“A powerful blend of utterly gut-wrenching storytelling and sophisticated movement.”
“Heartbreakingly beautiful – a dance portrait of contemporary LGBT history that is profoundly relevant to all generations.”
(SF Bay Times)
“gut-wrenching, heart-breaking, and spirit-lifting”
(Portland Sun Journal)
THE MISSING GENERATION is a new dance-theater work that gives voice to longtime survivors of the early AIDS epidemic. This powerful show is a love letter to a forgotten generation of survivors – those who witnessed and experienced the loss of part of an entire generation of gay and transgender people to AIDS in the 1980s and 1990s.
Sean Dorsey created the work over a 2-year period by conducting oral history interviews with longtime survivors of the early AIDS epidemic, doing archival research, and hosting Community Residencies in 6 cities across the US. Read more about “THE MISSING GENERATION LGBT/AIDS Oral History Project”.
THE MISSING GENERATION features full-throttle dance, luscious partnering, intimate storytelling and theater – performed by Dorsey’s stellar, multi-generational ensemble of dancers: Sean Dorsey, Brian Fisher, ArVejon Jones and Nol Simonse. Sean Dorsey is an award-winning transgender and queer choreographer who has toured his work to 25 cities across the US.
Dorsey created a lush multi-layered soundscore featuring the voices and remarkable real-life stories recorded in these oral history interviews, Dorsey’s own writing, and original music from a stellar team of composers: Alex Kelly, Jesse Olsen Bay, Ben Kessler, and Jeffrey Alphonsus Mooney.
From 2015-2017, THE MISSING GENERATION will tour to 20 cities across the US during week-long Community Residencies that will feature community conversations; master classes; free trans-friendly dance workshops; “Dance Your Story” self-expression workshops for LGBTQ people and people living with HIV/AIDS; and other custom-designed residency activities.
To get tour dates, check out Tour Info below, or visit our Calendar Page to learn about our upcoming tours and Community Residencies. Join our email list to receive upcoming news about our performances, tours and teaching.
THE MISSING GENERATION national tour will include: Bates Dance Festival (Lewiston), Dance Place (Washington DC), 7 Stages (Atlanta), The Theater Offensive (Boston), The Kelly-Strayhorn Theater (Pittsburgh), Young Auditorium (Whitewater, Wisconsin), Maui Arts & Cultural Center (Maui), Out In The Tropics (Miami), Smith College (Northampton) and many others.
Contact Sean Dorsey Dance’s General Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org with booking, teaching and residency inquiries.
If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation toward this groundbreaking project, please contact our Production Coordinator: email@example.com or make a donation online.
THE MISSING GENERATION was created with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, National Dance Project, New England Foundation for the Arts, National Performance Network, Kenneth Rainin Foundation, San Francisco Arts Commission, Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, Queer Cultural Center (San Francisco), Bates Dance Festival (Lewiston), Dance Place (Washington DC), 7 Stages (Atlanta), The Theater Offensive (Boston), and generous individual donors.
THE MISSING GENERATION – Community Sponsors:
The GLBT Historical Society, TGI Justice Project (TGIJP), The Shanti Project, Openhouse, National AIDS Memorial Grove, Bay Area Young Positives, Inc., San Francisco AIDS Foundation, Lavender Youth Recreation & Information Center (LYRIC)
THE MISSING GENERATION: 20-CITY TOUR!
THE MISSING GENERATION is available for tour bookings during 2015-2017: tours include a range of Community Engagement Residency activities. Contact us with booking inquiries. Follow us as we tour: Join our email list
|Bates Dance Festival|
|July 16 & 18, 2015
THE MISSING GENERATION
Schaeffer Theater (7:30pm)
June 26-July 17, 2015
Dorsey teaches daily classes
|October 11-14, 2015|
|The Theater Offensive|
|October 22-25, 2015|
|February 1-7, 2016|
|March 28-April 3, 2016|
|April 4-10, 2016|
|Z Space - SDD Home Season|
(San Francisco, CA)
|May 5-7, 2016|
|Highways Performance Space|
(Santa Monica, CA)
|May 27-28, 2016|
|UVIC Farquhar Auditorium Theater|
(Victoria BC, Canada)
|July 8, 2016|
(San Jose, CA)
|October 8, 2016|
|February 15-17, 2017|
|Maui Arts & Cultural Center|
|March 2, 2017
|American Dance Festival|
|July 5-6, 2017|
|October 14, 2017|
|Flynn Center for the Performing Arts|
|October 20, 2017|
|Velocity Dance Center|
|May 3-6, 2018|
|The Joyce Theater|
(New York, NY)
|June 20-23, 2018|
|Walton Arts Center (Fayetteville, AR)||January 23, 2020|
|Additional cities and dates to be announced...|