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Upcoming Shows

Karen Stokes Dance



Karen Stokes Dance (formerly Travesty Dance Group) has performed 6 original evening lengths and over 25 repertory works by Karen Stokes in the last 12 years. Stokes’ choreography ranges in theatricality, often blending text, song, and dance to create works that touch on human themes of humor, loss, and community. The company is known for taking delight in quirky athletic movement, rhythmic body percussion, joyful abandon, and strong musicality. This company resonates with dance experts and newcomers alike! Karen Stokes Dance has been a non-profit since 2002.

2017 - 2018 Season

Framing Dance, A Discovery Series”: February 7-10, 2017: KSD presents their student show Framing Dance at the Zilkha Hall.

What the critics say:

"In Houston, it's Karen Stokes who comes to mind as an artist tightly tied to Texas.  I named Stokes a choreographer of "place" over a decade ago when she created Hometown, her choral/kinetic poem to the Bayou City...She is not only the choreographer of Houston, but on Houston." Texas Arts and Culture, 2015

"The most adventurous, if not specatcular, work this year from a Houston-based choreographer was the premiere of Karen Stokes and Bill Ryan's The Secondary Colors in October at The Hobby Center. Culture Map, 2011

“Karen Stokes is down with a video camera, is a wiz at Home Economics (check out those cool, grunge Renaissance Faire gowns and corsets in Distreston), loves to sing in a Laurie Anderson kind of way, and has more quirky moves than a guilty student caught by the principal . . . she is ripe with fun . . . the evening passed by in a blink, which says something lovely about the pleasantness of the enterprise.”Dance Source Houston 2008

For more information please see www.karenstokesdance.org.