THE SECRET HISTORY OF LOVE – Chicago, IL & Whitewater, WI

By Sean Dorsey Dance

in LINKS HALL (Chicago – October 25-27, 2012)
in WHITEWATER, WISCONSIN (October 30, 2012)

Sean Dorsey Dance

CHICAGO: October 25-27, 2012
Dates: Thurs-Sat October 25-27, 2012
Location: Links Hall
3435 North Sheffield Ave # 207
Chicago, IL 60657 [map]
Tickets: $15 / $12 / $10
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WHITEWATER, WI: October 30, 2012
Dates: Tuesday October 30, 2012
Location: University of Whitewater – Young Auditorium
930 West Main Street
Whitewater, WI 53190 [map]
Tickets: $20-30
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Fresh from sold-out runs in Boston, Miami, San Francisco and Los AngelesThe Secret History Of Love comes Chicago and Whitewater this October. DON’T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY to see the award-winning work of Sean Dorsey Dance!

Award-winning dance-theater trailblazer Sean Dorsey returns to the stage with a powerful new work. The Secret History Of Love is an evening-length suite of dances that reveals the underground ways that LGBT people managed to survive and love one another in decades past.

Dorsey has attracted national acclaim and audiences for his signature dance-narrative style. The Secret History Of Love employs full-bodied post/modern-dance, riveting storytelling, oral history interviews, physical theater and original music.

The Secret History Of Love was created during a 2-year national LGBT Elders Oral History Project. The voices and life stories of LGBT seniors that Dorsey recorded are heard and seen onstage.

An inter-generational cast of 5 dancer-performers embody the historic narratives – expressing intimate accounts of violence, first love, risk, loss and enduring relationships. The audience is immersed in a multi-layered soundscore featuring multiple voices, life stories, sounds and original music.

The first work of its kind in the U.S., The Secret History Of Love received major national commissions and will tour to cities including Boston, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Santa Cruz, Chico, Claremont, Philadelphia and San Antonio. Follow us as we tour: join our email list. Please contact us with booking inquiries.

From 1920’s speakeasies to wartime love affairs, from 1950s police raids to underground cabarets to passionate love letters, the “love that dared not speak its name” explodes onstage in this powerful dance-theater production featuring a stellar cast of dancer-performers: Sean Dorsey, Juan De La Rosa, Brian Fisher, Nol Simonse and Shawna Virago. 

The Secret History Of Love features full-bodied, luscious dancing and first-hand tales of great risk, passionate love, impossible courage, heart-breaking loss, and bold resistance – revealing the great resiliency and strength of the heart and spirit … even in the face of great danger and devastating violence.

With his signature fusion of modern dance, storytelling and theater, Sean Dorsey is blazing a trail celebrated by critics and sold-out audiences alike. He has been named “San Francisco’s Best Dance/Performance Company” (SF Weekly) and in the nation’s “Top 25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine. Dorsey has been awarded two Isadora Duncan Dance Awards, the Goldie Award for Performance, national commissions, and praise from New York to Los Angeles.

“the most imaginative and intriguing dance artist in the Bay Area” (Bay Area Reporter)
“breathtaking…tearjerking and hilarious” (San Francisco Bay Guardian)
“exquisite…poignant and important” (BalletTanz)
The Secret History Of Love features an outstanding cast of performers: Sean Dorsey, Juan De La Rosa, Brian Fisher, Nol Simonse and Shawna Virago. Original music by composed Jesse Olson Bay, Storm Miguel Florez, Alex Kelly, Ben Kessler, Jeffrey Alphonsus Mooney and Ramon and Jessica. Lighting Design by Clyde Sheets, Costume Design by Tiffany Amundson, Technical Direction by Emily Paulson.

The Secret History Of Love is presented by Fresh Meat Productions and was created with generous support from the Queer Cultural Center, the Creative Work Fund (a program of the Walter and Elise Haas Fund supported by generous grants from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and The James Irvine Foundation), the San Francisco Arts Commission, the National Performance Network’s Creation Fund, Links Hall (Chicago), The Theater Offensive (Boston), and 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).