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THE SECRET HISTORY OF LOVE (20-city US tour)

“SAN FRANCISCO’S BEST DANCE COMPANY” -SF Weekly
“an epic work … powerful, moving, hilarious”
(Miami Herald)
“evocative, compelling, elegant”
(LA Weekly)
“trailblazing … powerful”
(Boston Bay Windows)
“poignant…heartbreak and eloquence”
(San Francisco Chronicle)
“wonderfully imaginative and powerful”
(The Advocate)
“inspired…charming, chilling, heart-rending”
(Miami Sun Post)
“virtuosic”
(SF Weekly)

WHERE THE SECRET HISTORY OF LOVE HAS BEEN … AND WHERE WE’RE GOING NEXT:

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (Dance Mission Theater)March 29-April 1, 2012
SANTA CRUZ, CA (University of Santa Cruz)May 5, 2012
MIAMI, FL (Out in the Tropics Festival - FundArte)May 12, 2012
BOSTON, MA (The Theater Offensive)May 17-19, 2012
SANTA MONICA, CA (Highways Performance Space)August 4-5, 2012
CHICAGO, IL (Links Hall)October 25-27, 2012
WHITEWATER, WI (Young Auditorium Theater)October 30, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO (Dance Mission Theater - home season)March 28-31, 2013
CHICO, CA (California State University, Chico)April 30, 2013
SAN JOSE, CA (University of San Jose)May 6, 2013
TAMPA, FL (Florida Dance Festival)June 27-29, 2013
SAN ANTONIO, TX (Jump-Start Performance Company)July 12-14, 2013
PHILADELPHIA, PA (The Painted Bride Art Center)October 11-14, 2013
NEW ORLEANS, LADecember 13, 2013
PITTSBURGH, PA (Kelly-Strayhorn Theater)April 5-6, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC (Joe's Movement Emporium - presented by Dance Place)May 9-10, 2014
ATLANTA, GA (7 Stages)May 22-25, 2014
NORTHAMPTON, CT (Smith College)September 30, 2014
OTHER CITIES TBA:

BOOKING AVAILABILITY THROUGH 2015
(contact us with booking inquiries)
 

ON TOUR NOW! After sold-out audiences and standing ovations in cities across the US, The Secret History Of Love continues its 20-city national tour. Don't miss this opportunity to see the award-winning work of Sean Dorsey Dance! Follow us as we tour: Join our email list. Booking inquiries are welcome through 2015.

The Secret History Of Love reveals the underground ways that LGBT people managed to survive and find love in decades past, despite tremendous obstacles. 1920′s speakeasies, wartime love affairs, police raids and steamy underground cabarets explode onstage in this powerful work by transgender trailblazer Sean Dorsey.

Dorsey created The Secret History Of Love through a 2-year LGBT Elders Oral History Project. The Secret History Of Love features the voices and remarkable real-life stories Dorsey recorded in these oral history interviews – along with powerful, moving and hilarious episodes from the LGBT community’s history of finding love and community, against enormous odds.

The Secret History Of Love features full-throttle dancing, riveting storytelling, luscious partnering, highly-physical theater and first-hand tales of tremendous risk, passionate love, impossible courage, heart-breaking loss, and bold resistance –revealing the great resiliency and strength of the human heart … even in the face of great danger and devastating violence.

The Secret History Of Love features a stellar cast of performers: Sean Dorsey, Juan De La Rosa, Brian Fisher, Nol Simonse and special musical guest Shawna Virago.

Dorsey says, “These stories belong to all of us, this is our shared history – everyone can relate to these profound, moving stories of love and perseverance.”

“The secret of Secret History is that it’s about all of us:
our vulnerability, our deep need to connect and the risks we take to do so,
how we’re all in the same rickety little boat, hoping to navigate to safe harbor.
It’s also about well-constructed dance, compelling storytelling,
and laugh-out-loud humor.”
(In Dance)
“the most imaginative and intriguing dance artist in the Bay Area” (Bay Area Reporter)
“exquisite…poignant and important” (BalletTanz)

The Secret History Of Love features original music by 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, Sound Engineering/Mixing by Laura Dean, Technical Direction by Emily Paulson.

