APAP SHOWCASE at New York Live Arts


Sunday, January 6 12pm – 1pm




(Live Artery @ New York Live Arts)

DATE/TIME: Sunday, January 6, 2019
12pm – 1pm
VENUE: New York Live Arts Studios
219 W 19th Street, New York, NY 10011
DIRECTIONS: Subway 1 to 18th Street
2/3, F, M, L and A/C/E to 14th Street
(Chelsea district of New York City)



Sean Dorsey’s timely and urgent commentary on contemporary masculinity places a trans and queer lens onto intersectional questions of embodiment, violence, Black queer love, whiteness, shame and posturing in BOYS IN TROUBLE.

Recognized as the nation’s first acclaimed transgender modern dance choreographer, Sean Dorsey’s ability to bring us into conversation with toxic masculinity, the trans revolution, white supremacy and attacks on trans bodies and civil liberties manifest in his latest work.

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

BOYS IN TROUBLE premiered in San Francisco in April 2018 and is now on a 20-city international tour through 2021 with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, National Dance Project and National Performance Network. BOYS IN TROUBLE was commissioned by Bates Dance Festival, Dance Place, 7 Stages, Maui Arts & Cultural Center, the Queer Cultural Center and Highways Performance Space. The project travels with extensive community engagement activities. Read more about Sean Dorsey.

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

With his award-winning fusion of contemporary dance, storytelling and theater, SEAN DORSEY is blazing a trail celebrated by critics and sold-out audiences alike. Dorsey has been named “San Francisco’s Best Dance Company” (SF Weekly) and named in Dance Magazine’s “Top 25 to Watch.”

Dorsey has been awarded four Isadora Duncan Dance Awards and the Goldie Award for Performance. BOYS IN TROUBLE has been nominated for three Isadora Duncan Dance awards.

In June 2018, Dorsey became the first US transgender dance artist ever presented by the Joyce Theater, when the Joyce presented Sean Dorsey Dance’s THE MISSING GENERATION as part of a 20-city international tour.

Sean Dorsey Dance’s award-winning, multi-generational ensemble performs these athletic dances with gusto – moving seamlessly between full-throttle dancing, live speaking and intimate storytelling.

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, recorded interviews, and taught free movement workshops with transgender,
gender-nonconforming and masculine-of-center queer people. Dorsey was an artist-in-residence at the San Francisco LGBT Community Center and the Queer Cultural Center during the creation of BOYS IN TROUBLE.

Read more about Sean Dorsey.



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).