By Sean Dorsey Dance
April 24, 2012
After taking San Francisco and New York by storm with sold-out runs and critical praise, the award-winning Uncovered: The Diary Project comes to UC Chico from San Francisco for ONE NIGHT ONLY.
Trailblazing transgender choreographer Sean Dorsey (winner of two Isadora Duncan Dance Awards and the Goldie Award for Performance) and a gorgeous cast of dancers chase the naked truth in Uncovered: The Diary Project. Using text from actual, real-life diaries of transgender and queer people, Uncovered’s powerful dances reveal lives and stories that history has tried to erase. Out spill diary secrets, bathhouse antics, outrageous love, pop idols, impossible courage and the importance of documenting and sharing LGBT history. See what PBS, NPR, in Out Magazine, The Advocate, Curve Magazine and many other publications have raved about…
Sean Dorsey Dance performing ‘Lou’(excerpts) from “Uncovered: The Diary Project”
Sean Dorsey Dance performs ‘Lou’ — a suite of dances choreographed by Sean Dorsey, based on the lifelong journals of Lou Sullivan (1951-1991), a pioneering female-to-male transgender and gay activist, writer and organizer. From Dorsey’s full-length concert Uncovered: The Diary Project.
This powerful concert is the culmination of a year-and-a-half long research process in which Dorsey uncovered and researched diaries of transgender and queer people – from the famous to the unknown. ‘Uncovered’ features ‘Lou’, a suite of dances based on the lifelong journals of Lou Sullivan (1951-1991), a pioneering transgender activist; and Lost/Found, the story of an imaginary boyhood based on a very real diary. ‘Uncovered’ offers an evening of full-bodied, powerful dances honoring remarkable life stories.
To create ‘Lou’, Dorsey researched the lifelong journals of Lou Sullivan (1951-1991), a transsexual gay man who lived and died in San Francisco and was a trailblazing activist, organizer and writer. Sullivan broke down countless barriers for transpeople and was a friend to hundreds and inspiration to thousands. Before his death, Sullivan bequeathed 30 years of his journals, letters and papers to the GLBT Historical Society in order to leave a companion for other transgender people, to educate and open minds, and to ensure that the progress he had struggled a lifetime for would not be lost. To create ‘Lou’, Dorsey researched this collection, compiled and distilled 30 years of Sullivan’s journal writings into an original soundscore, and choreographed a suite of dances based on Sullivan’s remarkable journey.
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‘Uncovered’ was generously commissioned by the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation and William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the San Francisco Arts Commission and the Queer Cultural Center.
Sean Dorsey is an award-winning choreographer and dancer. He has collaborated with artists including Kate Bornstein, the Wachowski Brothers (Directors, The Matrix) and Antony and the Johnsons. Dorsey is also the founder and Artistic Director of Fresh Meat Productions, the nation’s first and only nonprofit creating and presenting year-round transgender arts programs. Read more about Sean Dorsey.