Acclaimed transgender choreographer Sean Dorsey and the MADBOOTS dance company are not dancing around the issues of AIDS and fragile masculinity during this year's Pride season. The two notable queer forces will each be taking one of the issues head on as part of NYC Pride at The Joyce Theater.
Both troupes will make their highly anticipated Joyce debuts, with Dorsey making history as the theater's first US transgender artist.
"This collaboration is absolutely historic for each of us, and the energy it's already creating is palpable," Dorsey says. "I am so honored to be supported so deeply by The Joyce. They are being bold and innovative and we are so grateful!"
Sean Dorsey and his dance company will be performing The Missing Generation which premiered on Wednesday. Described as "a love letter to a forgotten generation of transgender and LGBTQ survivors," Dorsey paints the show as one that is real to life in a time of rising political turmoil and HIV rates worldwide.
"I hope to create healing for longtime survivors. I hope to educate young folks who are being taught nothing about that time in history, especially right now as the government is sending immigrants and children of color to concentration camps. We cannot forget this history or we will repeat it," he says.
Dorsey will be joined by Jonathan Campbell and Austin Diaz's all-male queer company, MADBOOTS DANCE. The group intends to deconstruct masculinity in MASC followed by "a stand of resistance and patience" in Gay Guerrilla which features the minimal yet driving Julius Eastman score of the same name.
The series runs through Saturday evening at The Joyce Theater, 175 8th Ave.