Uncovered: The Diary Project
Named San Francisco’s Best Dance / Performance Company
– SF Weekly
Named in the “Top Dances of The Year”
– San Francisco Bay Guardian
– San Francisco Bay Times
“deeply felt, splendidly shaped…aches with beauty and grief”
– San Francisco Bay Guardian
“the most imaginative and intriguing dance artist in the Bay Area”
– Bay Area Reporter
Trailblazing transgender choreographer Sean Dorsey (winner of two Isadora Duncan Dance Awards and the Goldie Award for Performance) and a stellar 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, devastating truths, bathhouse antics, outrageous love, pop idols, misadventures, great courage and the importance of documenting and sharing LGBT history.
This powerful, highly praised 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 Bay Area transsexual gay man and pioneering 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 literally 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 transsexual and 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.
‘Uncovered: The Diary Project’ features an outstanding cast of performers: Sean Dorsey, Brian Fisher, Juan de la Rosa and Nol Simonse. Original score features music by Storm Florez, Alex Kelly, Ben Kessler and Shawna Virago. Lighting Design by Clyde Sheets; Costume Design by Mark Koss. ‘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. “I’m an elder of the transgender community, and Sean Dorsey is my pride and joy. His sensitivity to the pain that comes with transformation is as compassionate as any Zen master’s. His deadpan comic timing, his skill at seduction, his charm and boyish sexiness all make us – his audience – love him all the more. Dorsey choreographs and performs…with a skill that rivals Mark Morris.” – Kate Bornstein
Sean Dorsey is an award-winning choreographer and dancer and the founder and Artistic Director of Fresh Meat Productions. Recognized as the nation’s first out transgender choreographer, Dorsey’s acclaimed work is a powerful fusion of dance, storytelling and theater and is creating new space for transgender and queer bodies and stories in modern dance.Read more about Sean Dorsey at www.freshmeatproductions.org.
‘Uncovered: The Diary Project’ is the subject of national attention including feature articles in the Time Out New York, Out Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, In Dance, Curve Magazine, the SF Weekly, SF Appeal and on TV’s Culture Wire. Watch video of the show.
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SEAN DORSEY DANCE PERFORMS ‘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 gay activist, writer and organizer. From Dorsey’s full-length concert Uncovered: The Diary Project (2010).