Maravilloso! The Water Festival

Maravilloso! The Water Festival

Maravilloso! 2015: The Water Festival


Discovery Green welcomes the return of Maravilloso! A contemporary circus and dance event featuring talent from all over the world and from Houston. The two-day event returns as a Water Festival on June 5-6, 2015 with a graceful performance on Kinder Lake created by Belgium's artistic company Chanson d'Eau

Three Houston dancers Catalina Alexandra, Kristen Frankiewicz, and Michelle Mayo will perform on Chanson d'Eau's glowing flowers floating on Kinder Lake to original music. Art and music created by Belgian artist Yaso Romero Fernandes. The festival will also include a new commissioned dance performance celebrating water, called "DRENCH," by Karen Stokes Dance

Karen Stokes Dance is a non-profit dance company that has been producing original dance-theater in Houston since 1999.  During this time, KSD has performed in New York City, Toronto, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Dallas, Kaarlstad (Sweden), and in Houston, Texas.  In 2014, Karen Stokes was named number one choreographer by the Houston Press in their Top Ten Houston Choreographers list. In 2013, Houston Press awarded Karen Stokes with a Masterminds Award, the first contemporary dance company in Houston to receive this recognition for innovation in the arts.

At Maravilloso, the audience is welcome to take pictures in front of an installation of paper flowers created at "Blooms Workshops" by the community representative of Houston’s diverse culture. The flower workshops will take place leading up to the weekend event. Paper artist Balushka leads the Blooms workshops on Tuesday, June 2 and Wednesday, June 3 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Origami artist Kyle Fu leads the Blooms workshops on Thursday, June 4; 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Friday, June 5 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. These workshops, and the performances are free and open to the public. 

Maravilloso! Performance times:
Friday, June 5
  • 6:30-7:30 p.m. - Blooms Workshop
  • 8 p.m. - Chanson d'eau performance
  • 8:30 p.m. - "Drench" by Karen Stokes Dance Co. 
  • 9 p.m. - Chanson d'eau performance

Saturday, June 6
  • 4 p.m. - Chanson d'eau, a close-up performance for kids
  • 8 p.m. - Chanson d'eau performance 
  • 8:30 p.m. - "Drench" by Karen Stokes Dance Co. 
  • 9 p.m. - Chanson d'eau performance 

Maravilloso! and its related workshops are FREE to the public. Blankets, lawn chairs and picnics are welcome; food, beer and wine are available at the Lake House. No glass containers or outside alcoholic beverages, please. 

Maravilloso! is made possible by grants from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Kinder Foundation

MARAVILLOSO 2014: Contemporary Circus

The inaugural event in July 2014 brought thousands of spectators to the free, two-day event that featured special performances by Barolosolo Cirkus Company, Houston’s own Cirque La Vie, and FrenetiCore Dance Company. Audiences enjoyed Barolosolo’s performance of ”ile O,” group acrobatics and contortionists from Cirque La Vie, and fearless dance theater from FrenetiCore. 

The July 2014 circus was produced by Discovery Green Conservancy, with the support of the Houston Arts Alliance, Institut Français and the Cultural Service of the French Consulate in Houston. 

Pictured below: DRENCH by Karen Stokes Dance. Photo by Lynn Lane.