The Secret History Of Love is available for tour bookings in 2014 and 2015: tours include a range of Community Engagement Residency activities. Contact us with booking inquiries. Follow us as we tour: Join our email list.

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

Sean Dorsey Dance is the resident dance company of Fresh Meat Productions. Fresh Meat Productions is an award-winning San Francisco non-profit arts organization that creates, presents and tours year-round transgender arts programs. Founded in 2002, Fresh Meat Productions’ programs include Sean Dorsey Dance, the popular annual Fresh Meat Festival of transgender and queer performance, and media arts events. Learn more at www.freshmeatproductions.org.

Read more about Sean Dorsey


The Secret History Of Love is presented by
Fresh Meat Productions and was created with generous support from the Queer Cultural Center, 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), 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 National Performance Network's Creation Fund and Performance Residencies, the San Francisco Arts Commission, The Theater Offensive (Boston), and Links Hall (Chicago).


Past Events

DateShowLocation
June 27, 2014 UNCOVERED: THE DIARY PROJECT – Miami Beach, Florida The Colony Theater
1040 Lincoln Road,
Miami Beach, Florida
June 19-21, 2014 FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL 2014 Z Space
450 Florida Street
San Francisco
May 22-25, 2014 THE SECRET HISTORY OF LOVE – 7 Stages (Atlanta, GA) 7 Stages

