Karen Stokes: Artistic Director, Karen Stokes Dance (formerly Travesty Dance Group), Head of the Dance Division, University of Houston

“It’s been said that the university ranks as one of the chief supporters of the arts in the United States. With the migration of more and more working choreographers into university environments, it’s clear that artists are able to continue to create both inside and outside of these institutions. While the halls of academia offer some distinct advantages, most particularly to oft-itinerant and nearly always-struggling dance artists, other challenges and demands can sap their time and energy in their new environment. For this special Dance/USA report, I spoke with six choreographers navigating the academic terrain about both the rewards and sacrifices they face in giving up some independence for the Ivy Tower.”

Read the full report to learn more about UH’s Karen Stokes and her artistic life in academia here Safe House: Dancing in the Ivory Tower, Part 1, by Nancy Wozny.

Art, Community & Activism

The Walker Art Center continues the tradition of supporting the most significant visual, performing, and media artists of our time.  Susy Bielak, Walker associate director of education, talks with Marc Bamuthi Joseph and Theaster Gates about their work together and individually, what it means to be an activist who’s also an artist, and the far-flung networks of people who figure in red, black & GREEN: a blues. Click here to read My Hand or My Voice, Marc Bamuthi Joseph and Theaster Gates on Art, Community, and Activism.

AUDITION NOTICE FOR DANCERS – performers will be compensated

 Stephan Koplowitz’
NATURAL ACTS/ ARTIFICIAL WATER

site-specific performances

Calling adventurous dancers who are technically trained in contemporary movement, skilled in various improvisation practices, partnering and have experience in developing process based work for alternative spaces…

OPEN CALL

Wed, Jan. 25, 6-10 pm
Barnevelder Movement Arts Complex,
2201 Preston St.

The commitment includes:

Rehearsal Residencies:Thu-Mon, March 8-12 & Sat – Fri, May 12-18 
Performances: May 19 & 20

Please RSVP to sixto@diverseworks with a CV and bring a hard copy to audition.

Head first: How dance gets made

 

Molly Glentzer writes for chron.com about Secondary Colors,  a new collaboration presented by the Mitchell Center and Karen Stokes Dance  with composer Bill Ryan. The piece contains three dances – Green,Orange and Purple, the first two of which are older restructured work, all tied together with Ryan’s music and new costumes.

 

 

Life Is Living Graffiti Battle – Oakland 2009

Got Skills? Marc Bamuthi Joseph Does

This is a taste of Bamuthi’s work, not to be missed in NYC from 9/23/2008 – 9/27/2008. Part of the HHTF Festival and presented by the Skirball Center @ NYU. Visit www.myspace.com/bamuthi for more info! Shot by Greg Landua for the University of Wisconsin Madison’s Office of Multicultural Education & Initiatives (OMEI).