THE MISSING GENERATION – Sean Dorsey Dance 2016 Home Season

“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)

Z Space – Sean Dorsey Dance’s Home Season (San Francisco, CA)




 Thursday-Saturday, May 5-7, 2016
Z Space (450 Florida Street, SF, 94110)

$15 Unemployed / Low Income
$20 General
$27 Supporter
Saturday – Gala Performance & Reception:
$20 General
$27 Supporter
$35 Sponsor


SATURDAY MAY 7 at 8pm:
Join us for a Gala Celebration! Features performance of THE MISSING GENERATION, special champagne and nibbles reception, and a meet and greet with the artists. Special pricing applies to this special event.




In San Francisco for ONE WEEKEND ONLY as part of a 20-city tour! Danced with guts and precision and deep humanity, THE MISSING GENERATION is a powerful dance-theater production based on oral history interviews with longtime survivors of the early AIDS epidemic.

The show is a love letter to a forgotten generation – people who experienced the loss of part of an entire generation of trans, gay, bisexual and queer people during the early epidemic.

Sean Dorsey created the work over a 2-year period by recording oral history interviews with trans and LGBT longtime survivors and hosting LGBT Community Residencies in cities across the US.

THE MISSING GENERATION features full-throttle dance, luscious partnering, intimate storytelling and theater – performed by an award-winning, multi-generational ensemble of dancers: Sean Dorsey, Brian Fisher, ArVejon A. Jones and Nol Simonse.

Dorsey recorded 75 hours of oral history interviews and spent over 500 hours building a lush, multi-layered soundscore. THE MISSING GENERATION’s soundscore was recently awarded an Isadora Duncan Dance Award and features excerpts of these oral histories with original music by Alex Kelly, Jesse Olsen Bay, Ben Kessler and Jeffrey Alphonsus Mooney.

Sean Dorsey is an award-winning transgender and queer choreographer who has toured his work to 26 cities across the US.


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:
Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center, Lavender Youth Recreation & Information Center (LYRIC), National AIDS Memorial Grove, Openhouse, Shanti Project, TRANS: THRIVE, CUAV, Dancers We Lost, SFWAR, Trans Employment Program TEEI, Transgender Law Center, Bad Flower Productions, TGI Justice Project


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