Jaw-dropping vogue dance, boundary-breaking hip-hop, transgender opera, world champion gay ballroom, queer bomba dance, gender-bending boy bands and more hit the stage at the FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL of transgender and queer performance -- the nation’s most celebrated trans and LGBT performance festival ( at Z Space, SF).
THE FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL
is the artistic antidote to Trump!
world-premiere-packed festival features
jaw-dropping vogue dance, gender-bending boy bands,
transgender opera, boundary-breaking hip-hop,
world champion gay ballroom,
queer bomba dance & music
TheFRESH MEAT FESTIVAL offers Bay Area audiences the artistic antidote to the Trump administration– with fierce, exquisite, unapologetic trans and queer performance that is insightful, sassy, sexy and soul-feeding.Artistic Director Sean Dorsey curated this year’s special lineup of trailblazing and award-winning performers specifically to rise and stand up to the racist, trans/homophobic, anti-immigrant Trump administration:Dorsey says, “This year’s FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL artist lineup will make Republicans overheat their little engines – 3 nights of fierce, proud and outrageously talented transgender and LGBT artists speaking our truths and declaring justice as our birthright.”“I curated this special lineup as a love letter to LGBTQ communities – to give us much-needed spiritual nourishment, comic relief, sass, mood elevation, love and power in the face of the Republicans’ continued attacks on our communities,” he adds.
This at Z Space, the FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL features our biggest lineup ever – featuring some of the nation’s most history-making, trailblazing transgender and queer artists, featuring performances by: Breanna Sinclairé, Devi Peacock, Elena Rose, Embodiment Project, Ernesto Palma & Robbie Tristan, House Of Energi, Jahaira & Angelica, Rotimi Agbabiaka, Shawna Virago, Sean Dorsey Dance, StormMiguel Florez, Tajah J, Taller Bombalele, and emcee Annalise Ophelian! Check website for nightly lineup.
THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL FEATURES:
- a world premiere by House Of Energi that calls up and honors the legendary founders of vogue’s Houses
- world premiere duet by world same-sex ballroom champions Robbie Tristan & Ernesto Palma
- powerful hip-hop dance-theater by Embodiment Project about the ‘school-to-prison’ pipeline facing communities of color in America
- new dances by Sean Dorsey Dance navigating queer & trans masculinitiesThe FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL is the only event of its kind in North America – and is celebrated for its world-class artistry and sold-out crowds. The FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL’s transgender focus and leadership is especially powerful this year – in the face of anti-transgender bills and backlash across the US.Dorsey adds, “Transgender and LGBTQ people are under attack right now all across the US, with anti-transgender bathroom bills and hate-fueled campaigns. The FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL is a joyful call to action, a celebration of world-class artistry by transgender, non-binary and queer artists. This year’s FESTIVAL is an ecstatic affirmation that we are beautiful and powerful!”
- Soul-stirring opera by Breanna Sinclairé
- Sweet-talking trans mestiza Elena Rose
- Anthemic Americana singer-songwriter Shawna Virago
- Folk-hearthrob StormMiguel Florez
- Trans/queer trailblazers Sean Dorsey Dance
- Queer bachata by Jahaira Fajardo & Angelica Medina
- Same-Sex Ballroom world champions Robbie Tristan & Ernesto Palma
- Cutting-edge humorist storyteller Devi Peacock
- Hip Hop dance theater by Embodiment Project
- Jaw-dropping vogue by House Of Energi
- Award-winning theater by Rotimi Agbabiaka
- Contemporary R&B and Soul by Tajah J
- Bomba dance and music ensemble Taller Bombalele
- emcee Annalise Ophelian
Dorsey adds, “LGBTQ communities need this space and this Festival more than ever. So this year’s Festival has even more power and urgency behind it. And it’s our biggest lineup ever!”
“outstanding, joyful, irreverent” (Critical Dance)
“fierce and fine-tuned … history in the making” (Bay Area Reporter)
Advance tickets are recommended for this very popular 3-nights-only event. With this many big names on the marquee, these tickets will sell fast!
The FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL is the only event of its kind in North America and is presented by Fresh Meat Productions. The Festival is directed by Fresh Meat Productions’ founder and Artistic Director, award-winning transgender choreographer Sean Dorsey.
FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL Artistic Director Sean Dorsey says, “Vogue, opera, modern dance, bomba, boy bands, hip hop, bachata, theater, live music … there is literally something for EVERYONE at this Festival. Young or old, LGBT or straight, hip or traditional, there’s something for you at Fresh Meat. Everyone is welcome!”
