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Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Life + Arts

Dance featuring UH alums draws crowd to Discovery Green

Hundreds swamped around the pools of Discovery Green to view a series of water work dance installations Friday and Saturday. Both days, UH alumni and members of the Karen Stokes Dance Co. performed “Drench,” an ambivalent journey of sadness and joy through the water.

The eponymous director of the company and head of the UH Dance Program found the timing of the piece, which had already been commissioned before heavy storms barreled through Houston, appropriate.

“This past week, as I looked at the dancers walking in the water in rehearsals, I was reminded of the floods of last week,” Stokes said in a note published on her website. “The searching theme in the water seemed particularly relevant.  The whale cries give a haunting sense to this section, which helps me remember that all the life on our planet depends on water.”

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