THE 2011 FRESH MEAT TOUR — 4 Festive Days of Everything Transgender and Queer

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Sean Martinfield
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The 2011 FRESH MEAT TOUR is an explosion of transgender politics, performance and dance and features award-winning choreographer Sean Dorsey and provocative folk-punk musician Shawna Virago. Sean and Shawna have been profiled in Out Magazine, Curve Magazine, PBS and NPR – and have played to sold-out audiences from New York to Los Angeles. They’ve collaborated with artists including Kate Bornstein, the Wachowski Brothers (directors, The Matrix) and Antony and the Johnsons. Sean and Shawna have facilitated hundreds of LGBT workshops, trainings and regularly host panel discussions and Q&A’s pre-or-post-show.

Performances are at Z Space @ Theater Artaud – located in San Francisco at 450 Florida Street between 17th Street and Mariposa.There are four performances only – Thursday, June 16th through Sunday, June 19th.

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FRESH MEAT TOUR
Brian Fisher, Nol Simonse, Sean Dorsey, Juan de la Rosa

Outrageously popular, artistically outstanding, powerful and always delicious, The Fresh Meat Festival is the nation’s premiere transgender and queer performance festival.  This year, Fresh Meat celebrates its 10th Anniversary with a BANG and an all-star lineup! The Fresh Meat Festival is proud to present America’s Best Dance Crew superstars VOGUE EVOLUTION in their first Bay Area appearance! Don’t miss this 4-shows-only engagement with the nation’s fiercest vogue crew. (Advance tickets recommended.) Special guests top a massive 10th Anniversary lineup including Vogue Evolution (New York), Robbie Tristan and Willem DeVries (Los Angeles), Sean Dorsey Dance, the Gay Asian Pacific Alliance Men’s Chorus, Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu, Shawna Virago, Cohdi Harrell (New Mexico), StormMiguel Florez, Natasha Muse, Emily Leap and Amir Rabiyah!

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VOGUE EVOLUTION

Fresh Meat Productions builds community through the arts by creating, presenting and touring year-round transgender arts programs. They are the first and only organization of their kind in the nation. Fresh Meat’s programs include the annual Fresh Meat Festival of transgender and queer performance, Sean Dorsey Dance’s local and touring performances, and media arts events. Founded by Artistic Director Sean Dorsey, Fresh Meat Productions celebrates its Tenth Anniversary Season this year.

MEET THE ARTISTS

SHAWNA VIRAGO is a celebrated San Francisco based musician and activist. Miss Virago is a singer/songwriter whose music twists together folk punk and roots music creating anthems for a new generation. Her songs are raw observations about survival in a predatory world, sticking up for the underdog, queer love and gender outlaws. Her performances are celebrated for their compelling mix of original songs, storytelling and standup. A longtime favorite in San Francisco’s underground transgender music scene, Virago’s songs are known for her irony laced lyrics that range from sexy to sarcastic, polemic to political, haunting to heartfelt. Her songs dig deep at police brutality, the economic marginalization of transgender people and life lived on the sweet continuum of being transgender.

SEAN DORSEY is an award-winning San Francisco-based choreographer and dancer. Recognized as the nation’s first acclaimed transgender modern dance choreographer, Dorsey has won over audiences and accolades from San Francisco to New York with his powerful dances that provide a window into transgender and queer experience. Dorsey’s celebrated style is a fusion of dance, storytelling and theater. He has gained national attention for demystifying modern dance with his highly accessible, articulate, deeply moving work that is followed by transgender, queer and straight audiences alike. Dorsey is creating a new concert of work commissioned by the National Performance Network, the San Francisco Arts Commission and the Creative Work Fund. He has received commissions from the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation, San Francisco Arts Commission, Queer Cultural Center and National Queer Arts Festival. Dorsey has been awarded two Isadora Duncan Dance Awards and the Goldie Award for Performance. He was recently named one of Dance Magazine’s top “25 to Watch”.

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SEAN DORSEY and SHAWNA VIRAGO

COHDI HARRELL (New Mexico) is an acrobatic performer and trapeze artist whose unique style of acrobatics has brought him international attention and into a myriad of projects and collaborations. He is currently involved in an ongoing project, Red Room; a queer cabaret in Zagreb, Croatia; and will be joining the Santa Fe Opera for their summer season.

ROBBIE TRISTAN and WILLEM DE VRIES (Los Angeles) are one of the world’s most successful Same Sex Ballroom duos: they have both won World Champion titles and together they hold a Gay Games Silver medal. They perform Latin Ballroom all over the United States and Europe. William de Vries appeared on ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ where he made a statement for the rights of same-sex partners to be able to dance, compete, and be treated equally and fairly, judged solely on their technique rather than on their sex or sexual preference. He holds U.S., British and Philadelphia DanceSport champion titles and has worked with Vanessa Williams, Gilles Marini, Melissa Rycroft and Kate Walsh. Robbie Tristan has won European and U.S. World Champion titles and has been featured on NBC, Good Day LA, LA Times Magazine and LA Weekly as one of the up and coming people in LA.

NATASHA MUSE is the winner of the 2010 “Battle of the Bay Comedy Competition” and is guaranteed to be at least the second-funniest transsexual you know. She performs at San Francisco Punchline, Purple Onion and other leading comedy clubs in the Bay Area. Natasha is the host and producer of San Francisco’s long-running underground hit “A Funny Night for Comedy,” and the podcast “Too Soon.”

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Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu

NĀ LEI HULU I KA WĒKIU was founded in 1985 by Patrick Makuakane.  The award-winning company of dancers is known for its unique contemporary style called hula mua, or “hula that evolves.” The style blends traditional movements with non-Hawaiian music like opera, electronic, dance, alternative, and pop. Both hula mua and traditional pieces are showcased in the company’s captivating productions.

GAPA MEN’S CHORUS gives voice to queer Asian Pacific men through song. A celebrated cultural component of the Gay Asian Pacific Alliance (GAPA), the Chorus was formed in 1989 and boasts a multilingual repertoire that includes songs in Mandarin, Tagalog, Japanese, Vietnamese, Korean, Indonesian, Hawaiian, Latin, French, Spanish, Italian and English.

STORMMIGUEL FLOREZ is a Mexican-American singer/songwriter, queer erotic performance artist, published writer and live trans sex show producer. As co-creator of Trans as F*ck and leader of queer ritual, he works to integrate transgender and people of color activism with sexiness and connection to the planet.

AMIR RABIYAH has performed and read his poetry, fiction and non-fiction all over the US. Amir has been published in Mizna, Riffrag, Tea Party Magazine, Left Turn Magazine and Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation.  He featured with the Men’s Story Project in Berkeley, a performance and dialogue performance project which explores and deconstructs social ideas about masculinity.

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