. The two-parter, choreographed and directed by Stokes, celebrates human exploration and innovation through two of the city’s defining institutions, moving from the industrialism and man-made ingenuity of the Houston Ship Channel in Sea
, to NASA and “the sense of awe and wonder that you can have when you look up at the stars and think about the universe” in Space
. 8 p.m. October 20, 21 and 22. The Hobby Center, 800 Bagby. For information, call 713-315-2525 or visit karenstokesdance.org
. $15 to $38.50.
DEEP: Seaspace fuses history, dance, and music through the lens of two iconic Houston enterprises: The Houston Ship Channel and NASA. While Sea speaks to the pioneering spirit of the founding of Houston along the banks of Buffalo Bayou and the formation of the Houston Ship Channel, Space is inspired by Houston's stronghold in space exploration and human achievement. Celebrating Houston's unique heritage and Texas' pioneer spirit, DEEP: Seaspace investigates the core of human progress and the desire to explore the mystery of the universe and forge a better tomorrow. Directed and choreographed by Karen Stokes, DEEP: Seaspace includes an original score by composer Bill Ryan. Karen Stokes Dance company members will perform to the score, played live by an all-star cast of musicians: Michael Lowenstern, Todd Meehan, Doug Perkins, and Todd Reynolds.
When dance-maker Karen Stokes eliminated a section on the Houston Ship Channel from a 2003 program, she had no idea if she’d ever return to the subject. Not only did she revisit it, she turned it into a three-year initiative that culminates with