UNCOVERED: THE DIARY PROJECT – Santa Monica, CA

By Sean Dorsey Dance
August 12 & 13, 2011

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Dates: Friday August 12 @ 8:30pm
Saturday August 13 @ 8:30pm
Location: Highways Performance Space
1651 18th Street
At 18th Street Arts Center
(½ block north of Olympic Blvd.)
Santa Monica, CA 90404 [map]
Tickets: $20 general admission
$15 members/students/seniors
No one turned away for lack of funds
Information & Reservations: 310-315-1459
Online tickets: www.highwaysperformance.org

Named San Francisco’s Best Dance / Performance Company (SF Weekly)
Named in the “Top Dances of the Year” (San Francisco Bay Guardian)
“breathtaking beauty”  (San Francisco Bay Times)
“deeply felt, splendidly shaped…aches with beauty and grief”(San Francisco Bay Guardian)

Fresh Meat Productions and Highways Performance Space (Artistic Director, Leo Garcia) present the Los Angeles area premiere of Uncovered: The Diary Project. After taking San Francisco and New York by storm with sold-out runs and critical praise, this award-winning show comes to Santa Monica for ONE WEEKEND ONLY.

Trailblazing transgender choreographer Sean Dorsey (winner of two Isadora Duncan Dance Awards and the Goldie Award for Performance) and a gorgeous cast of dancers chase the naked truth in Uncovered: The Diary Project. Using text from actual, real-life diaries of transgender and queer people, Uncovered’s powerful dances reveal lives and stories that history has tried to erase. Out spill diary secrets, bathhouse antics, outrageous love, pop idols, impossible courage and the importance of documenting and sharing LGBT history.

Sean Dorsey Dance performing ‘Lou’(excerpts) from “Uncovered: The Diary Project”
Sean Dorsey Dance performs ‘Lou’ — a suite of dances choreographed by Sean Dorsey, based on the lifelong journals of Lou Sullivan (1951-1991), a pioneering female-to-male transgender and gay activist, writer and organizer. From Dorsey’s full-length concert Uncovered: The Diary Project.

This powerful concert is the culmination of a year-and-a-half long research process in which Dorsey uncovered and researched diaries of transgender and queer people – from the famous to the unknown. ‘Uncovered’ features ‘Lou’, a suite of dances based on the lifelong journals of Lou Sullivan (1951-1991), a pioneering transgender activist; and Lost/Found, the story of an imaginary boyhood based on a very real diary. ‘Uncovered’ offers an evening of full-bodied, powerful dances honoring remarkable life stories.

To create ‘Lou’, Dorsey researched the lifelong journals of Lou Sullivan (1951-1991), a transsexual gay man who lived and died in San Francisco and was a trailblazing activist, organizer and writer. Sullivan broke down countless barriers for transpeople and was a friend to hundreds and inspiration to thousands. Before his death, Sullivan bequeathed 30 years of his journals, letters and papers to the GLBT Historical Society in order to leave a companion for other transgender people, to educate and open minds, and to ensure that the progress he had struggled a lifetime for would not be lost. To create ‘Lou’, Dorsey researched this collection, compiled and distilled 30 years of Sullivan’s journal writings into an original soundscore, and choreographed a suite of dances based on Sullivan’s remarkable journey.

[iframe http://www.freshmeatproductions.org/fmeat2.swf?xml_path=slide-uncovered.xml 400 270] Uncovered features an outstanding cast of performers: Sean Dorsey, Brian Fisher, Juan de la Rosa, Nol Simonse, with original music by Shawna Virago, StormMiguel Florez and Ben Kessler.‘Uncovered’ was generously commissioned by the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation and William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the San Francisco Arts Commission and the Queer Cultural Center.

Sean Dorsey is an award-winning choreographer and dancer. He has collaborated with artists including Kate Bornstein, the Wachowski Brothers (Directors, The Matrix) and Antony and the Johnsons. Dorsey is also the founder and Artistic Director of Fresh Meat Productions, the nation’s first and only nonprofit creating and presenting year-round transgender arts programs.

Dorsey is recognized as the nation’s first out transgender choreographer, Dorsey’s acclaimed work is a powerful fusion of dance, storytelling and theater. Read more about Sean Dorsey.

“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 love him all the more.
Dorsey choreographs and performs…with a skill that rivals Mark Morris.”
– Kate Bornstein
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