BOYS IN TROUBLE – World Premiere

by Sean Dorsey Dance

Photos: Lydia Daniller

 

“lush, expansive dance … poignant”
(KQED)

“a visually stunning, emotionally rich, and profoundly timely examination of masculinity and gender by one of the nation’s most visionary choreographers”
(Bay Times)

“poignant … Dorsey’s signature mix of happiness, heartbreak, confessional dialogue, salty language, goofy humor and gorgeous partnering”
(San Francisco Chronicle)

 

BOYS IN TROUBLE
World Premiere: April 19-21, 2018

Dates: Thurs-Sat April 19-21, 2018
Times: Thursday 8pm
Friday 8pm
Saturday 4pm (with ASL interpretation)
Saturday 8pm
Venue: Z Space
450 Florida Street @ 17th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
(venue is wheelchair accessible and has all-gender restrooms)
Tickets: Thur + Fri 8pm: $15-$30 sliding scale
Sat 4pm with ASL: $10-$30 sliding scale
Sat 8pm Gala: $20-50 sliding scale
Walk-up tickets: no one turned away for lack of funds (cash only, please).
TICKETS: CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS!

 

SATURDAY 4PM: ASL interpretation — let us know you’re coming! production@freshmeatproductions.org
SATURDAY 8PM: GALA Performance & Reception!
ALL SHOWS: Post-show receptions every night with DJ Frida Ibarra, go-go dancers, photo booth, drinks & dancing!

 


 

 

Trailblazing transgender choreographer Sean Dorsey returns to the stage with BOYS IN TROUBLE, a new evening of dances that unpack masculinity with unflinching honesty – from unapologetically trans and queer perspectives.

True Transsexual Confessions. An unabashed love letter between queer Black men. A sendup of all things Macho. A queer spin on butchness. Real talk about whiteness. An invitation to look deeply at Shame. A witness to hurt and heartbreak. A roadmap for another way.

BOYS IN TROUBLE is an extravaganza of full-throttle dance, raw emotion, irreverent humor, exquisite queer partnering and super-vulnerable storytelling … all performed with Sean Dorsey Dance’s signature precision, guts and deep humanity.

BOYS IN TROUBLE hits the stage as America grapples with toxic masculinity, the Trans revolution, and renewed attacks on trans and LGBTQ rights. In turns powerful, explosive, devastatingly honest, humorous and sexy, BOYS IN TROUBLE offers an urgent and timely examination of American masculinity’s deep roots in Trouble.

Note: performance includes profanity and some themes of violence.

With stark honesty, powerful storytelling and breathtaking dancing, these dances celebrate expansive trans and queer gender expression, and move audiences to examine their own assumptions and experiences of gender.

Sean Dorsey Dance’s award-winning, multi-generational ensemble performs these athletic dances with gusto – moving seamlessly between full-throttle dancing, live speaking and intimate storytelling.

BOYS IN TROUBLE is performed by: Sean Dorsey, Brian Fisher, ArVejon Jones, Nol Simonse and Will Woodward. Original music composed by: Alex Kelly, Ben Kessler, Anomie Belle, LD Brown and Jesse Olsen Bay. Sound Engineering by Grace Coleman and Laura Dean. Lighting Design by Clyde Sheets. Costume Design by Tiffany Amundson.

Dorsey created BOYS IN TROUBLE over a 2-year period, after visiting communities across the US where he hosted community forums on Masculinity, recorded interviews, and taught free movement workshops for transgender, gender-non-conforming, cisgender, gay, bi, and queer people on the masculine spectrum.

After its World Premiere, BOYS IN TROUBLE launches a 2-year, 20-city tour.  Contact us with booking inquiries.

Sean Dorsey is celebrated as the nation’s first acclaimed transgender modern dance choreographer. His works have been praised as “exquisite…poignant and important” (BalletTanz), “trailblazing” (San Francisco Chronicle) and “evocative, compelling, elegant” (LA Weekly). Dorsey has toured his work to 29 cities.

BOYS IN TROUBLE – Community Sponsors:
San Francisco AIDS FoundationLavender Youth Recreation & Information Center (LYRIC)​TGI Justice Project (TGIJP)OpenhouseSan Francisco Women Against RapeCommunity United Against ViolenceTRANS:THRIVEThe Shanti ProjectSF LGBT Center

 

 

BOYS IN TROUBLE  20-City Tour Calendar

VenueDates
Z Space (San Francisco, CA)April 19-21, 2018
Reston Arts Center (Reston, VA)May 16, 2018
Dance Place (Washington, DC)May 19-20, 2018
Bates Dance Festival (Lewiston, ME)July 12 & 14, 2018
Kulturhuset Stadsteatern
(Stockholm, Sweden)
August 2, 2018
Young Auditorium (Whitewater, WI)October 16, 2018
John Michael Kohler Arts Center (Sheboygan, WI)Feb 11-15, 2019
Z Space (San Francisco, CA)March 14-16, 2019
Maui Arts & Cultural Complex (Maui, HI)April 11, 2019
Highways Performance Space (Los Angeles, CA)May 16-19, 2019
Texas Performing Arts at the University of Texas at Austin (Austin, TX)Sept 24-28, 2019
Velocity Dance Center (Seattle, WA)October 2019
7 Stages (Atlanta, GA)Fall 2019
San Jose State University (San Jose, CA)Fall 2019
Flynn Center for the Performing Arts (Burlington, VT)2019-20 TBA
Kelly-Strayhorn Theater (Pittsburgh, PA)2019-20 TBA
Other dates TBA
Check this calendar for updates on our other 2018-2020 tour dates or contact us with booking inquiries

 

BOYS IN TROUBLE was created with generous support from 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), National Performance Network, California Arts Council, Creative Work Fund (a program of the Walter and Elise Haas Fund supported by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation), Fleishhacker Foundation, Queer Cultural Center, Kenneth Rainin Foundation, San Francisco Arts Commission and the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation.

BOYS IN TROUBLE was commissioned by Bates Dance Festival, Dance Place (Washington, DC), Highways Performance Space (Los Angeles, CA), Maui Arts & Cultural Center (Maui, HI), Seven Stages (Atlanta, GA) and the Queer Cultural Center (San Francisco, CA).