Mapping & Glaciers Project

Under Construction.


Mapping & Glaciers.

Maps. People as Maps. Choreography as a Map. Geological maps. Boundraries, perceived and real. Shifting surfaces. Subterranean navigation. Ice. Water. Wind. Carbon. Altered landscapes. Physical. Mental. Emotional. Imaginary. Real. 


Pandemic Plans:  Due to COVID19, Karen Stokes Dance will not be premiering "Mapping & Glaciers" as planned in 2021. 

The premiere has been moved to March 2022.  Stay tuned.


Current activities include:

  • Development of video modules for Teaching Artists modules for a virtual Framing Dance Educational program.
  • Development of new dance for camera project involving Houston based murals
  • Development of projections and sound for Mapping & Glaciers



 In Memoriam of Vi Dieu 2020 

An essay by Karen Stokes about beloved KSD dancer Vi Dieu, who left us on August 5, 2020. 



September 27, 2020

Video shoot for project Mapping & Glaciers at the MATCH, originally slated to premiere as immersive performance in 2021.  Video shoot done with solo dancers and projections, conceived to be part of the projection aspect of project.


February 4-7, 2020

Karen Stokes Dance Discovery Series "Framing Dance" at Ziklha Hall, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts.  Special evening performance for families on Wednesday February 5.  For information about the Discovery Series: Discovery Series at theHobby Center.


For information about Framing Dance:  KSD Educational Programming.  Alonzo Moore joined KSD as our "master of ceremonies" for Framing Dance 2020.



October - December 2019

Artistic Director Karen Stokes develops site-specific film component for "Mapping & Glaciers" project, including location shoots in Iceland.


September 10, 2019

Artistic Director Karen Stokes joins Houston Grand Opera project "Exploring Your Creative Identity," a new adult learning experience for those 55+, a six week cours led by industry professionas are HGOco's Senior Educational Manager Alisa Magallon.  KSD is excited by the new collaborative relationship with Houston Grand Opera via "Exploring Your Creative Activity" & "Transforming Mind & Spirit." We look forward to future partnerships with HGOco.



August 25, 2019

Karen Stokes Dance at Theater District Open House, Zilkha Hall, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts.  KSD performs "Pedestrian Blues," a trio originally created for Houston Grand Opera project "Transforming the Mind & Spirit."  Mistress of Ceremonies for KSD Theater Day: Tonnie Walker Beck, Board Vice President for KSD.


May 20, 2019

Transforming Mind & Spirit

Ticket price:  $15 (Tickets available only through Houston Grand Opera - link provided below. No sales at door - please purchase by 4pm May 20.)
Location:  MATCH 4
3400 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002

DATE & TIME:  May 20 at 7pm


Houston Grand Opera brings together an eclectic group of artists, musicians and thought-leaders in spirituality and creativity for an interactive evening of live performance and art making, audience engagement and reflections about creativity through the lens of art & music, mysticism & spirituality, mental health, and science.

FOR INFO/TICKETS:  Houston Grand Opera Transforming Mind & Spirit


Anyang Anyang (Content manager and mind-body coach at Institute for Spirituality and Health at the Texas Medical Center) Alejandro Chaoul (Founding director of the Jung Center's Mind Body Spirit Institute), Marcela Descalzi & Houston Playback Theatre (Evolutionary ecologist, NVC practitioner, and member of Playback Theater), Mauro Ferrari (Nanotechnologist and Entrepreneur), GONZO247 (Artist and co-owner of Aerosol Warfare), Marlon Hall (Lecturing anthropologist, storyteller, graphic designer, and yogi), Nikki Hune (Artist and founder of What It's Like Project), Jeff Kripal (J. Newton Rayzor Chair in Philosophy and Religious Thought, Rice University), Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton (Executive director of VIP Arts Houston-poet, activist, and educator), Stuart Nelson (Vice president, Institute for Spirituality and Health, at the Texas Medical Center), John Price (Jungian psychologist and co-owner of the Center for the Healing Arts & Science), Juanita Rasmus (Pastor and spiritual director, St. John's United Methodist Church), Karen Stokes (Choreographer & Artistic Director of Karen Stokes Dance, Professor of Dance University of Houston), Patrick Summers (HGO artistic and music director Margaret Alkek Williams Chair)
Karen Stokes Dance joined by Dave Sharma, musician & composer.


January 15, 2019

Ruby Slippers Celebration

Off the Wall Art Gallery in the Galleria, Houston, TX.


Karen Stokes Dance performs site-duet for "Off the Wall Art Gallery" in Houston Galleria to celebrate their 40th year anniversary. 

Performers: Jerrica Mark and Bradley Bryan Peck.





Karen Stokes Dance 2019 projects were funded in part by the City of Houston and Houston Arts Alliance.

Iceland location shoot for "Mapping & Glaciers" funded in part by the University of Houston small grant program.

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

Karen Stokes Dance has been presenting original dance theater & educational programming in Houston Texas for over 20 years. 


Karen Stokes has been twice recognized as the "best choreographer in Houston" and received a Masterminds award from Houston Press. 

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