FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL 2016

15th ANNIVERSARY TRANSGENDER AND QUEER PERFORMANCE FESTIVAL 

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Dates:
Thursday-Saturday June 16-18, 2016
*ASL interpretation provided Fri June 17 *
* GALA! 15th Anniversary Gala Performance & Reception Sat June 18 *

Times:
All shows at 8pm

Venue:
Z Space
450 Florida Street (between 17th Street and Mariposa, San Francisco) [Map]

Tickets:
$15+ sliding scale
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Info:
www.freshmeatproductions.org

Join us as we celebrate 15 YEARS of transforming culture, empowering audiences, award-winning transgender and queer artistry, fighting for justice, and building community … Join us for the 15th Anniversary FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL!

Transgender opera stars, North America’s same-sex ballroom champions, a gender-bending boy band, trans modern dance, gay hula, voguing, queer bachata dance and more hit the stage at the 15th Anniversary FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL of transgender and queer performance. The FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL is the only event of its kind in the US, and is celebrated for its world-class artistry and sold-out crowds.

FRIDAY: ASL interpretation — let us know you’re coming! production@freshmeatproductions.org
SATURDAY: 15th Anniversary GALA Performance & Reception!
ALL NIGHTS: Post-show receptions every night with DJ, go-go dancers, photo booth, drinks & dancing!

 

PERFORMANCES BY:

Award-winning mixed-abilities dance by AXIS Dance Company
Soul-stirring opera by Breanna Sinclairé
Powerful wordsmith mestiza Elena Rose
Queer circus by India Davis (Topsy Turvy Queer Circus)
Queer bachata by champions Jahaira Fajardo & Angelica Medina
Vogue & performance superstars Jocquese Whitfield & Saturn Rising
Revolutionary storytelling & theater by Karen Anzoategui
World-class hula by Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu
Same-Sex Ballroom champions Robbie Tristan & Ernesto Palma
Trans/queer trailblazers Sean Dorsey Dance
Stunning trans-Americana singer-songwriter Shawna Virago
Powerful song siren Star Amerasu
Transgender folk-hearthrob StormMiguel Florez
Gender-bending boy band The Singing Bois
…and emcee Annalise Ophelian!

 

 

 

THURS JUNE 16

Opening Night

AXIS Dance Company
Breanna Sinclairé
Elena Rose
India Davis
Jahaira Fajardo & Angelica Medina
Jocquese Whitfield & Saturn Rising
Karen Anzoategui
Robbie Tristan & Ernesto Palma
Sean Dorsey Dance
Shawna Virago
Star Amerasu
StormMiguel Florez

FRI JUNE 17

ASL interpretation

AXIS Dance Company
Breanna Sinclairé
Elena Rose
Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu
Jahaira Fajardo & Angelica Medina
Jocquese Whitfield & Saturn Rising
Karen Anzoategui
Robbie Tristan & Ernesto Palma
Sean Dorsey Dance
Shawna Virago
Star Amerasu
StormMiguel Florez

SAT JUNE 18

15th Anniversary Gala

AXIS Dance Company
Breanna Sinclairé
Elena Rose
India Davis
Jahaira Fajardo & Angelica Medina
Jocquese Whitfield & Saturn Rising
Karen Anzoategui
Robbie Tristan & Ernesto Palma
Sean Dorsey Dance
Shawna Virago
Star Amerasu
The Singing Bois

 

15th Anniversary FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL Community Partners:
Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness CenterLavender Youth Recreation & Information Center (LYRIC)OpenhouseShanti ProjectTRANS: THRIVECommunity United Against ViolenceSan Francisco Women Against RapeTrans Employment Program, Good VibrationsTGI Justice Project, and Bad Flower Productions!

 

The FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL is a proud part of the 2016 National Queer Arts Festival! Read more about the Queer Cultural Center’s National Queer Arts Festival here….

 

ACCESS NOTES:
Z Space is a wheelchair accessible theater. Seating is provided on floor level for people using wheelchairs & scooters, as well as anyone who cannot climb stairs (there are stairs starting at row 2 to the back of the theater). Tickets are general seating: accessible seating will always be made available upon request at the door — it’s also super helpful if you’d like to RSVP ahead of time to production@freshmeatproductions.org

Bathrooms are wheelchair accessible and will be welcoming to all genders.

Friday June 17 performance will be ASL interpreted by Azora Telford; reserved ASL seating will be available. If you have questions or would like to request ASL reserved seating Friday June 17, please email: production@freshmeatproductions.org.

 

PERFORMER BIOS

AXIS Dance Company exists to change the face of dance and disability. Based in Oakland, CA, AXIS is one of the world’s most acclaimed and innovative ensembles of performers with and without disabilities. Under the Artistic Direction of Judith Smith, AXIS has toured nationwide and internationally. AXIS was featured twice on FOX TV’s So You Think You Can Dance and has been honored with 7 Isadora Duncan Dance Awards. www.axisdance.org

Breanna Sinclairé is a graduate from the California Institute of the Arts (Bachelor of Music) and a graduate from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Master’s Program in Opera. She is the first transgender woman to receive a Master’s Degree in the opera program at the Conservatory.  She has performed at the Academy of Sciences, Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theatre (Meredith Monk’s Songs of Ascension), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Zachary Sharrin’s Time Bodies), Fresh Meat Festival, Trans March, and has performed the National Anthem for the Oakland A’s.

