Shannon Hummel/Cora Dance presents "down here"- 2013 Season of Performances
Shannon Hummel/Cora Dance
Tickets: sliding scale, 0 or pay-what-you-can, *(opening night benefit tickets: 00. More information below.)
Shannon Hummel/Cora Dance presents their 2013 NYC Season premiere of "down here" at The Cora Theater, 201 Richards St at 8pm on February 28-March 2 and March 6-9. The first NYC Season since Hummel became a mother and opened the company's acclaimed arts center in Red Hook, Brooklyn in 2009, this event marks a special and important milestone for the company as they present Hummel's latest work in their home theater. Opening night includes a post-performance cocktail party and talkback facilitated by Emmy and Peabody award winning journalist John Hockenberry, host of public radio's "The Takeaway." Graciously hosting the event in his Red Hook home, audiences will be able to take part in a discussion with the artists facilitated by Mr. Hockenberry.
ABOUT 'DOWN HERE': Two characters plummet through the world together, understanding and misunderstanding each other, repelling and propelling, doing good and harm. They are at once lovers, sisters, gods, heads of state and prisoners all seeking solutions to unresolvable differences they cannot admit exist. "down here" examines the pain we unwittingly cause along the way as we focus on our own needs and internal strife. Articulately danced by Cora performers and collaborators Katie Dean and Calia Marshall, it is a dance of attachments existing because of, in spite of and within the compromises we make to survive working together.
*OPENING NIGHT BENEFIT: February 28 at 8pm: "down here" Opening Night Benefit Performance and Cocktail Party with Shannon Hummel/Cora Dance and post-performance discussion facilitated by public radio's John Hockenberry. Tickets are 00 and available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/317542.
GUEST CHOREOGRAPHERS: Shannon Hummel is proud to share our 2013 Season with three outstanding emerging choreographers:
Nadia Tykulsker/Spark(edit) Arts- March 1 and 2
Courtney Cooke- March 6 and 8
Katie Dean- March 7 and 9
About Nadia Tykulsker/Spark(edIt) Arts, (March 1 and 2 at 8pm)
Working with five dancers, a saxophonist, and a percussionist, "Running Time" has been birthed from in-between, seemingly destructive, interactions with passersby which require dissection. Disruption is the thing we can all get with. This piece reflects our experience as young artists in New York City, acknowledging discontent. Performed by Katie Dean, Tara Sheena, EmmaGrace Skove-Epes, Sophie Torok, and Aya Wilson. Music by Danny Fisher-Lochhead and Austin Vaughn.
Spark(edIt) Arts was created as a forum to bring dancers and artists of different mediums together to make collaborative works of dance-theater which appeal to a wide range of audiences. It is the brainchild of Nadia Tykulsker, mover/maker/music/manager/mayhem causer based in Brooklyn. Check them out at www.sparkeditarts.com
*This piece was created during a Space Grant provided by the Brooklyn Arts Exchange.
About Courtney Cooke, (March 6 and 8 at 8pm)
Courtney Cooke's newest work "Steeper Beast" is a tightly structured improvisation exploring research in the body as a vessel for hypnotic states, trances, regressive behavior, relationships, and time travel. Performance and Collaboration by Courtney Cooke, Chuck Bourg, and Travis Sisk. Costume coordinator: Travis Sisk. Set Coordinator: Chuck Bourg.
Courtney Cooke is a choreographer, dancer, and teacher from Brooklyn, New York. Since 2007 her work has been presented throughout NYC and Brooklyn at Danspace Project, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Dixon Place, and The Tank among others. She has most recently danced for Niall Jones, Eleanor Smith, and Emily Wexler. Courtney works as a teaching artist in several public and private schools as well as programs for children with special needs.
About Katie Dean, (March 7 and 9 at 8pm)
Katie presents "Royal Jelly", an exploration of nostalgia, our collections, the Golden Record, symmetry, iPhones, lust and randomness. A Waiting for Godot-ish 20 or so minutes of the moments in between. Performed by Airin Dalton, Megan Harrold, and Nadia Tykulsker. Sound design created in collaboration with Heather Bregman. Set design in collaboration with Michael Drake.
Katie Dean (VA/NYC) is a performer and choreographer. Since moving to New York, she has danced for Rebekah Windmiller, Courtney Cooke, Megan Harrold, Shannon Hummel/Cora Dance, Nadia Tykulsker, and in collaborative performances with Heather Bregman. She has shown work at Movement Research at the Judson Church, Triskelion Arts, BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, extra extra gallery, Outpost Artist Resources, Wow Cafe, Dixon Place, and other spaces. She has been studying cosmology, dream symbols, and listening to music from high school. www.katiedeandance.com
photo by Kamau Studios.