket and Bash Pass Holders join Cora Dance’s artists for at The Copper Pot across the street where they will enjoy upscale casual American cuisine with Central and South American flavors from Chef James Novoa and dance to live music by Rock & Roll Neoyorquino music group, Jose Joaquin Garcia & The Rubi Band



Monday, November 18 - Saturday, November 23 @ 8pm

Treasure Island Storage in Red Hook, Brooklyn  

Suggested Admission: $30 or pay-what-you-can ($10 minimum)

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After its sold-out January run, gifts, returns to the safe white world (that is also blue) within Red Hook's Treasure Island Storage. Probing whether isolation from people and things we fear in the name of personal safety is worth the loss of sensuality and diversity, gifts asks how much is enough when one has all they need. Choreography by Shannon Hummel in collaboration with Cora dancers Katie Dean and Kelsey Kramer. Original score by Hans Bilger. Costumes by Maria Kofman. Lighting Design by Severn Clay.


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

Admission: FREE (donations accepted)

A new community potluck of food, fun art, and performance featuring works by Cora's professional and youth companies, 3C Resident Artists and other guests!  

Grove and guests

Saturday, February 15 - Sunday, February 23

Cora Dance 358 Van Brunt Street Red Hook, Brooklyn

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

 In this preview version, Grove is a forest of bones, muscles, heart, and skin that plumbs how adaptability and human connection foster longevity and resilience. Grove will premier in Coffey Park in Summer 2020

The 2020 UpRise Festival

About the festival…

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. After 10 years of intensive work to establish equitable and thoughtfully scaffolded dance education programs, 2020 UpRISE Fest marks the restoration of equal focus within the organization to the professional work of Cora Dance, both by Artistic Director Shannon Hummel and her company and select professional guests and resident artists. 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. Artists this season include Falcoworks Theater Company, Maxine Lyle/SoulSteps, Jose Joaquin Garcia/The Rubi Band, Cameron McKinney/Kizuna Dance alongside Shannon Hummel/Cora 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.