Artistic Director Sean Dorsey


Photo by Lydia Daniller

named in
DANCE MAGAZINE’S 25 TO WATCH

awarded
3 ISADORA DUNCAN DANCE AWARDS

named
SAN FRANCISCO’S BEST DANCE COMPANY
(SF Weekly)

“trailblazing”   
(San Francisco Chronicle)

“exquisite…poignant and important”
(BalletTanz)

“breathtaking beauty”
(Bay Times)

“evocative, compelling, elegant”
(LA Weekly)

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

Sean Dorsey is the founder and Artistic Director of Fresh Meat Productions. Dorsey is an award-winning San Francisco-based choreographer, dancer and writer. Recognized as the U.S.’ first acclaimed transgender modern dance choreographer, Dorsey has won audiences and accolades from San Francisco to New York with his powerful dance-theater.

Dorsey was named in Dance Magazine’s 25 To Watch and named “San Francisco’s Best Dance Company” (SF Weekly). He has been awarded three Isadora Duncan Dance Awards and the Goldie Award for Performance. Most recently, he was named in American Theater Magazine as a Top Theater Artist To Watch.

Dorsey’s dances are powerful explorations of human experience. His works are a fusion of full-throttle dance, luscious partnering, intimate storytelling and theater. Highly physical, accessible, rooted in story, and danced with precision and guts and deep humanity, Dorsey’s works have been praised as “exquisite…poignant and important” (BalletTanz), “trailblazing” (San Francisco Chronicle) and “evocative, compelling, elegant” (LA Weekly). Dorsey has toured his work to over 25 US cities.

Dorsey has been awarded major support and commissions by the National Endowment for the Arts, National Dance Project, New England Foundation for the Arts, National Performance Network, Creative Work Fund, Kenneth Rainin Foundation, Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, and commissions from the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, San Francisco Arts Commission, James Irvine Foundation, Bates Dance Festival (Lewiston), Dance Place (Washington DC), Queer Cultural Center (San Francisco), The Theater Offensive (Boston), 7 Stages (Atlanta), Links Hall (Chicago), and Highways Performance Space (Los Angeles).

Dorsey’s most recent evening-length dances are a trilogy of works exploring our contemporary relationships to censored, buried or forgotten parts of LGBT history: THE MISSING GENERATION (2015), The Secret History Of Love (2013), and Uncovered: The Diary Project (2010).

THE MISSING GENERATION is a powerful dance-theater work that gives voice to longtime survivors of the early AIDS epidemic. The 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.

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 has been praised as “heartbreakingly beautiful … profoundly relevant to all generations” (Bay Times) and “gut-wrenching, heart-breaking, and spirit-lifting” (Portland Sun Journal). THE MISSING GENERATION is available for tour bookings in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Please contact freshmeatinfo@gmail.com with inquiries.

Dorsey’s previous evening-length work The Secret History Of Love recently completed a tour to 20 cities across the US. The Secret History Of Love reveals the underground ways that LGBT people managed to find love and survive in decades past, despite tremendous obstacles. Dorsey created the work by recording oral histories with LGBT elders and conducting archival research across the US.

Dorsey’s other works include Reply Here (2010), Lost/Found (2007), Bullied (2007), the evening-length suite of dances The Outsider Chronicles (2006), In Closing (2006), Creative (2006), 6 Hours (2005), Second Kiss (2005), Red Tie Red Lipstick (2003), and a small class of words (2002).

Dorsey has collaborated with artists including Lana and Andy Wachowski (Directors, The Matrix, Cloud Atlas), and Antony and the Johnsons. Dorsey danced with Lizz Roman and Dancers from 2000-2006.

Dorsey is the founder and Artistic Director of Fresh Meat Productions, the nation’s first organization to create, present and tour year-round multidisciplinary transgender arts programs. Fresh Meat’s programs include the popular annual Fresh Meat Festival of transgender and queer performance, Sean Dorsey Dance’s local and touring performances, national community residencies, internships and mentoring, and arts programs for emerging transgender artists and arts organizations.

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WHAT THE PRESS ARE SAYING:

 

“trailblazing”
(San Francisco Chronicle)

“exquisite…poignant and important”
(BalletTanz)

“evocative, compelling, elegant”
(LA Weekly)

“virtuosic”
(SF Weekly)

“astonishing”
(New York Dance Insider)

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

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

“breathtaking beauty”
(Bay Times)

“boundlessly gifted…flawless dance”
(Bay Area Reporter)

“eloquent, poignant, lyrical”
(Philadelphia Dance Journal)

“trailblazing…powerful”
(Boston Bay Windows)

“the most imaginative and intriguing dance artist in the Bay Area”
(Bay Area Reporter)

“wonderfully imaginative and powerful”
(The Advocate)

“gut-wrenching, heart-breaking, and spirit-lifting”
(Portland Sun Journal)

“deeply felt, splendidly shaped…aches with beauty and grief”
(San Francisco Bay Guardian)

“heartbreakingly beautiful
…profoundly relevant to all generations”
(Bay Times)

“I can’t remember the last time I saw so much tenderness, romanticism, delicacy of feeling, tentative grace, truth of gesture, human longings for loyalty, affection, and abiding relationship surrounded by such claims to be shocking, bold, futurist, subversive.”
 (DanceView Times)

“I’m an elder of the transgender community, and Sean Dorsey is my pride and joy. His sensitivity to the pain that comes with transformation is as compassionate as any Zen master’s. His deadpan comic timing, his skill at seduction, his charm and boyish sexiness all make us – his audience – love him all the more. Dorsey choreographs and performs…with a skill that rivals Mark Morris.”
 (Kate Bornstein)

 
Photo by Lydia Daniller