Elena Rose: A sweet-talking monster at the microphone, Elena Rose rode stories out of rural Oregon and hasn’t stopped telling them since. She has traveled nationwide as an acclaimed preacher, poet, and educator, co-curated and headlined the National Queer Arts Festival show “Girl Talk: A Trans and Cis Women’s Dialogue,” and found her work serving those who live at the edges everywhere from bathroom mirrors to law school classrooms to protest marches.

India Davis (Artistic Director, Topsy Turvy Queer Circus)  is a multidisciplinary performer, choreographer and educator skilled in Aerial, Pole and Acrobatic arts and Dance. She is a founding member of Body Waves Dance collective and Artistic Director of Topsy Turvy Queer Circus. www.rubydiamondarts.com

Jahaira Fajardo & Angelica Medina both dance bachata with Inessence Dance Company in San Francisco. Angelica Medina also dances with Salsamania Dance Company.  In 2015, Jahaira & Angelica won 1st place in the Ladies Latin Dance Division at the World Latin Dance Cup, in Miami.

Karen Anzoategui is a genderqueer writer/performer/actor. Anzoategui’s solo show Ser! Won two LA Weekly awards, was a finalist in the DUTF in New York, and received an honorable mention as one of the best plays of 2015 by women and trans writers on the List by the Kilroys. Karen can also be seen on the Emmy-nominated original Hulu series, East Los High, as queer masculine-of-center character Daysi Cantu. www.karenanzoategui.com

Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu’s acclaimed dance company presents hula as a full theatrical experience that blends traditional and contemporary forms of Hawaiian dance. Founded in 1985 by Director/Kumu Hula Patrick Makuakāne, the company of 40 dancers is known for its unique contemporary style called hula mua, or “hula that evolves.” The style blends traditional movements with non-Hawaiian music like opera, electronic, dance, alternative, and pop. www.naleihulu.org

Robbie Tristan and Ernesto Palma are one of the world’s most successful Same Sex Ballroom duos:  they have won many National and International titles. They live in New York and perform all over the US. Robbie Tristan is a three-time World Champion and Gay Games Gold Medalist Same Sex Ballroom dancer. His non-profit organization, Dance of America Foundation, brings Ballroom Dance projects to at risk and LGBT youth. www.robbietristan.com/ Ernesto Palma has been named Same Sex Ballroom Latin Dance Champion for 4 years, and has appeared on the the Today Show, CW11 Tyra, Rover Berdi Show, and LOGO’s The A-List. www.ernesto-palma.com/

Sean Dorsey Dance – Sean Dorsey is a transgender choreographer and dancer, and the founder and Artistic Director of Fresh Meat Productions. He is currently touring his new work THE MISSING GENERATION to 20 cities across the US. Dorsey has been named in Dance Magazine’s 25 To Watch, named “San Francisco’s Best Dance Company” (SF Weekly), awarded 4 Isadora Duncan Dance Awards and the Goldie Award for Performance. Recently, he was named in American Theater Magazine as a Top Theater Artist To Watch. www.seandorseydance.com

Shawna Virago is a transgender trickster celebrated for her striking lyric-based songs. She has been featured in publications including Bitch, OUT, The Advocate and Curve magazines, on NPR, PBS and on left-of-the-dial radio. Her writing appears in Gender Outlaws: Next Generation and in several other anthologies. She is the Artistic Director of the San Francisco Transgender Film Festival. www.shawnavirago.com

Star Amerasu / AH-Mer-AH-Su: AH-Mer-AH-Su is the music project of interdisciplinary artist Star Amerasu, whose music and art is based upon her experiences living loud and proud as a queer black trans woman. Star has performed at the FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL, at the San Francisco Pride Trans March and on the Main Stage at Oakland Pride. www.makestarfamous.com

StormMiguel Florez: there are plenty of male folk-twang Americana singer songwriters who sing about love, oppression, assimilation, and growing up an outcast in the U.S. But not many of them can say they learned to write songs at Girl Scout camp. Florez’ work has been featured on NPR, and he has toured across the US, performed with the Tranny Roadshow, National Queer Arts Festival, San Francisco Trans March and many Bay Area venues. www.stormflorez.com

Part boy band, part Rat Pack, The Singing Bois create spaces for masculine of center musicians within new and classic styles such as doo-wop, jazz, barbershop, contemporary pop, R&B, and Latin genres. Twisting gender expectations, they blend musical precision, playful staging, and sexy swagger. Known for their unique interpretations of songs by everyone from Sam Cooke to Selena, The Singing Bois make audible a range of masculinities and tell queer, butch, and trans* stories through song. www.thesingingbois.com

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