"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
Stephan Koplowitz, Lynn Lane, Rebecca Malcolm-Naib
Company Manager: Toni Valle
Administrative Assistant: Jerrica Mark
2020 Company members:
Brittany Bass, Vi Dieu, Gaby Luna, Jerrica Mark, Bryan Bradley Peck.
2020 Discovery Series Performers:
Brittany Bass, Vi Dieu, Bethany Garcia, Jerrica Mark, Derek Nicholson, Bryan Bradley Peck
with Alonzo Moore as the Master of Ceremonies.
2019 Teaching artists:
Brittany Bass, Liannet Madrazo, Ariel Montemayor, Bryan Peck.
EVENING LENGTH PROJECTS:
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.