"Any kind of sell-out for modern dance is an accomplishment," says Karen Stokes, whose "modern dance musical," Hometown, packed the house at its premiere performances in 2003. Makes sense that Houstonians would love it; the show not only features an all-star cast of local dancers (working as the Travesty Dance Group), it's also all about Texas. So choreographer-director-composer Stokes has resurrected the show, which uses Texan stories, poems and original songs to explore Houston's history, from cowboy boots to space suits. Dancers including Toni Valle, Brent Smith and Leslie Scates engage in movement that Stokes describes both as "flowing and full-bodied" and "quirky, sharp and percussive." A feat, considering the dancers are also singing a cappella. Wait â dancers, singing? "I don't tell them when I hire them," Stokes jokes.
March 3-4, 7:30 p.m.