We are thrilled to announce that the dance film “Sean Dorsey Dance: Dreaming Trans & Queer Futures” (dir. Lindsay Gauthier, Produced by KQED) won the Festival Director’s Award for Best Short Documentary from the Paris Short Film Festival!
This visually-exquisite short is a fusion of dance film and documentary — and a profile of trailblazing transgender choreographer and activist Sean Dorsey. Dorsey is celebrated as the US’ first acclaimed transgender modern dance choreographer, and is a longtime trans activist.
As a modern dance choreographer and as a trans person, Dorsey felt irresistibly drawn to San Francisco with its history of trans and queer resistance and culture. But the city he moved to in the early 2000s was not the city he had envisioned: he discovered he was the only openly-trans modern dancer there, and that no one was putting trans artists on stage.
Dorsey spent the next two decades creating, performing, touring and teaching his award-winning choreography (a fusion of full-throttle dance, storytelling and theater); and championing and presenting trans and queer performing arts in the city, hand in hand with his life partner, the musician, filmmaker and transgender activist Shawna Virago.
Sean Dorsey Dance has toured their innovative modern dance to more than 30 cities across the U.S. and abroad; and accolades have arrived in the form of prestigious national awards, commissions and grants. The annual FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL is now its 22nd season of showcasing trans and queer performance.
‘Sean Dorsey Dance: Dreaming Trans and Queer Futures’ profiles Dorsey as he embarks on a powerful new project with his company: THE LOST ART OF DREAMING is an invitation to embrace expansive imagination, reconnect with longing, connect with joy and pleasure, and propel ourselves toward loving Futures. The company is currently touring this show internationally through 2024.
At this terrifying moment when trans communities everywhere are under horrific and escalating attacks, this film uplifts the Truth: that trans and queer people are wise, powerful, beautiful and innovative artists, healers and leaders.