ABOUT FRESH MEAT PRODUCTIONS:Fresh Meat Productions is a Bay Area nonprofit trans arts organization – and is the nation’s first arts organization to create, present and tour year-round transgender arts programs. This is our 16th annual season. Fresh Meat’s programs include the annual FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL, resident dance company Sean Dorsey Dance’s home season and national touring, and free LGBT Community Residencies and workshops. Fresh Meat Productions was founded by Sean Dorsey in 2002 to support transgender artists; build community, audiences and opportunities for transgender and queer arts; and promote dialogue and understanding through the arts.www.freshmeatproductions.org
Rotimi Agbabiaka is an actor, writer, director, and teaching artist who uses humor, glamor, and drama to challenge the status quo. He is a collective member of the San Francisco Mime Troupe and has performed in theaters, parks, museums, nightclubs and on screens all over the Bay Area and beyond. www.rotimionline.com
Angelica & Jahaira are Bachata dancers and instructors. They are trained by the prestigious Salsamania Dance Company and Inessence Dance Company. In 2015 Jahaira & Angelica won 1st place in the Ladies Latin Dance Division at the World Latin Dance Cup. Since then, Jahaira and Angelica have started teaching Bachata for AnD World Wide Dance Company.
Embodiment Project (EP) was founded by Nicole Klaymoon 2008 and is a resident company at the ODC Theater and Destiny Arts Center. EP's mission is to challenge systemic inequity by exploring issues of trauma, healing, womanist histories, race, and gender role dissolution; take street dance out of its traditional performance context and reinterpret it as concert dance; and share the origins, history and appreciation of hip hop dance culture through street dance, live song, spoken word, and theater. www.embodimentproject.org
StormMiguel Florez is a Xicanx trans singer-songwriter and filmmaker from the SF Bay Area via Albuquerque, New Mexico. His Southwest desert roots are deep and are a muse for his songs about family, death, loss, love, and your basic scorpionic woes. www.stormflorez.com
House of Energi: Founded in 2002 in Washington, D.C., the House of Energi is a diverse family of dancers committed to the development and promotion of Vogue as an art form, lifestyle, and culture. Our mission is to be a positive force in people's lives and to help create change -- both on and off the dance floor.houseofenergi.com
Annalise Ophelian is an award-winning documentary filmmaker (MAJOR!, Diagnosing Difference), queer psychotherapist, and Chihuahua fetishist. She’s currently working on “Looking for Leia,” a documentary about Star Wars fangirls. www.annaliseophelian.com and www.lookingforleia.com
Elena Rose: Sweet-talking trans mestiza monster queen Elena Rose rode stories out of rural Oregon and hasn't stopped burning since. An internationally-recognized preacher, poet, and educator, she has performed with the Fresh Meat Festival, Writers Resist, Mangos With Chili, Queer Rebels, Brouhaha, the Speak! Radical Women of Color Media Collective, and Girl Talk: A Trans and Cis Women's Dialogue, which she co-curated; co-edited the book Queer and Trans Artists of Color, Volume 2, with Nia Levy King; and can be found on Twitter at @burnlittlelight.
Sean Dorsey Dance - Sean Dorsey is a trans/queer choreographer and dancer, and the founder and Artistic Director of Fresh Meat Productions. Recognized as the U.S.’ first acclaimed transgender modern dance choreographer, Dorsey has toured his work to 26 cities across the US.Dorsey was named “San Francisco’s Best Dance Company” (SF Weekly) and was named one of the nation’s “Top 25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine. He has been awarded four Isadora Duncan Dance Awards and the Goldie Award for Performance. www.seandorseydance.com
Breanna Sinclairéis a recent graduate from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with a Masters in opera performance and performed lead in works such as Carmen, Dalila, Mignon and many others. She will make her debut at the grand Walt Disney Concert Hall as a guest artist for the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles, .
Tajah J is a Contemporary R&B, Soul, EDM, and Pop artist. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan and currently lives in the S.F Bay Area. As a black transgender multi-media artist and activist, Tajah J puts forth her experiences being formerly incarcerated, her love life, and her passion for trans empowerment as the essence of her music.
Taller Bombalele is an acclaimed queer bomba ensemble directed by Denise Solis and Julia Cepeda.
Robbie Tristan & Ernesto Palma are World Champion and Gay Games Gold Medalist Same Sex Ballroom dancers. They have been featured in the New York Times, Good Day LA, NBC Raw, LA Times Magazine and the LA Weekly. Tristan is the founder of Dance of America Foundation, a nonprofit that brings Ballroom Dance projects to at risk and LGBT youth. They live in New York City.www.robbietristan.com and www.ernesto-palma.com
Shawna Virago is a transgender trickster celebrated for her striking lyric-based songs. Her music twists together folk, punk and trans-americana, offering raw observations about survival in a predatory world, queer love, sticking up for the underdog, and gender rebels. Virago has performed as an out transwoman since the early 1990’s. Virago’s music has been profiled in publications, including Bitch Magazine, No Depression, OUT, The Advocate, SF Weekly and Curve Magazine, and on left-of-the-dial radio. www.shawnavirago.com