by Sean Dorsey Dance

Photos: Lydia Daniller

“lush, expansive dance … poignant”

“a visually stunning, emotionally rich, and profoundly timely examination of masculinity and gender by one of the nation’s most visionary choreographers”
(Bay Times)

“poignant … Dorsey’s signature mix of happiness, heartbreak, confessional dialogue, salty language, goofy humor and gorgeous partnering”
(San Francisco Chronicle)



(Seattle, WA)

Dates: October 17-20, 2019
Time: Thursday OCT 17 / 7:30pm
Friday OCT 18 / 7:30pm
Saturday OCT 19 / 7:30pm
Sunday OCT 20 / 7:30pm
Venue: Velocity
1621 12th Ave.
Seattle, WA
Tickets: $15-$50


Don’t miss the Seattle premiere of BOYS IN TROUBLE, a new work by Sean Dorsey Dance. Our one week residency includes four performances at Velocity Dance Center and an artist workshop with trailblazing transgender choreographer Sean Dorsey.

BOYS IN TROUBLE is a timely and urgent commentary on contemporary masculinity – these powerful dances place a trans and queer lens onto intersectional questions of embodiment, violence, Black queer love, whiteness, shame and posturing.

BOYS IN TROUBLE is a fusion of full-throttle dance, risk-taking theater, raw emotion, irreverent humor, exquisite queer partnering and intimate storytelling … all performed with Sean Dorsey Dance’s signature technical precision, guts and deep humanity.

In turns powerful, explosive, irreverent, devastatingly honest, sensual and humorous, BOYS IN TROUBLE is a groundbreaking trans and queer examination of American masculinity’s deep roots in Trouble.

BOYS IN TROUBLE is performed by: Sean Dorsey, Brian Fisher, ArVejon Jones, Nol Simonse and Will Woodward. Original music composed by: Alex Kelly, Ben Kessler, Anomie Belle and LD Brown. Lighting Design by Clyde Sheets. Costume Design by Tiffany Amundson. Technical Direction by Emily Paulson.

Dorsey created BOYS IN TROUBLE over a 2-year period, after visiting communities across the US where he hosted community forums on Masculinity, recorded interviews, and taught free movement workshops for transgender, gender-non-conforming, cisgender, gay, bi, and queer people on the masculine spectrum.

Note: performance includes profanity and some themes of violence.

Sean Dorsey is celebrated as the nation’s first acclaimed transgender modern dance choreographer. His works have been praised as “exquisite…poignant and important” (BalletTanz), “trailblazing” (San Francisco Chronicle) and “evocative, compelling, elegant” (LA Weekly). Sean Dorsey Dance has toured to 30 cities across the US and internationally.

BOYS IN TROUBLE will tour to 20 cities across the US and internationally through 2021.  Contact us  to bring this work to your city or with inquiries.

BOYS IN TROUBLE – Community Sponsors:
San Francisco AIDS FoundationLavender Youth Recreation & Information Center (LYRIC)​TGI Justice Project (TGIJP)OpenhouseSan Francisco Women Against RapeCommunity United Against ViolenceTRANS:THRIVE, The Shanti Project, SF LGBT Center.




BOYS IN TROUBLE  20-City Tour Calendar

University of Southern California - Visions & Voices (Los Angeles, CA)February 8, 2020
New York Live Arts (New York, NY)January 12-14, 2020
San Jose State University (San Jose, CA)November 14-15, 2019
Velocity Dance Center (Seattle, WA)October 17-20, 2019
Texas Performing Arts at the University of Texas at Austin (Austin, TX)September 27, 2019
7 Stages (Atlanta, GA)September 12-15, 2019
Highways Performance Space (Los Angeles, CA)May 17-18, 2019
Maui Arts & Cultural Center (Maui, HI)April 11, 2019
Z Space - Sean Dorsey Dance’s 15th Anniversary Season (San Francisco, CA)March 14-16, 2019
John Michael Kohler Arts Center (Sheboygan, WI)Feb 11-15, 2019
APAP showcase at Live Artery @ New York Live Arts (New York, NY)January 6, 2019
Young Auditorium (Whitewater, WI)October 16, 2018
Kulturhuset Stadsteatern (Stockholm, Sweden)August 2, 2018
Bates Dance Festival (Lewiston, ME)July 12-14, 2018
Dance Place (Washington, DC)May 19-20, 2018
Reston Arts Center (Reston, VA)May 16, 2018
Z Space (San Francisco, CA)April 19-21, 2018


BOYS IN TROUBLE was created with generous support from 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), National Performance Network, California Arts Council, Creative Work Fund (a program of the Walter and Elise Haas Fund supported by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation), Fleishhacker Foundation, Queer Cultural Center, Kenneth Rainin Foundation, San Francisco Arts Commission and the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation.

BOYS IN TROUBLE was commissioned by Bates Dance Festival, Dance Place (Washington, DC), Highways Performance Space (Los Angeles, CA), Maui Arts & Cultural Center (Maui, HI), 7 Stages (Atlanta, GA) and the Queer Cultural Center (San Francisco, CA).