DEEP: Seaspace 2014-2016

The culminating performance for the "DEEP: Seaspace" project will happen at the Hobby Center for Performing Arts, Zilkha Hall, October 20-22, 2016, at 8pm.


Karen Stokes Dance presents “DEEP: Seaspace” October 20-22, 2016 at 8:00pm at
the Hobby Center for Performing Arts, Zilkha Hall. “DEEP: Seaspace” is the culminating
performance of a multi-year initiative inspired by the history and landmarks of the City of Houston.  The evening length live performance will explore Houston for two if its defining industries: sea and space.


KSD has commissioned a music/soundscape by nationally known composer, Bill Ryan, who
collaborated with Stokes in 2011 for “The Secondary Colors.” Ryan’s music and repertoire has
continued to garner national attention: “Rarely has music this earthy been so elegant, and not
since the works of Elliott Carter (whose music Ryan's in no way resembles) has a composer
fashioned so many facets of his own personality into what is obviously a conversation between
musical characters”(Gramophone Magazine). Ryan has selected an all-star cast of musicians to
bring his music to life: Michael Lowenstern, Todd Meehan, Doug Perkins, and Todd Reynolds.
“DEEP: Seaspace” also includes lighting design by nationally renown designer Kevin Rigdon who has been honored with two Tony Award nominations and four Drama Desk Awards, among others.  To read full press release, click here.


OCTOBER 18, 2015:  "Sunset at White Oak," a site-specific dance performance with 21 performers and music by Brad Sayles, played live by  the Heights 5 Brass. Review on Sunset at White Oak Bayou.   "Sunset at White Oak Bayou" was supported through the Innovation Grants program of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, which is funded in Part by the Houston Endowment, Inc.


April 26, 2015: "Backstage at Allen's Landing" was a series of nine-performance based installations in collaboration with students participating in a Site-Performance class at the University of Houston


Fall 2014:  KSD premiered the film and dance project, "1836/Channel" inspired by the Santa Anna Capture Site and the Houston Ship Channel.  "1836/Channel" honors the 100 year Centennial of the Port of Houston Authority.


"Channel/1836" is part of the DEEP: Seaspace Initiative. Photo Lynn Lane.

KSD is a 501c3 non-profit company, and all donations are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

Karen Stokes named

Best Choreographer in Houston by Houston Press in 2014 & 2015.

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