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Sean Dorsey collaborating with the Community Center Project of San Francisco

Award: $40,000 Performing Arts grant awarded in 2016

To Premiere: April 2018

Sean Dorsey is collaborating with the San Francisco LGBT Community Center to create, develop, and premiere a new full-length dance-theater work, Boys in Trouble.

Sean Dorsey is the nation’s first critically acclaimed transgender choreographer. This new work will investigate contemporary American masculinity from transgender and queer perspectives, giving voice to outsider experiences of masculinities. During its creation and development phases, the collaborators will involve at least 100 transgender men and women, gay/bi/queer men, butches, and ‘masculine of center’ people in a series of community engagement activities that will include movement and storytelling workshops, recorded conversations and interviews, and community forums at the San Francisco LGBT Community Center, a 37,000-square-foot ADA-compliant building at Market and Octavia streets. From the themes emerging in this phase, Dorsey will choreograph the work for his four-member, multigenerational LGBT dance ensemble.

The final work will feature dance with storytelling and a multilayered, narrative-based score featuring excerpts of the recorded conversations and interviews and original music by a team of composers. The work will premiere in April 2018 at Z Space.