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Sean Dorsey Dance Returns to Pittsburgh

The Missing Generation explores the stories of longtime survivors of the early AIDS epidemic.


PITTSBURGH, PA (March 23, 2016) — Kelly Strayhorn Theater (KST) is proud to present Sean Dorsey Dance in The Missing Generation, a poignant work of dance-theater that weaves lush movement, eloquent gestures and recorded histories to reveal the remarkable lives—and document the massive loss—of gay and transgender people during the early AIDS crisis. Performances take place at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 8 and Saturday, April 9, 2016 at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater. Tickets are Pay What Makes You Happy, allowing audiences to pay any price for a ticket. Purchases can be made online at, by phone at 412-363-3000 or at the door.

Described by the San Francisco Bay Times as “heartbreakingly beautiful—a dance portrait of contemporary LGBT history that is profoundly relevant to all generations,” The Missing Generation features a multi-generational cast and incorporates interviews with long-time survivors that were recorded by Dorsey during the two-year creation process. The result is a breath-taking work of documentary dance-theater that pays tribute to the impact of the early AIDS crisis in the U.S., and serves as a powerful love letter to a generation.

In 2015, Sean Dorsey was celebrated by American Theatre "one of the nation’s first major transgender choreographers" and "one of twenty theater workers you should know." But Pittsburgh audiences were already aware of Dorsey's extraordinary artistry from an earlier work, The Secret History of Love, which was presented at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater in April 2014.

Part of a 20-city national tour, this week-long residency with Sean Dorsey Dance at KST also includes a master class for dancers and intergenerational community conversation with the artists of to all.

Made possible in part with support from the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Missing Generation was created with the generous support of the National Dance Project, National Endowment for the Arts, National Performance Network, Kenneth Rainin Foundation, Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, San Francisco Arts Commission, Bates Dance Festival (Lewiston), Dance Place (Washington DC), Queer Cultural Center (San Francisco), 7 Stages (Atlanta), and The Theater Offensive (Boston).


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Sean Dorsey Dance The Missing Generation
Friday, April 8 and Saturday, April 9, 2016
Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Avenue
8p Showing | 7p Pre-show Mixer each night

Tickets: Pay What Makes You Happy | Purchase at


Master Class: Contemporary Dance Technique
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
10:00a-12:00p :: Includes Complimentary Luncheon with Artists
KST’s Alloy Studios, 5530 Penn Avenue
Pay What Makes You Happy | Register at

artSEEDS: Generations Conversation
Saturday, April 9, 2016
Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Avenue
Pay What Makes You Happy | Register at

[For more information on artSEEDS programs, contact Desiree Lee at]


Sean Dorsey is an award-winning dancer and choreographer from San Francisco. As the nation’s first acclaimed transgender modern dance choreographer, Dorsey has won audiences from San Francisco to New York with his powerful dances that explore transgender and queer experience. Dorsey is passionate about demystifying modern dance and making it not only accessible, but relevant to transgender LGBT communities. Sean is also the founder and director of Fresh Meat Productions, a San Francisco nonprofit that creates and presents year-round transgender arts programs.

Sean Dorsey Dance is the resident dance company of Fresh Meat Productions. Fresh Meat Productions is supported by the California Arts Council, Creative Capacity Fund, Grants for the Arts, Walter and Elise Haas Fund, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Horizons Foundation, James Irvine Foundation, National Dance project, National Endowment for the Arts, National Performance Network, New England Foundation for the Arts, Kenneth Rainin Foundation, Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco Foundation and Zellerbach Family Foundation. 



Kelly Strayhorn Theater (KST) uses the arts as a catalyst for community revitalization, and plays a key role in the transformation of East Liberty and nearby neighborhoods. In its 14th year as an organization, and eighth season of original programming, KST continues to demonstrate its commitment to Pittsburgh artists and audiences, supporting the presentation of risk-taking new work by emerging artists and arts organizations. KST operates two professionally-equipped venues along the Penn Avenue arts corridor. The historic Kelly Strayhorn Theater (formerly the Regent Theatre, 1914) is a 350-seat multi-arts venue, and the last survivor of East Liberty’s nine original theaters. Noted Pittsburghers and KST namesakes Gene Kelly and Billy Strayhorn are among the 80 area artists honored in the theater’s Gallery of Stars. Just blocks away, KST’s Alloy Studios play host to intimate performance events and provide creative space for artist residencies, Alloy School dance classes, and performance rehearsals, as well as community art and music programs.

Major funding for KST Presents is provided by The Heinz Endowments, Richard King Mellon Foundation, The Benter Foundation, The Pittsburgh Foundation, and Allegheny Regional Asset District.

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