“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)

Kelly-Strayhorn Theater (Pittsburgh, PA)

Dates: Friday-Saturday, April 8-9, 2016
Times: 7pm pre-show mixer / 8pm
Venue: Kelly-Strayhorn Theater
5941 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Tickets: Pay-what-you-like (you choose the price!)
Buy your tickets here

Sean Dorsey Dance WORKSHOP

Tickets are Pay What Makes You Happy. Stick around for a complimentary artist lunch and talk following the workshop.

Wednesday, April 6 (10am – 12pm)

Understanding that some transgendered people do not feel comfortable in participating in public workshops, Sean and company creates a judgment-free safe space, leading participants through simple and playful movement exercises, dance warm-ups, and exclusive material from their own repertoire. No experience necessary!

Please wear comfortable clothing that does not interfere with your ability to move (sweatpants, shorts or loose pants and a comfortable shirt are suggested). There will be no physical touching involved, and all dancers are encouraged to participate barefoot.

Talking About The Impact of HIV/AIDS in LGBTQ Pittsburgh … Past & Present!A FREE inter-generational story-sharing gathering

Saturday April 8  (11am-1pm)

Kelly-Strayhorn Theater lobby
(5491 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh PA, 15206)

FREE (snacks and refreshments will be provided)


Please join us for conversation, story-sharing and food! We welcome all people of all ages to come together to share, listen and talk about our experiences of HIV/AIDS in LGBTQ communities past and present.

THE MISSING GENERATION is a new dance-theater work that gives voice to longtime survivors of the early AIDS epidemic. This powerful show is a love letter to a forgotten generation of survivors – those who witnessed and experienced the loss of part of an entire generation of gay and transgender people to AIDS in the 1980s and 1990s.

Sean Dorsey created the work over a 2-year period by conducting oral history interviews with longtime survivors of the early AIDS epidemic, doing archival research, and hosting Community Residencies in 6 cities across the US. Read more about “The Missing Generation LGBT/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 25 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.

From 2015-2017, THE MISSING GENERATION will tour to 20 cities across the US during week-long Community Residencies that will feature community conversations; master classes; free trans-friendly dance workshops; “Dance Your Story” self-expression workshops for LGBTQ people and people living with HIV/AIDS; and other custom-designed residency activities.

To get tour dates, check out Tour Info below, or visit our Calendar Page to learn about our upcoming tours and Community Residencies. Join our email list to receive upcoming news about our performances, tours and teaching.

THE MISSING GENERATION national tour will include: Bates Dance Festival (Lewiston), Dance Place (Washington DC), 7 Stages (Atlanta), The Theater Offensive (Boston), The Kelly-Strayhorn Theater (Pittsburgh), Young Auditorium (Whitewater, Wisconsin), Maui Arts & Cultural Center (Maui), Out In The Tropics (Miami), Smith College (Northampton) and many others.

Contact Sean Dorsey Dance’s General Manager at with booking, teaching and residency inquiries.

If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation toward this groundbreaking project, please contact our Production Coordinator: or make a donation online.

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 is available for tour bookings during 2015-2017: tours include a range of Community Engagement Residency activities. Contact us with booking inquiries. Follow us as we tour: Join our email list.

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