1105 Euclid Ave N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30307
May 9-10, 2014 THE SECRET HISTORY OF LOVE – Joe’s Movement Emporium (presented by Dance Place)(Washington, DC) Joe's Movement Emporium
3309 Bunker Hill Rd
Mt. Rainier, MD 20712
April 26, 2014 Sean Dorsey Dance performs at Dancing in the Park Music Concourse in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
April 24-26, 2014 SEAN DORSEY DANCE: 2014 Home Season Z Space
450 Florida Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
April 4-5, 2014 THE SECRET HISTORY OF LOVE – The Kelly-Strayhorn Theater (Pittsburgh, PA) Kelly-Strayhorn Theater
5941 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh PA 15206
Friday December 13, 2013 THE SECRET HISTORY OF LOVE (excerpts) 
NEW ORLEANS, LA The Civic Auditorium
(510 O'Keefe Avenue, New Orleans LA, 70113)
October 11-12, 2013 The Secret History of Love – The Painted Bride Art Center (Philadelphia, PA) Painted Bride Art Center
Philadelphia, PA
September 16, 2013 Sean Dorsey Dance at the West Wave Dance Festival Z Space
450 Florida Street
San Francisco, CA
July 11-14, 2013 THE SECRET HISTORY OF LOVE – San Antonio Tour Sterling Houston Theater
(at Jump-Start in the Blue Star Art Complex)
San Antonio, TX
June 27-29, 2013 THE SECRET HISTORY OF LOVE – Florida Dance Festival University of South Florida Theater
Tampa, FL
May 6, 2013 The Secret History of Love – San Jose Tour Morris Dailey Auditorium
San Jose State University
San Jose, CA 95192
April 30, 2013 THE SECRET HISTORY OF LOVE – Chico Tour Chico BMU Auditorium Theater
Chico State University
Chico, CA
April 29, 2013 Sean Dorsey Dance – All-Levels Dance Workshop Trinity United Methodist Church
285 East 5th Street, Chico, CA
October 22-27, 2012 The Secret History Of Love tours to Chicago and Whitewater, WI Links Hall, Chicago, IL
University of Whitewater, Whitewater, WI
August 5, 2012 FREE TRANS- AND QUEER-FRIENDLY DANCE WORKSHOP
WITH SEAN DORSEY DANCE
Highways Performance Space
1651 18th Street
Santa Monica, CA
August 4 - 5, 2012 THE SECRET HISTORY OF LOVE
at HIGHWAYS PERFORMANCE SPACE (SANTA MONICA, CA)
Highways Performance Space
1651 18th Street
Santa Monica, CA
September 14 – December 31, 2012 Sean Dorsey Featured on Muni Poster Campaign! San Francisco, CA
June 15-17, 2012 THE FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL 2012 Brava Theater
2781 24th Street
San Francisco
May 17 -19, 2012 THE SECRET HISTORY OF LOVE – Boston The Theater Offensive & Hibernian Hall
182 Dudley Street
Roxbury Crossing, MA
May 12, 2012 THE SECRET HISTORY OF LOVE – Miami Colony Theatre
1040 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL
May 5, 2012 THE SECRET HISTORY OF LOVE – Santa Cruz University of California Santa Cruz
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA
April 24, 2012 UNCOVERED: THE DIARY PROJECT
tours to Chico, CA
BMU Auditorium
Chico State University
Chico, CA
April 11-13, 2012 The Fresh Meat Tour San Jose State University
Claremont Colleges
March 29 – April 1, 2012 THE SECRET HISTORY OF LOVE 
SAN FRANCISCO, CA Z Space (450 Florida St, San Francisco, CA 94110)
March 29 - April 1, 2012 THE SECRET HISTORY OF LOVE
(world premiere)
Dance Mission Theater
San Francisco
December 18-21, 2011 SEAN DORSEY TRAVELS TO BOSTON Boston, MA
December 10, 2011 SEAN DORSEY DANCE PERFORMS IN TAMPA, FLORIDA NPN’s Annual Meeting
Tampa, Florida
August 14, 2001 Free Workshop with Transgender Dancer Sean Dorsey Highways Performance Space
1651 18th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404
August 12 & 13, 2011 UNCOVERED: THE DIARY PROJECT
at HIGHWAYS PERFORMANCE SPACE (SANTA MONICA, CA)
Highways Performance Space
1651 18th Street
At 18th Street Arts Center
Santa Monica, CA 90404
June 16 - 19, 2011 THE 10th ANNIVERSARY FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL Z Space @ Theater Artaud
San Francisco
April 29 - May 1, 2011 THE SECRET HISTORY OF LOVE: PART I Z Space at Theater Artaud
450 Florida Street
San Francisco
October 5, 2010 Sean Dorsey and Shawna Virago at Chico State BMU Auditorium
Chico State University
Chico CA
June 18 - 20, 2010 2010 Fresh Meat Festival Z Space @ Theater Artaud
450 Florida Street
San Francisco
March 20, 2010 SEAN DORSEY DANCE at THE DANCE MISSION BENEFIT Dance Mission Theater
San Francisco
February 4-7, 2010 UNCOVERED: THE DIARY PROJECT
Sean Dorsey Dance’s Fifth Anniversary Season
Dance Mission Theater
San Francisco
February 18, 2010 Artist Talk with Sean Dorsey at CIIS California Institute of Integral Studies
San Francisco
February 2, 2010 Uncovered: The Diary Project Presentation Hotel Nikko Ballroom
San Francisco
December 3-5, 2009 Sean Dorsey Dance at Fall(ing): An Evening of Contemporary Dance at USF USF
San Francisco
November 5-7, 2009 TRANNY FEST 2009 Mama Calizo's Voice Factory
San Francisco
July 30-August 2, 2009 UNCOVERED: THE DIARY PROJECT at
NEW YORK’S HOT! FESTIVAL
Dixon Place
New York City
June 24-28, 2009 SEAN DORSEY ON PBS/KQED-TV

June 18-21, 2009 FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL 2009 Project Artaud Theater
San Francisco
May 2, 2009 SEAN DORSEY DANCE at THE MAY DAY FESTIVAL CounterPULSE
San Francisco
March 6-14, 2009 FRINGES-MARGINS-BORDERS Tour Highways Performance Space,
Los Angeles
Sushi Performance & Visual Art,
San Diego
January 29 - February 1, 2009 Uncovered: The Diary Project Dance Mission Theater
San Francisco
June 19-22, 2008 2008 FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL Project Artaud Theater
San Francisco
June 18-21, 2008 SEAN DORSEY on KQED’s ‘SPARK’

