BATES DANCE FESTIVAL
July 16 & 18, 2015
THE MISSING GENERATION
Schaeffer Theater (7:30pm)
June 26-July 17, 2015
Dorsey teaches daily classes
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.