choreography and direction by Cora Dance Artistic Director Shannon Hummel in collaboration with Cora Dance company members Katie Dean and Kelsey Kramer

original score by composer Hans Bilger

Scenic design and prop construction by Shannon Hummel
Scenic consultation by Scott Pfaffman

lighting design by Severn Clay-Youman

costume design and construction by Maria Kofman

Project Manager and Company Assistant: Nicole Assanti

Backstage Crew: Nicole Assanti, Nahisha McCoy, Henry Pires, Evangelina Vargas

A huge thank you to Chris Lucius and Treasure Island Storage


For press requests or booking information, email Nicole Assanti at or call 718-858-2520. 

gifts premiered Jan 22–26, 2019

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gifts is the latest site-based work by choreographer Shannon Hummel. In the 20th anniversary season of her company Cora Dance, Hummel pushes the limits of confinement and imagination, sequestering dancers and audience in an intensely isolated location – undisclosed until performance – to paint a harsh world where value is defined by circumstance. gifts calls into question whether persistent belief in future rewards is worth pushing through and dismissing the accessible pleasures of the present moment. A journey of textures, tastes, sounds, smells, and images – real and imagined – gifts is a frank look at a world absent of sensuality whose possibilities for rejuvenation are available only in the imagination.



Acclaim for Shannon Hummel/Cora Dance:


“The results are enormously sophisticated on several levels, from the nuanced gradations of feeling expressed—the choreography quivers with subtle emotions, like the writing of Virginia Woolf."

Village Voice

"Choreography as vivid and true as a Eudora Welty story."

The New York Times

Cora Dance is supported in part by funds from New York Urban League, the City of New York, and the Department of Youth and Community Development; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; public funds from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered in Kings County by Brooklyn Arts Council; and additional funds provided by ALLINBKLYN, the Office of Councilman Carlos Menchaca, The O'Connell Organization Family Foundation, Inc., the Michael Tuch Foundation, Tiger Baron Foundation, the Earlynn J. Miller Donor-Advised Fund of the Community Foundation of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, Omaha Community Foundation, The White Cedar Fund and the Meringoff Family Foundation and Cora's generous individual donors. Printed materials were made possible, in part, with funds from the Destination>Brooklyn Program, funded by the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President, Eric L. Adams and NYC & Company Foundation, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council; and with additional from SaveMor Digital Printing. Capital funds made possible by an anonymous donor, the Earlynn J. Miller Donor-Advised Fund of the Community Foundation of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, generous support of the Red Hook community and Cora's individual donors.