By Sean Dorsey Dance
April 30: Chico, CA
“SAN FRANCISCO’S BEST DANCE COMPANY” -SF Weekly
“an epic work … powerful, moving, hilarious”
“evocative, compelling, elegant”
“trailblazing … powerful”
(Boston Bay Windows)
“poignant…heartbreak and eloquence”
(San Francisco Chronicle)
“wonderfully imaginative and powerful”
Tuesday April 30, 2013
Chico BMU Auditorium Theater
Sean Dorsey Dance returns to Chico! This special presentation is presented by Chico State Pride and The Gender and Sexuality Equity Center, and is generously supported by the National Dance Project and the New England Foundation for the Arts.
The Secret History Of Love reveals the underground ways that LGBT people managed to survive and love each other in decades past, despite tremendous obstacles. 1920′s speakeasies, wartime love affairs, police raids and steamy underground cabarets explode onstage in this powerful work by transgender trailblazer Sean Dorsey. This engagement is part of a 20-city US tour.
Dorsey created The Secret History Of Love through a 2-year LGBT Elders Oral History Project. The Secret History Of Love features the voices and life stories Dorsey recorded in these oral history interviews – along with powerful, moving and hilarious episodes from the LGBT community’s remarkable history of finding love and community, against enormous odds.
The Secret History Of Love features full-throttle dancing, riveting storytelling, luscious partnering and first-hand tales of tremendous risk, passionate love, impossible courage, heart-breaking loss, and bold resistance –revealing the great resiliency and strength of the human heart … even in the face of great danger and devastating violence.
The Secret History Of Love features a stellar cast of performers: Sean Dorsey, Juan De La Rosa, Brian Fisher, Nol Simonse and special musical guest Shawna Virago.
The Secret History Of Love features original music by Jesse Olsen Bay, Storm Miguel Florez, Alex Kelly, Ben Kessler, Jeffrey Alphonsus Mooney and Ramon and Jessica. Lighting Design: Clyde Sheets. Costume Design: Tiffany Amundson. Sound Engineering and Mixing: Laura Dean. Technical Direction: Emily Paulson.
The Secret History Of Love is available for tour bookings in 2013, 2014 and 2015: tours include a range of Community Engagement Residency activities. Please contact us with booking inquiries.
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With his signature fusion of modern dance, storytelling and theater, Sean Dorsey is blazing a trail celebrated by critics and sold-out audiences alike. As the nation’s first transgender modern dance choreographer, Dorsey has been named “San Francisco’s Best Dance-Performance Company” (SF Weekly) and named in the nation’s “Top 25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine. Dorsey has been awarded two Isadora Duncan Dance Awards, the Goldie Award for Performance, national commissions, and praise from New York to Los Angeles.
The Secret History Of Love is presented by Fresh Meat Productions and was created with generous support from the Queer Cultural Center, 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), the Creative Work Fund (a program of the Walter and Elise Haas Fund supported by generous grants from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and The James Irvine Foundation), the National Performance Network’s Creation Fund and Performance Residencies, the San Francisco Arts Commission, The Theater Offensive (Boston), and Links Hall (Chicago).