Kimberly Karpanty Performs at Cleveland Public Theatre's DanceWorks

School of Theatre and Dance professor Kimberly Karpanty will perform a self-choreographed solo work, MONSOON, at Cleveland Public Theatre's annual DanceWorks series of contemporary dance. MONSOON is produced by Karpanty's dance company, Travesty Dance Group.

MONSOON reveals parallels between the catastrophic storm and human experience, from exquisite pre-storm tranquility to whirling destruction and recovery. Created in Barcelona, Spain, MONSOON is a multidisciplinary, improvisational solo work choreographed and performed by Artistic Director Kim Karpanty in collaboration with media artist Tristán Pérez-Martín (Argentina) and performance artist Benedikte Esperi (Sweden).

Karpanty will perform MONSOON during Week #4 of DanceWorks, Thurs., June 6 through Sat., June 8 at 7:30 p.m. at Cleveland's Gordon Square Theatre.

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Karpanty and MONSOON were profiled on the Arts Air blog recently:


About Travesty Dance Group
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 original dance films, short repertory, and evening-length works throughout the United States and abroad in Brazil, Canada, Dubai, Germany, Macao, Portugal, Spain, 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.

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.


POSTED: Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 3:55pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 10:23am