by Sean Dorsey Dance
Photos: Lydia Daniller
“lush, expansive dance … poignant”
“a visually stunning, emotionally rich, and profoundly timely examination of masculinity and gender by one of the nation’s most visionary choreographers”
“poignant … Dorsey’s signature mix of happiness, heartbreak, confessional dialogue, salty language, goofy humor and gorgeous partnering”
(San Francisco Chronicle)
PART OF A 20-CITY TOUR
BOYS IN TROUBLE
(Los Angeles, CA)
|Dates:||February 8, 2020|
|Time:||2pm & 7:30pm|
|Venue:||University of Southern California
Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center
849 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA
|Tickets:||FREE! RSVP required.|
BOYS IN TROUBLE is a timely and urgent commentary on contemporary masculinity – these powerful dances place a trans and queer lens onto intersectional questions of embodiment, violence, Black queer love, whiteness, shame and posturing.
BOYS IN TROUBLE is a fusion of full-throttle dance, risk-taking theater, raw emotion, irreverent humor, exquisite queer partnering and intimate storytelling … all performed with Sean Dorsey Dance’s signature technical precision, guts and deep humanity.
In turns powerful, explosive, irreverent, devastatingly honest, sensual and humorous, BOYS IN TROUBLE is a groundbreaking trans and queer examination of American masculinity’s deep roots in Trouble.
BOYS IN TROUBLE is performed by: Sean Dorsey, Brian Fisher, ArVejon Jones, Nol Simonse and Will Woodward. Original music composed by: Alex Kelly, Ben Kessler, Anomie Belle and LD Brown. Lighting Design by Clyde Sheets. Costume Design by Tiffany Amundson. Technical Direction by Emily Paulson.
Dorsey created BOYS IN TROUBLE over a 2-year period, after visiting communities across the US where he hosted community forums on Masculinity, recorded interviews, and taught free movement workshops for transgender, gender-non-conforming, cisgender, gay, bi, and queer people on the masculine spectrum.
Note: performance includes profanity and some themes of violence.
Sean Dorsey is celebrated as the nation’s first acclaimed transgender modern dance choreographer. His works have been praised as “exquisite…poignant and important” (BalletTanz), “trailblazing” (San Francisco Chronicle) and “evocative, compelling, elegant” (LA Weekly). Sean Dorsey Dance has toured to 30 cities across the US and internationally.
BOYS IN TROUBLE will tour to 20 cities across the US and internationally through 2021. Contact us to bring this work to your city or with inquiries.
BOYS IN TROUBLE – Community Sponsors:
San Francisco AIDS Foundation, Lavender Youth Recreation & Information Center (LYRIC), TGI Justice Project (TGIJP), Openhouse, San Francisco Women Against Rape, Community United Against Violence, TRANS:THRIVE, The Shanti Project, SF LGBT Center.
BOYS IN TROUBLE 20-City Tour Calendar
|University of Southern California - Visions & Voices (Los Angeles, CA)||February 8, 2020|
|New York Live Arts (New York, NY)||January 12-14, 2020|
|San Jose State University (San Jose, CA)||November 14-15, 2019|
|Velocity Dance Center (Seattle, WA)||October 17-20, 2019|
|Texas Performing Arts at the University of Texas at Austin (Austin, TX)||September 27, 2019|
|7 Stages (Atlanta, GA)||September 12-15, 2019|
|Highways Performance Space (Los Angeles, CA)||May 17-18, 2019|
|Maui Arts & Cultural Center (Maui, HI)||April 11, 2019|
|Z Space - Sean Dorsey Dance’s 15th Anniversary Season (San Francisco, CA)||March 14-16, 2019|
|John Michael Kohler Arts Center (Sheboygan, WI)||Feb 11-15, 2019|
|APAP showcase at Live Artery @ New York Live Arts (New York, NY)||January 6, 2019|
|Young Auditorium (Whitewater, WI)||October 16, 2018|
|Kulturhuset Stadsteatern (Stockholm, Sweden)||August 2, 2018|
|Bates Dance Festival (Lewiston, ME)||July 12-14, 2018|
|Dance Place (Washington, DC)||May 19-20, 2018|
|Reston Arts Center (Reston, VA)||May 16, 2018|
|Z Space (San Francisco, CA)||April 19-21, 2018|
BOYS IN TROUBLE was created with generous support from 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), National Performance Network, California Arts Council, Creative Work Fund (a program of the Walter and Elise Haas Fund supported by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation), Fleishhacker Foundation, Queer Cultural Center, Kenneth Rainin Foundation, San Francisco Arts Commission and the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation.
BOYS IN TROUBLE was commissioned by Bates Dance Festival, Dance Place (Washington, DC), Highways Performance Space (Los Angeles, CA), Maui Arts & Cultural Center (Maui, HI), 7 Stages (Atlanta, GA) and the Queer Cultural Center (San Francisco, CA).