SF – SEAN DORSEY DANCE Launches 15th Anniversary Season

SeanDorsey_15thAnniversary_photo1LydiaDanillerSEAN DORSEY DANCE celebrates 15 years of award-winning dance performances, cultural activism and history-making achievements with a return engagement of, “Boys in Trouble” at Z Space (March 14-16) – along with a 20-city U.S. tour, a full-length documentary, the 18th annual “Fresh Meat Festival” of transgender and queer performance (June 20-22, San Francisco), and other celebratory achievements.

“Fifteen years ago, I never could have imagined that I would become the first U.S. transgender artist to be presented by The Joyce Theater, or that Sean Dorsey Dance would tour with such warm reception to 30 other leading venues across the country” said Sean Dorsey. “Our home season in San Francisco launches not only a celebration of our artistic legacy, but it is a look forward to the radical expansion of our national trans-supportive education, engagement and advocacy work that Bay Area audiences have embraced since day one.” Dorsey continued, “Our mission for the next 15 years begins in 2019 – a critical time when trans communities are facing escalating attacks across the nation.”

SEAN DORSEY (founder and artistic director, Sean Dorsey Dance) is an award-winning San Francisco-based choreographer, dancer, writer and trans activist. Recognized as the nation’s first critically-acclaimed transgender choreographer in modern dance, Dorsey has toured his work to 30 U.S. cities and abroad.

You don’t want to miss your chance to catch these exciting events!

“BOYS IN TROUBLE”

SeanDorseyDance_BOYS_IN_TROUBLE_2_photobyLydiaDaniller“Boys in Trouble” is a timely and urgent commentary on contemporary masculinity. The work places a trans and queer lens onto intersectional questions of embodiment, violence, Black queer love, whiteness, shame and posturing. The award-winning, multi-generational SEAN DORSEY DANCE ensemble (Sean Dorsey, Brian Fisher, ArVejon Jones, Nol Simonse, Will Woodward) performs this intensely athletic work with gusto – moving seamlessly between full-throttle dancing, live speaking and intimate storytelling.

Performances: March 14-16, Z Space (450 Florida Street, SF), four performances only.

(Thursday evening 8 PM; Friday evening 8 PM; Saturday 4 PM matinee with ASL interpretation; Saturday evening 8 PM – gala performance followed by champagne toast and reception with SEAN DORSEY DANCE.)

Tickets: $15-$30. 

More Info:  http://SeanDorseyDance.com/Boys-in-Trouble/ 

“Boys in Trouble” was recently nominated for two regional 2019 Isadora Duncan Dance Awards (Best Company Performance; Best Music/Sound/Text).

18th ANNUAL “FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL” (June 20-22)

Sean Dorsey curates the highly-anticipated “Fresh Meat Festival” of transgender and queer performance in San Francisco, performing June 20-22. Now in its 18th year with an international following, the annual three-day festival of live dance, theater, spoken word and music will present 12 gender-nonconforming, transgender and queer artists and ensembles from across the U.S. (SEAN DORSEY DANCE performs at the festival each night.)

Performances: June 20-22, Z Space (450 Florida Street, SF).
*ASL interpretation provided on 6/21 & 6/22 *
* Gala Performance & Reception Sat June 22*

Tickets: $15+ sliding scale. 

More Info: http://freshmeatproductions.org/

Upcoming – Documentary

Sean Dorsey himself is the subject of an upcoming  documentary directed by Annalise Ophelian and StormMiguel Florez. Annalise is also the director of the documentary “MAJOR!” about Miss Major, the pioneering elder black transwoman and activist. It was an official selection at 60 film festivals worldwide and garnered more than 20 awards for best documentary. We’re looking forward to seeing the result of this collaboration.

 

SeanDorseyDance_BoysInTrouble_2_PhotoByKeganMarling

Riverdance 20th Anniversary Tour

Photographer: Rob McDougal

Photographer: Rob McDougal

You have until November 8th to check out the 20th anniversary show of Riverdance at SHN Golden Gate Theatre. The popular show comes from a sold out run across Europe and Asia. Over 20 dancers bring this show to life including an Irish troupe, Flamenco and Urban dancers. Not many people seem to know this as its not emphasized in its advertising.

The show began on February 9,1995 at the Point Theatre in Dublin and has kept audiences dancing and clapping ever since. Riverdance also has segments showcasing the musicians instead of hiding them in an orchestra pit. They interact with the audience and dancers adding another magical element to it.

Photographer: Rob McDougal

Photographer: Rob McDougal

The repetitiveness of the Irish troupe can start to feel monotonous to some but the flamenco and urban dancers help break it up. In the urban scene there are also comical moments and a little friendly competition among the characters. The audience ate it up and laughed the whole way through. The immigrant story is woven in, as Art is the best way to express the ups and downs of moving from one place to the next. It’s a show you should definitely experience at least once, especially if you love dance.

Photographer: Jack Hartin

Photographer: Jack Hartin

RIVERDANCE – THE 20th ANNIVERSARY WORLD TOUR is composed by Bill Whelan, produced by Moya Doherty and directed by John McColgan.

Tickets: https://www.shnsf.com/

Don’t live in the Bay Area? Check out the full U.S. tour schedule: http://riverdance.com/tours/usa/

International Dance Day

Some inspiration to get you up on your feet. Express yourself through dance!

This 3-year will move you in more ways than one. His dream is to make people happy because he’s happy.

You’re never too old to hit the beat.

When your team scores and you can’t contain yourself.

Sometimes you just need to show off your dancing skills at work.

Do you hear that bass mom?

No dance partner, no problem! Dance and they will come.

Baltimore Protester turns to music. Just Beat it!

Wedding speech breaks out into Britney, Better Work Bitch

When you get challenged and bust out your best moves.

Learn a thing or two from this adorable Chihuahua