About Dancepatheatre

As of October 28, 2011, Dancepatheatre is on hiatus.

Dancepatheatre stands out for its emphasis of telling authentic personal stories, and in fusing spoken word and voice with dance throughout its body of work to highlight introspection, inclusiveness, and acceptance.  Based in Houston, Texas, it has also performed in Atlanta, Chicago, and in Louisiana.  In 2006 Dancepatheatre incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.


Dancepatheatre Founding Artistic Director

The vision of Artistic Director Sara Draper is to speak powerfully through dance theatre to move the human heart and to reveal meaningful perspectives of universal significance.  In 1999, after twenty-five years of teaching dance, choreographing, and performing in other modern dance companies, Artistic Director Sara Draper formed Dancepatheatre and dedicated it to creating original works of inspiring dance theatre for diverse audiences. Her hallmark of fusing personal authentic stories, spoken word and voice with modern dance produces powerful works with universal themes. Her work with the company attracts audience members from diverse social groups to share uplifting artistic experiences together.


Mission Statement

Dancepatheatre exists for the creation and performance of relevant, meaningful, and stimulating works of contemporary dance theatre.  Dancepatheatre seeks to enrich and uplift a diverse audience through inspiring performances of original works that illuminate our common humanity.

At Dancepatheatre performances, you can expect:
  • Dynamic modern and post-modern dance
  • Talented, multi-generational casts
  • Reflections of different cultures
  • Storytelling using authentic life stories
  • Spoken word in multiple languages
  • Original music
  • Striking visual imagery
  • Humor and social commentary
  • A diverse audience
  • To be entertained, moved, inspired, and uplifted

Dancepatheatre Important Works and Projects

Beyond The Molting Season, Big Range Dance Festival (2011)

And Then I Remember, collaboration with Opera Vista (2011)

Not, guest performance for Center for the Healing of Racism (2010)

Danceplorations, Talento Bilingue (2010)

Young Choreographer Mentoring Program (2010)

Letters You Wrote, collaboration with Foundation for Modern Music (2010)

The Al Andalus Project

  •    Scenes from Al Andalus, Houston Peace Festival (2010)
  •    Scenes from Al Andalus, Memories of Spain at Zilka Hall of the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts (2009)
  •    Al Andalus Tour, Louisiana (2008)
  •    Al Andalus! The Legend, Barnevelder Theater (2007)

The Cosmic Planetary Show, Young Audiences of Houston (2006-2010)

Memories of Spain, Zilkha Hall of the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts (2009)

Caution: Women at Work , collaboration with poet Donna Garrett, Barnevelder (2009)

Calves, MICS – A Weekend of Choreography at Sam Houston State University (2009)

Master Classes and Community Classes begin (2008)

The Desirability of Babies: A Landscape, Diverse Works (2007)

Legs, BRDF and A Weekend of Texas Contemporary Dance at Miller Outdoor Theatre (2006)

Body/Soul, collaboration with poet/performer Liz Gilbert, BRDF (2006)

Breasts X Censored, BRDF (2006)

Life Museum, Barnevelder Theater (2003)

Endangered Species, Dance Month at the Jewish Community Center (1999)

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