Shannon Hummel is a choreographer, arts educator and the Founding Artistic Director of Shannon Hummel/Cora Dance. Driven to create access to the arts for all people, she opened The Cora Studio in Red Hook, Brooklyn in 2009 as a home for her professional company and Cora Dance.
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Hans Bilger is a bassist, songwriter, and composer originally from Brooklyn, NY. He grew up performing country and bluegrass music at local cafés and churches with his family band, the
Charismatic Megafauna. He later pursued formal training in jazz and classical music, studying
with Greg Cohen (Ornette Coleman, Tom Waits) and Axel Scherka of the Staatskapelle Berlin.
Since moving to Austin, Texas in 2016, he has spent his time performing, recording, and touring the US and Europe with the bands Odell Fox, Airborne Charlie, and various other projects. Bilger is currently recording a solo album—to be released in spring 2019—for the label Good Child Music in Brooklyn with engineer/producer Alessandra Roubini and GCM founder Lawson White.
Bilger is fascinated by the natural world as well as music. While studying biology at Yale University, he co-authored a study on aesthetic structure in birdsong with the evolutionary
ornithologist Dr. Richard Prum and wrote Aviary, a piece that uses songbird songs as raw
material for a series of improvisatory and through-composed movements. This fall, he joined the
labs of Drs. Julia Clarke and Michael Ryan at UT Austin to start a PhD on the evolution of bird
vocalization and auditory perception. This is his first collaboration with Cora.
Katie Dean is a performer and graphic designer. She has performed in New York with visual artists and choreographers Phoebe Berglund, Kim Brandt, Xavier Cha, Jessica Cook, Ayano Elson, Jennifer Harge, Megan Harrold/ Inimois Dance, Ivy Baldwin Dance, Julie Mayo, Melanie McLain, Phoebe Osborne, Shannon Hummel/ Cora Dance, Nadia Tykulsker, Hannah Walsh, and Rebekah Windmiller, in collaborative work with Heather Bregman, Jake Dibeler, and Alaina Stamatis, and in a video by Mia Lidofsky and Celia Rowlson-Hall. She has performed at spaces including MOMA PS1, the Guggenheim Museum, the New Museum, the Jam Handy (Detroit), the Queens Museum, and other spaces, and has performed her own work in Philly and New York. Her work can be found at katiedeanperformance.com.
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Maria Kofman is a Brooklyn based costume designer and multi-media artist. She has shown work at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and the 41 Cooper Square Gallery in New York City and appeared in performances at the Dixon Placed Theater, 41 Cooper Square Gallery and 7 East 7th Street in NYC.
Severn Clay-Youman is an architect living and practicing in Brooklyn. A former dancer, he brings to his work both a sense of theatricality and improvisation but also the experience of a life spent working in the arts. He is a graduate of Oberlin College and Pratt Institute. He has taught architecture in CUNY's Architectural Technology program, and has been an invited juror at Pratt Institute, CUNY and Rutgers. He is the founder and principal of Civic Architecture Workshop, an architecture firm based in Gowanus, Brooklyn that specializes in spaces for working artists.
Kelsey Kramer is a Brooklyn-based mover, maker, administrator, and dance advocate. Originally from Virginia, Kelsey holds a B.A. in Dance and Communications from James Madison University. Since moving to New York, Kelsey has worked with choreographers and artists LuisaInnesFree Dance, Emily Kohl Mattingley, KIT District, Eric Gotshall, and Shannon Hummel/Cora Dance. Kelsey is half of JACKS - a moving, making duo with collaborator Lexie Thrash. The two recently collaborated on a film which premiered in November 2018 with artists Allistair Johnson, Emily Kohl Mattingley, Mika Mintz, and Amber Schmeissing. Currently, she works as Program Associate at the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Change at the 92nd Street Y and is a member of Dance/NYC's Junior Committee (JComm).
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Nicole Assanti is a Brooklyn-based dance artist. She has a BFA in Dance from the University of Florida, where she studied with artists such as Tzveta Kassabova, Nita Little, Pat Graney, and raja feather kelly. In 2015, she was the Choreographer-in-Residence at the Harn Museum of Art in Gainesville, Florida, where she made dances in conversation with the museum’s collections and unique architecture. Since living in New York, Nicole has performed works by JoAnna Mendl Shaw and Brit Falcon, among other artists. She has been a Teaching Artist at BAX| Brooklyn Arts Exchange for their Youth Arts Program, and has taught at Cora Dance. Nicole is currently Company Assistant for Shannon Hummel, and a Resident Artist at Cora Dance in Red Hook. She creates movement-based work with her company Nikki and The Noise. Nikki and The Noise has been presented in venues such as Center for Performance Research, Triskelion Arts, and Cora Dance. Most recently, Nicole co-directed and choreographed Corina Corina’s ‘Toothbrush’ music video. Nicole continues to create work with Nikki and The Noise, in addition to collaborating with local artists.