"Planets and galaxies appear on the backdrop and Stokes brings us to a point of wonder in the final movements of the evening. The immense projections are both aspirational and calls into question our small lives. The dancers gesture upward in awe while bending under the weight of such knowledge. The ghost passes through. The Battle of San Jacinto and star travel are in dialog. They are not separate but on a continuum, sharing space, if not time."   Neil Ellis Orts on "DEEP: Seaspace."

Karen Stokes Dance is a non-profit dance company. 

 

Since 1998, Karen Stokes has created twelve evening length productions in addition to over 45 repertory (short program) works.  Her work emphasizes quirky movement invention, strong rhythmic connections, text, original vocals, and concepts of individuality within a community.  Over the last several years, Stokes has explored creating video projection as an integrated part of her live theatrical productions. Stokes also has created several dance for camera projects and site specific performances. In all three enviroments of stage, film, and site; Stokes works strongly within setting a time and place, whether imaginary or real.

 

Further background about the history of KSD:  In 1997, Stokes co-founded Travesty Dance Group with colleagues Kimberly Karpanty & Rebecca Malcolm-Naib in Cleveland, Ohio. The group worked extensively together co-producing original work by the founders nationally from 1997-2009, with performances in Seattle, Toronto, Philadelphia, Houston, Cleveland, and NYC. In June 2011, the Travesty Dance Group in Houston (under the direction of Karen Stokes) transitioned to Karen Stokes Dance. Travesty Dance Group in Cleveland continues a strong relationship with KSD as a "sister" company, under the direction of Kimberly Karpanty.

 

Stokes has an MFA in choreography from UCLA, and a BFA in dance from Ohio State University. Stokes can also be found at the University of Houston, where she is a Professor and Director of the Dance Program.

 

KSD BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

 

President:  Agelia Perez Marquez

Vice-President: Tonnie Walker-Beck

Treasurer:  Erica Okoronkwo 

Secretary:  Lidney Molnari

Suzann Broesche

Ashley Crouse

Steve McNamara

Buddy Steves

Karen Stokes

Roberta Stokes

 

ADVISORY BOARD:

Stephan Koplowitz, Lynn Lane, Rebecca Malcolm-Naib

 

STAFF:

Company Manager:  Toni Valle

Administrative Assistant:  Jerrica Mark

 

2018 Company members:

Brittany Bass, Yahudi Castaneda, Vi Dieu, Gaby Luna, Jerrica Mark, Bryan Bradley Peck.

 

EVENING LENGTH PROJECTS:

  • X20, 2017, The MATCH, Houston
  • DEEP: Seaspace, 2016, Zilkha Hall Hobby Center for Performing Arts, Houston
  • Sunset at White Oak Bayou, 2015, Downtown Houston at White Oak Bayou
  • Dance Flim & Conversation, 2014, The Barn, Houston
  • Vine Leaf Dances, 2012, Barnevelder Theater Houston
  • The Secondary Colors, 2011, Zilkha Hall Hobby Center for Performing Arts, Houston
  • Framing Dance, 2007-2013,  Hobby Center for Performing Arts Houston
  • The Recycle Club, 2009, Barnevelder Theater Houston
  • Portables, 2008, Hobby Center for Performing Arts Houston
  • Bad Q! and other strange maNEWvers, 2007, Barnevelder Theater Houston
  • HOMETOWN, 2006 & 2003, Hobby Center for Performing Arts & Barnevelder Theater Houston
  • Pronoun Pieces, 2005, Barnevelder Theater, Houston

"What emerges in the end is the striking sense of individuality, as if Stokes has studied each person closely and made a hundred solos that,

when performed simultaneously, look like an ensemble."   Theodore Bale on "The Secondary Colors".

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