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SAN FRANCISCO, CA: Fresh Meat Festival Announces 2019 Line-up!

SAN FRANCISCO, CA: Fresh Meat Festival Announces 2019 Line-up!


Artistic director & Producer of Fresh Meat Productions: Sean Dorsey


Z Space (450 Florida Street, between 17th Street and Mariposa)
San Francisco, CA


Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 8:00pm daily through June 22, 2019



Artistic director & Producer of Fresh Meat Productions: Sean Dorsey


San Francisco’s 18th annual three-day arts festival of transgender and queer performance to feature

Tickets on sale now - Z Space San Francisco, June 20-22 only

SAN FRANCISCO (Monday, May 6, 2019) – The FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL (Sean Dorsey, artistic director; Fresh Meat Productions, producer) today announced its 2019 artist line-up for the 18th annual multi- disciplinary arts festival of transgender and queer performance, showcasing dance, theater, comedy and live music. The wildly popular three-day festival performs June 20-22 only at Z Space (450 Florida Street, between 17th Street and Mariposa).

Featuring edgy, exquisite and extraordinary performances by fourteen gender-nonconforming, transgender and queer artists and ensembles from the Bay Area and across the U.S., the 2019 FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL line-up encompasses various performance genres including modern dance, voguing, bachata and works from disabled dance pioneers; theater and comedy; and live music ranging from a queer retro boy band, choral singing to folk-punk and contemporary/R&B.


Featured artists include:

Deaf dance pioneers, world champion bachata dancers, trans-Americana music, queer retro boy band, gender-defying choir, Sean Dorsey Dance ensemble and more African-American deaf dance trailblazer Antoine Hunter, vogue dance superstars Dena Stanley & House of Mizrahi Dancers, harmonies by the Gay Asian Pacific Alliance Men’s Chorus, poetry and dance by J Mase III & Randy Ford, integrated/disabled dance pioneers AXIS Dance Company, queer bachata dance champions *Jahaira Fajardo & Angelica Medina, cutting-edge performance artists Javier Stell-Fresquez & Ivy Monteiro, comedy-storytelling by Lottie Riot, the groundbreaking New Voices Bay Area TIGQ Chorus, trans/queer modern dance by the pioneering, multi-generational ensemble, Sean Dorsey Dance (celebrating its 15th anniversary year), folk-punk music by the legendary Shawna Virago, multi-disciplinary music superstar *Star Amerasu, contemporary/R&B songs by *Tajah J, and queer retro quartet, *The Singing Bois.

[*Editor note: This year’s festival features the world premiere of original works by Jahaira Fajardo & Angelica Medina, Star Amerasu, Tajah J and the The Singing Bois, commissioned exclusively by Fresh Meat Productions as part of its FRESH WORKS! program for trans and queer artists of color.]

FOR PERFORMING ARTIST BIOS, NIGHTLY FESTIVAL LINE-UP AND MORE INFORMATION, visit http://freshmeatproductions.org/fresh-meat-festival-2019/.

FOR TICKETS VISIT: http://www.zspace.org/fresh-meat-2019. All performances begin at 8 PM and will be ASL interpreted.

*Included in ticket entry is the popular FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL tradition of a post-performance venue after-party with the performing artists, featuring DJ Frida Ibarra, go-go dancers, the signature Fresh Meat photo booth, refreshments and more.


Sean Dorsey curates the annual FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL of transgender and queer performance in San Francisco. Now in its 18th year with an international following, the annual three-day festival of dance, theater, comedy and live music will present 14 gender-nonconforming, transgender and queer artists and ensembles from across the U.S.

The FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL is one of the year-round programs of the San Francisco nonprofit, Fresh Meat Productions. Founded by Sean Dorsey in 2002, the organization’s mission is to invest in the creative expression and cultural leadership of transgender and gender-nonconforming communities through year- round transgender arts programs, including works by its resident company, Sean Dorsey Dance. For more information, visit www.freshmeatproductions.org.



SEAN DORSEY (founder and artistic director, Sean Dorsey Dance, now in its 15th anniversary year) is an award-winning San Francisco-based choreographer, dancer, writer and trans activist. Recognized as the nation’s first critically-acclaimed transgender choreographer in modern dance, Dorsey has toured his work to 30 U.S. cities and abroad. With a career spanning more than 20 years, Dorsey has been awarded four Isadora Duncan Dance Awards and the Goldie Award for Performance. He has been named as “25 to Watch” (Dance Magazine) and “Top Theater Artist to Watch” (American Theatre Magazine) and as “San Francisco’s Best Dance Company” (SF Weekly). Dorsey is the first U.S. transgender artist ever presented by The Joyce Theater (NYC), American Dance Festival, Bates Dance Festival, and on more than 30 major stages across the US.

Dorsey’s dances are powerful explorations of human experience. His works are a fusion of full-throttle dance, luscious partnering, intimate storytelling and theater. Highly physical, accessible, rooted in story, and danced with precision and guts and deep humanity, Dorsey’s works have been praised as “exquisite...poignant and important” (Germany’s Ballet/Tanz), “trailblazing” (San Francisco Chronicle) and “evocative, compelling, elegant” (LA Weekly).

Dorsey is a national leader in the fight for Trans Equity in dance. Dorsey is the founder and artistic director of Fresh Meat Productions, the nation’s first organization to create, present and tour year-round multidisciplinary transgender arts programs. Fresh Meat’s award-winning programs include its annual Fresh Meat Festival of transgender and queer performance (June); resident dance company Sean Dorsey Dance (San Francisco home season performances and touring engagements); national LGBTQ community residencies; TRANSform Dance, a national education, engagement and advocacy program supporting trans equity in dance; and arts services for emerging transgender artists and arts organizations. For more information, visit SeanDorseyDance.com.


Antoine Hunter at the FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL. Photo: RJ Muna.

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