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14th annual transgender and queer performance festival


Thursday-Saturday June 18-20, 2015
*ASL interpretation provided Fri June 19 *

All shows at 8pm

Z Space
450 Florida Street(between 17th Street and Mariposa, San Francisco) [Map]

$15-25 sliding scale at


Soul-stirring opera by Breanna Sinclaire
Gender-bending acapella boy band The Singing Bois
Colombian Folkloric dance by Colombian Soul
Super-smart, sassy humorist Natasha Muse
Folk-seductress singer-songwriter Shawna Virago
San Francisco’s Best Dance Company” (SF Weekly)  Sean Dorsey Dance
North American Same-Sex Ballroom champions Robbie Tristan & Ernesto Palma

…and many more!



Nightly after-parties in the lobby with DJ Miz Rowdy, Fresh Meat photo-booth, drinks & dancing!


THE FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL is the nation’s premiere transgender and queer performance festival. Outrageously popular, artistically outstanding, and always delicious, advance tickets are recommended for this popular event.

Special guests top a spectacular lineup including Sean Dorsey Dance, Breanna Sinclaire, The Singing Bois, Robbie Tristan & Ernesto Palma, Natasha Muse, Shawna Virago and more! All artists perform every night.

Don’t miss this 3-nights-only event! A gala reception with DJ Miz Rowdy, photo booth, drinks and dancing follows the show each night. More info at:

ACCESS NOTES: Z Space is a wheelchair accessible theater. Bathrooms are wheelchair accessible and will be made gender-neutral / welcoming of all genders. Friday June 19 performance will be ASL interpreted by Andres Campos; reserved ASL seating will be available. If you have questions or would like to request ASL reserved seating on Friday June 19, please email:


By Sean Dorsey Dance

THE MISSING GENERATION is a new dance-theater work that gives voice to longtime survivors of the early AIDS epidemic. This powerful show is a love letter to a forgotten generation of survivors – those who witnessed and experienced the loss of part of an entire generation of gay and transgender people to AIDS in the 1980s and 1990s.

Sean Dorsey created the work over a 2-year period by conducting oral history interviews with longtime survivors of the early AIDS epidemic, doing archival research, and hosting Community Residencies in 6 cities across the US. Read more about “The Missing Generation LGBT/AIDS Oral History Project”. 

THE MISSING GENERATION features full-throttle dance, luscious partnering, intimate storytelling and theater – performed by Dorsey’s stellar, multi-generational ensemble of dancers: Sean Dorsey, Brian Fisher, ArVejon Jones and Nol Simonse. Sean Dorsey is an award-winning transgender and queer choreographer who has toured his work to 25 cities across the US.

Dorsey created a lush multi-layered soundscore featuring the voices and remarkable real-life stories recorded in these oral history interviews, Dorsey’s own writing, and original music from a stellar team of composers: Alex Kelly, Jesse Olsen Bay, Ben Kessler, and Jeffrey Alphonsus Mooney.

From 2015-2017, THE MISSING GENERATION will tour to 20 cities across the US during week-long Community Residencies that will feature community conversations; master classes; free trans-friendly dance workshops; “Dance Your Story” self-expression workshops for LGBTQ people and people living with HIV/AIDS; and other custom-designed residency activities.

To get tour dates, check out Tour Info below, or visit our Calendar Page to learn about our upcoming tours and Community Residencies. Join our email list to receive upcoming news about our performances, tours and teaching.

THE MISSING GENERATION national tour will include: Bates Dance Festival (Lewiston), Dance Place (Washington DC), 7 Stages (Atlanta), The Theater Offensive (Boston), The Kelly-Strayhorn Theater (Pittsburgh), Young Auditorium (Whitewater, Wisconsin), Maui Arts & Cultural Center (Maui), Out In The Tropics (Miami), Smith College (Northampton) and many others.

Email our Tour Manager at with performance/residency booking inquiries for THE MISSING GENERATION.

If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation toward this groundbreaking project, please contact our Production Coordinator: or make a donation online.

THE MISSING GENERATION is being created with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, National Dance Project, New England Foundation for the Arts, National Performance Network, Kenneth Rainin Foundation, San Francisco Arts Commission, Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, Queer Cultural Center (San Francisco), Bates Dance Festival (Lewiston), Dance Place (Washington DC), 7 Stages (Atlanta), The Theater Offensive (Boston), and generous individual donors.

THE MISSING GENERATION – Community Sponsors:
The GLBT Historical SocietyTGI Justice Project (TGIJP)The Shanti ProjectOpenhouseNational AIDS Memorial GroveBay Area Young Positives, Inc.San Francisco AIDS FoundationLavender Youth Recreation & Information Center (LYRIC)​



THE MISSING GENERATION is available for tour bookings during 2015-2017: tours include a range of Community Engagement Residency activities. Contact us with booking inquiries. Follow us as we tour: Join our email list.


