By Sean Dorsey Dance


“A powerful blend of utterly gut-wrenching storytelling and sophisticated movement.”
(SF Weekly)

“Heartbreakingly beautiful – a dance portrait of contemporary LGBT history that is profoundly relevant to all generations.”
(SF Bay Times)

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

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 transgender and LGBTQ survivors – people who witnessed and experienced the loss of part of an entire generation to AIDS in the 1980s and 1990s.

Sean Dorsey created the work over a 2-year period after recording 75 hours of oral history interviews with transgender and LGBTQ survivors of the early AIDS epidemic, conducting extensive archival research, and hosting LGBTQ Community Residencies in 6 cities across the US. Read more about “Sean Dorsey’s THE MISSING GENERATION LGBTQ/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 30 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.

THE MISSING GENERATION toured to 20 cities across the US between 2015-and 2020 — during week-long Community Residencies that featured performances, “Generations Positive” inter-generational community conversations; master classes; free trans-friendly dance workshops; “Dance Your Story” self-expression workshops for LGBTQI people and people living with HIV/AIDS; and other custom-designed residency activities.

While THE MISSING GENERATION is no longer actively touring, you can visit our Calendar Page to learn about our other upcoming tours and Community Residencies. Join our email list to receive upcoming news about our performances, tours and teaching.

Contact Sean Dorsey Dance’s Program Manager at with booking, teaching and residency inquiries about our current projects.

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THE MISSING GENERATION was created with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, National Dance Project, New England Foundation for the Arts, National Performance Network, Kenneth Rainin Foundation, San Francisco Arts Commission, Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, Queer Cultural Center (San Francisco), Bates Dance Festival (Lewiston), Dance Place (Washington DC), 7 Stages (Atlanta), The Theater Offensive (Boston), and generous individual donors.

THE MISSING GENERATION – Community Sponsors:
The GLBT Historical SocietyTGI Justice Project (TGIJP)The Shanti ProjectOpenhouseNational AIDS Memorial GroveBay Area Young Positives, Inc.San Francisco AIDS FoundationLavender Youth Recreation & Information Center (LYRIC)​


THE MISSING GENERATION – past tour-residency locations!


The Joyce Theater
(New York, NY)
June 20-23, 2018
Velocity Dance Center
(Seattle, WA)
May 3-6, 2018
Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
(Burlington, VT)
October 20, 2017
Bates College
(Lewiston, ME)
October 14, 2017
American Dance Festival
(Durham, NC)
July 5-6, 2017
Maui Arts & Cultural Center
(Maui, HI)
March 2, 2017
Reed College
(Portland, OR)
February 15-17, 2017
Hammer Theater
(San Jose, CA)
October 8, 2016
UVIC Farquhar Auditorium Theater
(Victoria BC, Canada)
July 8, 2016
Highways Performance Space
(Santa Monica, CA)
May 27-28, 2016
Z Space - SDD Home Season
(San Francisco, CA)
May 5-7, 2016
Kelly-Strayhorn Theater
(Pittsburgh, PA)
April 4-10, 2016
Dance Place
(Washington DC)
March 28-April 3, 2016
7 Stages
(Atlanta, GA)
February 1-7, 2016
The Theater Offensive
(Boston, MA)
October 22-25, 2015
Young Auditorium
(Whitewater, WI)
October 11-14, 2015
Bates Dance Festival
(Lewiston, ME)
July 16 & 18, 2015
Schaeffer Theater (7:30pm)

June 26-July 17, 2015
Dorsey teaches daily classes