BOYS IN TROUBLE
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Sean Dorsey’s timely and urgent commentary on masculinity places a trans and queer frame onto intersectional questions of embodiment, violence, Black queer love, whiteness, shame and posturing in BOYS IN TROUBLE. Recognized as the nation’s first acclaimed transgender modern dance choreographer, Sean Dorsey’s ability to stay in conversation with toxic masculinity, the trans revolution, Black Lives Matter, #metoo, and increasing attacks on trans bodies and civil liberties manifest in his latest work.
BOYS IN TROUBLE premiered at San Francisco’s Z Space in April 2018 and is now on a 3-year 20-city international tour with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, National Dance Project and National Performance Network. This work was commissioned by Bates Dance Festival, Dance Place, 7 Stages, Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Queer Cultural Center and Highways Performance Space.
Sean Dorsey is a San Francisco-based transgender choreographer, dancer, writer and advocate. Recognized as the US’ first acclaimed transgender modern dance choreographer, Dorsey has toured his work to 30 cities across the US and internationally. Dorsey has been awarded four Isadora Duncan Dance Awards, the Goldie Award for Performance, and has been named “San Francisco’s Best Dance Company” (SF Weekly). This summer, Dorsey became the first US transgender artist ever presented by The Joyce Theater in NYC. Dorsey’s work is currently supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, National Dance Project, National Performance Network, Dance/USA, California Arts Council, San Francisco Arts Commission and multiple foundations. Dorsey has been awarded commissions by Bates Dance Festival, Dance Place (Washington DC), 7 Stages (Atlanta), Maui Arts & Cultural Center (Maui), Queer Cultural Center (San Francisco), The Theater Offensive (Boston), Highways Performance Space (Los Angeles) and Links Hall (Chicago). Sean Dorsey Dance’s new work BOYS IN TROUBLE is now on a 2-year, 20-city international tour. Commissioned by six theaters across the US, BOYS IN TROUBLE unpacks masculinity with unflinching honesty and from unapologetically trans and queer perspectives. Dorsey is the founder and artistic director of Fresh Meat Productions, the nation’s first nonprofit of its kind. Now in its 17th season, Fresh Meat Productions invests in the creative expression and cultural leadership of transgender and gender-nonconforming communities through year-round programs.