Bates Dance Festival
(Lewiston, ME)
July 16 & 18, 2015
Schaeffer Theater (7:30pm)

June 26-July 17, 2015
Dorsey teaches daily classes
Young Auditorium
(Whitewater, WI)
October 11-14, 2015
The Theater Offensive
(Boston, MA)
October 19-25, 2015
7 Stages
(Atlanta, GA)
February 15-21, 2016
Dance Place
(Washington DC)
March 28-April 3, 2016
Kelly-Strayhorn Theater
(Pittsburg, PA)
April 4-10, 2016
Highways Performance Space
(Santa Monica, CA)
May 2016
Smith College
(Northampton, MA)
Fall 2016
Maui Arts & Cultural Center
(Maui, HI)
November 2016
Additional cities and dates to be announced...





2014 Isadora Duncan Dance Awards

“an epic work … powerful, moving, hilarious”
(Miami Herald)

“evocative, compelling, elegant”
(LA Weekly)

“trailblazing … powerful”
(Boston Bay Windows)

“poignant…heartbreak and eloquence”
(San Francisco Chronicle)

“wonderfully imaginative and powerful”
(The Advocate)

“inspired…charming, chilling, heart-rending”
(Miami Sun Post)

(SF Weekly)

ON TOUR NOW! After sold-out audiences and standing ovations in cities across the US, The Secret History Of Love continues its 20-city national tour. The Secret History Of Love was recently awarded a Special Achievement Award at the 2014 Isadora Duncan Dance Awards. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the award-winning work of Sean Dorsey Dance! Follow us as we tour: Join our email list. Booking inquiries are welcome through 2015.

The Secret History Of Love reveals the underground ways that LGBT people managed to survive and find love in decades past, despite tremendous obstacles. 1920′s speakeasies, wartime love affairs, police raids and steamy underground cabarets explode onstage in this powerful work by transgender trailblazer Sean Dorsey.

Dorsey created The Secret History Of Love through a 2-year LGBT Elders Oral History Project. The Secret History Of Love features the voices and remarkable real-life stories Dorsey recorded in these oral history interviews – along with powerful, moving and hilarious episodes from the LGBT community’s history of finding love and community, against enormous odds.

The Secret History Of Love features full-throttle dancing, riveting storytelling, luscious partnering, highly-physical theater and first-hand tales of tremendous risk, passionate love, impossible courage, heart-breaking loss, and bold resistance –revealing the great resiliency and strength of the human heart … even in the face of great danger and devastating violence.

The Secret History Of Love features a stellar cast of performers: Sean Dorsey, Juan De La Rosa, Brian Fisher, Nol Simonse and special musical guest Shawna Virago.

Dorsey says, “These stories belong to all of us, this is our shared history – everyone can relate to these profound, moving stories of love and perseverance.”
“The secret of Secret History is that it’s about all of us:
our vulnerability, our deep need to connect and the risks we take to do so,
how we’re all in the same rickety little boat, hoping to navigate to safe harbor.
It’s also about well-constructed dance, compelling storytelling,
and laugh-out-loud humor.”
(In Dance)
“the most imaginative and intriguing dance artist in the Bay Area” (Bay Area Reporter)
“exquisite…poignant and important” (BalletTanz)
The Secret History Of Love features original music by Jesse Olson Bay, Storm Miguel Florez, Alex Kelly, Ben Kessler, Jeffrey Alphonsus Mooney and Ramon and Jessica. Lighting Design by Clyde Sheets, Costume Design by Tiffany Amundson, Sound Engineering/Mixing by Laura Dean, Technical Direction by Emily Paulson.

The Secret History Of Love is available for tour bookings in 2014 and 2015: tours include a range of Community Engagement Residency activities. Contact us with booking inquiries. Follow us as we tour: Join our email list

  • Saturn Rising

  • Sean Dorsey Dance

  • Ernesto Palma and Robbie Tristan

  • Las Bomberas de la Bahia

  • Shawna Virago

  • Maikaze Daiko

  • Annie Danger

  • Cohdi Harrell

  • Star Amerasu

  • Katastrophe

With his signature fusion of modern dance, storytelling and theater, Sean Dorsey is blazing a trail celebrated by critics and sold-out audiences alike. As the nation’s first transgender modern dance choreographer, Dorsey has been named “San Francisco’s Best Dance Company” (SF Weekly) and named in the nation’s “Top 25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine. Dorsey has been awarded three Isadora Duncan Dance Awards, the Goldie Award for Performance, national commissions, and praise from New York to Los Angeles.

Sean Dorsey Dance is the resident dance company of Fresh Meat Productions. Fresh Meat Productions is an award-winning San Francisco non-profit arts organization that creates, presents and tours year-round transgender arts programs. Founded in 2002, Fresh Meat Productions’ programs include Sean Dorsey Dance, the popular annual Fresh Meat Festival of transgender and queer performance, and media arts events. Learn more at

Read more about Sean Dorsey

The Secret History Of Love is presented by Fresh Meat Productions and was created with generous support from the Queer Cultural Center, The New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project (with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation), the Creative Work Fund (a program of the Walter and Elise Haas Fund supported by generous grants from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and The James Irvine Foundation), the National Performance Network’s Creation Fund and Performance Residencies, the San Francisco Arts Commission, The Theater Offensive (Boston), and Links Hall (Chicago).