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!


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).


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.



SMUT: An Unseemly Story (The Greening of Mrs. Donaldson)

SMUT: An Unseemly Story (The Greening of Mrs. Donaldson) Word for Word Performing Arts Company presents their first production of the 2017 Season, SMUT: An Unseemly Story (The Greening of Mrs. Donaldson) by Alan Bennett. The play is directed by Amy Kossow, a founding member of the Z Space Studio and a Charter Member of Word for Word. In The Greening of Mrs. Donaldson (first of the two novella-sized stories in Smut) a recently bereaved widow looks for ways to supplement her time and income.

Up to that point Mrs. Donaldson’s (Nancy Shelby) life has been mundane. She’s very reserved and her daughter doesn’t fall to far from the tree. After seeing a flyer for a job that requires no special skills and a good memory, she decides to apply. She ends up discovering her love for acting as a “patient performer” and unraveling a side of herself she didn’t know she had.

SMUT: An Unseemly Story (The Greening of Mrs. Donaldson)

The other piece of the puzzle involves a young couple Laura (Rose Hallett) and Andy (Andre Amarotico), to whom she rents her spare room. After days of avoiding her because the rent is late, they finally approach her with an indecent proposal. Can they provide her with a visual experience in lieu of rent? She agrees and a hilarious scene ensues with her at the couple’s bedside remembering chores and curiosity about positions her and her husband had never explored.

Her role-playing at the hospital becomes more facetious after the encounter with the youngins, and although the students find it nerve wrecking to find the right answers, they handle the unanticipated challenge successfully. They learn valuable lessons about assumptions. The program director, Dr. Duncan Ballantyne (Soren Oliver), is smitten with Mrs. Donaldson and is often shown acting awkwardly towards his crush. The audience is lead to a scenario of anticipation; will he ever have the courage to tell her his feelings?

SMUT: An Unseemly Story (The Greening of Mrs. Donaldson)

The play is hilarious and not just because of the storyline but the uniqueness of the script. The actors read out their emotions and stage directions. Try it; speak out your movements while you’re doing them. Silly right? Now, imagine it on stage during a play about a middle-aged widow discovering her sexuality. The great thing is, you don’t have to as the show will be going on until June 11th.

Dates: May 13 – Jun 11
Performances; Wednesday-Thursday 7 pm, Friday-Saturday 8 pm, Sunday 3 pm
Location: Z Below at 470 Florida St. San Francisco, CA
Cost: $20, $40-$60

Purchase: 415-626-0453 or at www.zspace.org
Running time: 1 hour 30 min, no intermission

This show contains suggestive material, which may not be suitable for children. Parental Guidance is suggested. On-stage Seating: For this production there is a special on-stage seating opportunity for four patrons at each performance.

Special Nights:
There will be a talkback with the cast and director on Wednesday, May 17 and Sunday, June 4 following the performance!