November 16-18, 2007 LOST/FOUND Dance Mission Theater
San Francisco
November 30, 2007
December 1, 2007
CHOREOGRAPHING CHANGE Studio Theater at Lone Mountain
San Francisco
November 5, 2007 SEAN DORSEY’S THE OUTSIDER CHRONICLES in BARCELONA, SPAIN Mercat de Les Flors
Barcelona, Spain
September 20, 2007 SEAN DORSEY at the TEA PARTY MAGAZINE RELEASE CELEBRATION La Pena Cultural Center
Berkeley
June 14 - 16, 2007 Fresh Meat 2007 ODC Theater
San Francisco
November 16 - 30, 2006 The Outsider Chronicles – a photo exhibition by Lydia Daniller Dance Mission Theater
San Francisco
November 16 - 18 2006 The Outsider Chronicles Dance Mission Theater
San Francisco
July 22, 2006 Sean Dorsey performs at New York’s Fresh Fruit Festival Abingdon Theater
New York
July 11, 2006 Sean Dorsey at the WestWave Dance Festival Project Artaud Theater
San Francisco
June 15 - 17, 2006 Fresh Meat 2006 ODC Theater
San Francisco
March 24 - 25, 2006 Yerba Buena Presents: Sean Dorsey at Under the Radar II Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum
San Francisco
January 12, 20, 27, 2006 Sean Dorsey’s “6 Hours” at WOW Festival Dance Mission Theater
San Francisco
November 18-19, 2005 The Outsider Chronicles ODC Theater
San Francisco
June 16-18, 2005 Fresh Meat 2005 ODC Theater
3153 17th Street @ Shotwell
San Francisco
May 18, 2005 Trans/Giving in Los Angeles: A Night of Transgender Performance University of California Los Angeles
Feb 13, 2005 Sean Dorsey / Fresh Meat Productions at Genderqueers/Queer Genders Conference (University of Santa Barbara) Dance Mission
3316 24th St. @ Mission
San Francisco
Jan 14, 15, 21, & 23, 2005 Sean Dorsey’s “Second Kiss” at WOW Festival MultiCultural Center Theater
University of Santa Barbara
Nov 19, 2004 The Moving Shows: 848 13th Anniversary Show
(Dorsey guest performer)
848 Community Space
848 Divisadero
San Francisco
Oct 1-2, 2004 Fling Jon Sims Center
1519 Mission @ 11th
San Francisco
Sept 28, 2004 Viva Variety Buriel Clay Theater
762 Fulton Street
San Francisco
Sept 3 & 4, 2004 Gender Neutral: An Evening of Queer Art Rose Wagner Theater
Salt Lake City, Utah
Aug 10, 2004 Tickled Pink
Pink Vixen Productions
WISE Hall Theater
Vancouver, BC
June 17-19, 2004 Fresh Meat 2004 ODC Theater
3153 17th Street
San Francisco
January 23-24, 2004 Mesomorphic Thrust 848 Community Space
848 Divisadero
San Francisco
November 14, 2003 Hot Rods & Hot Pants
Fresh Meat at TrannyFest
Luna Sea Theater
2940 -16TH Street, 2nd floor
San Francisco
June 20-22, 2003 Fresh Meat 2003 ODC Theater
3153 17th Street
San Francisco
April 25 & 26, 2003 Migrations:
Sean Dorsey and Amy Seiwert
ODC Theater
3153 17th Street
San Francisco
November, 2002 Mediums Collide:
Artists Combined
Sini Anderson and Guests
Dance Mission Theater
3316 24th Street @ Mission
San Francisco
November 10, 2002 Performance Panopoly Jon Sims Center
1519 Mission St.
San Francisco
July, 2002 Loose Limbs (LadyFest) New College Theater
766 Valencia (@ 18th)
San Francisco
June 25 & 26, 2002 Fresh Meat 2002 ODC Theater
3153 17th Street
San Francisco