TRAVESTY DANCE GROUP was conceived in 1997 to support and produce the creative projects of its founding members, Kimberly Karpanty (CLEVELAND), Rebecca Malcolm-Naib (PHILADELPHIA) and Karen Stokes (HOUSTON). The company debuted at Case Western Reserve University’s Mather Dance Center in May 1997 and has since presented both evening-length and repertory work in Akron, Chicago, Cleveland, Houston, New York City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Seattle and abroad in Canada and Sweden. Travesty Dance Group has been called “imaginative,” “clever” and “amusing” by the Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail and “fresh and wacky” by Lisa Jo Sagolla of Backstage, New York.
In 2010 the co-founders decided to pursue separate missions. Stokes created a sister company in Houston, Karen Stokes Dance and Travesty Dance Group is now an Ohio company under the Artistic Direction of Karpanty. Malcolm-Naib serves as an advisor for both groups.
Learn more about Travesty Dance Group Cleveland’s Artistic Director, Kimberly Karpanty
MISSION: Enriched by collaborative process, Travesty Dance Group seeks to present original theatrical work that will engage and unite diverse populations and communities. The founders believe in dance as a basic human art, embracing both the complexities of contemporary society and the life affirming essence of movement. The fundamental hope of Travesty Dance Group is to create dance that rises above travesty to inspire and enlighten.