The day after Sean Dorsey’s very first dance at dance school, the school’s director “informed me that my work, quote, ‘made people very uncomfortable.'” This, despite the fact that “immediately after the performance, I got all kinds of love and praise from local choreographers and dancers and all these people, most of whom were straight.”

Dorsey didn’t let the director’s discomfort dissuade him. The San Francisco-based dancer/choreographer has gone on to make it his mission to “bring transgender and queer bodies and stories into modern and contemporary dance,” and in ways that “are not abstract or pretentious, [but] powerful and moving and completely accessible to all audiences.”

The Secret History of Love

The Secret History of Love

(Photo by Lydia Daniller)

His nearly decade-old company Sean Dorsey Dance is now set to make its D.C. debut with The Secret History of Love, a “full-throttle dance exploration” into how earlier queer generations “managed to survive and find love” — despite rampant disapproval and harassment.  Read more…