new works by Sean Dorsey Dance

with guest artists The Singing Bois & Amir Rabiyah

Dates: Fri-Sat, May 12-13, 2017
Times: Friday at 8pm;
Saturday at 4pm & 8pm
Venue: Z Space
450 Florida Street @ 17th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
Tickets: Fri 8pm + Sat 4pm: $15-30 sliding scale
Sat 8pm Gala: $20-50 sliding scaleWalk-up tickets: no one turned away for lack of funds (cash only, please).
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BOYS BITE BACK is an evening of powerful performance on navigating queer & trans masculinities – featuring new works by Sean Dorsey Dance with guest artists The Singing Bois and Amir Rabiyah.

Sean Dorsey Dance‘s all-new dances offer a sneak peek of the company’s upcoming show BOYS IN TROUBLE (premieres in April 2018). As the shadow of Tr*mp’s rule falls over LGBTQ communities across the US, Sean Dorsey Dance bites back with full-throttle dance, luscious queer partnering, highly-physical theater and storytelling that celebrate expansiveness and reject compulsory conformity.

In turns explosive, powerful, playful, vulnerable and sexy, these new dances underline why Sean Dorsey Dance has been called “epic …powerful, moving, hilarious” (Miami Herald), “trailblazing” (San Francisco Chronicle), and “evocative, compelling, elegant” (LA Weekly).

BOYS BITE BACK also features two special guest artists: The Singing Bois are a queer retro quartet – part boy band, part Rat Pack, they twist gender expectations with musical precision; guest performer Amir Rabiyah is a queer, trans, mixed race, disabled, poet and storyteller.

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BOYS BITE BACK takes a bite out of gender, conformity, feminine-phobia, trans peer pressure and being “butch enough.” Join us for 3 shows only – at Sean Dorsey Dance’s 2017 Home Season.

Sean Dorsey Dance’s award-winning, multi-generational ensemble performs these dances with guts and precision and deep humanity – moving seamlessly between full-throttle dancing, live speaking and intimate storytelling. Performed by: Sean Dorsey, Brian Fisher, ArVejon Jones, Nol Simonse and Will WoodwardOriginal music composed by: Alex Kelly, Ben Kessler and LD Brown. Lighting Design: Clyde Sheets. Sound Engineering/Mixing: Laura Dean. Costume Design: Tiffany Amundson. Technical Direction: Emily Paulson.

Z Space is wheelchair accessible and features all-gender bathrooms. Walk-up tickets: no one turned away for lack of funds.

 “breathtaking beauty”
(Bay Times)

AND SAVE THE DATE! Sean Dorsey Dance’s full new show BOYS IN TROUBLE will premiere in April 2018.


BOYS BITE BACK Community Partners: 
Center of Excellence for Transgender Health, The Shanti Projcet, Transgender Employment Program, St. James Infirmary, Bad Flower Productions, TGI Justice Project, LYRIC, Openhouse and Dancers We Lost


Sean Dorsey is the nation’s first acclaimed TRANSGENDER contemporary dance choreographer. His 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 26 US cities. With his signature fusion of contemporary dance, storytelling and theater, Dorsey is blazing a trail celebrated by critics and sold-out audiences alike. He 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 four Isadora Duncan Dance Awards, the Goldie Award for Performance, national commissions, and praise from New York to Los Angeles.

THE SINGING BOIS is a queer retro quartet based in Oakland, California. Part boy band, part Rat Pack, they create spaces for masculine-of-center and POC musicians within new and classic styles such as R&B, soul, rock, jazz, and Latin genres. Twisting gender expectations, they blend musical precision, playful staging, and sexy swagger. Through original songs and inventive covers, The Singing Bois tell queer, butch, and trans stories through song. The group features Rhonda Kinard (guitar), Terezia Orosz (voice), Vassi Johri (drums), and T. Carlis Roberts (voice). They have performed at a variety of Bay Area venues including El Rio, Studio Grand, Galería de la Raza, UC Santa Cruz, The Women’s Building, Dyke March, Santa Cruz Pride, the Fresh Meat Festival, and the National Queer Arts Festival.

AMIR RABIYAH is a queer, trans, mixed race, disabled, poet and writing coach currently living in San Diego, California. Amir’s work has been published in Mizna, Flicker and Spark: A Contemporary Queer Anthology of Spoken Word and Poetry, Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics, Kweli Journal, Sukoon, and more. Amir is the co-editor of Writing the Walls Down: A Convergence of LGBTQ Voices, published by Trans-Genre Press in October of 2015. They have received fellowships from VONA the Voices of our Nations Arts Foundation, and has participated in residencies at The Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, among others. Their first collection of poetry, Prayers for my 17th Chromosome will be published in November of 2017 by Sibling Rivalry Press.

Sean Dorsey Dance’s new show BOYS IN TROUBLE will premiere in April 2018. BOYS IN TROUBLE is being commissioned by Fresh Meat Productions, Queer Cultural Center, San Francisco LGBT Center, Bates Dance Festival, Dance Place, Maui Arts & Cultural Center, 7 Stages and Highways Performance Space, and is supported by the California Arts Council, The Creative Work Fund (a program of the Walter and Elise Haas Fund supported by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation), Kenneth Rainin Foundation, National Performance Network, National Dance Project, and the San Francisco Arts Commission.