Since meeting at Kent State in 1996, Kimberly Karpanty, Rebecca Malcolm-Naib and Karen Stokes have been making movement together for their company, Travesty Dance Group. Whats the travesty, you ask? In their words, its partly the dearth of arts funding and partly dances peripheral place in society, but mostly its the fact that Karpanty lives in Cleveland, -Malcom-Naib lives in Philadelphia and Stokes lives in Houston. The result is that the trio is always trying something new. Case in point: Todays Portables, a collection of seven brand-new repertory works by the versatile Stokes, including the color-themed Orange and Transparent and a solo, Interlude 1, about loss and memory. Incorporating original music, poetry and a festival of balloons, the program may prompt Stokes and friends to change the name of the company. Maybe Must-See Dance? 7:30 p.m. today and tomorrow; 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby. For information, call 713-315-2525 or visit www.travestydancegroup.org. $26.50.
Dec. 11-12, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 13, 6:30 p.m., 2008