June 19-22, 2008

2008 FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL
The 7th Annual Transgender & Queer Performance Festival
Artistic Director: Sean Dorsey
Project Artaud Theater
Thursday – Saturday: 8pm / Sunday 7pm
Tickets: $15 (advance tickets recommended)
Info: www.freshmeatproductions.org

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Get your tickets now for this outrageously popular, critically acclaimed, history-making event! The Fresh Meat Festival is the only festival of its kind in North America, celebrated for its powerful, joyful, deeply moving performances.  Transgender and queer hip hop, hula, modern dance, opera, gospel music, Afro-Colombian dance, traditional clogging, theater and more!

Performances by Artistic Director Sean Dorsey, Nejla Baguio, the Barbary Coast Cloggers, Colombian Soul, Freeplay Dance Crew, Prado Gomez, Jose Luis Munoz (from Carla Lucero’s opera Juana), Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu, Scott Turner Schofield, the Transcendence Gospel Choir and Shawna Virago.

These shows sell out – advance tickets are strongly recommended!

2008 FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL ARTISTS:

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Nejla Baguio. Photo by Yasi Haerizadeh

Nejla Baguio is a classical guitarist/artist/activist living in San Francisco.  She is currently working on her debut CD and just recently became a new mom.

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The Barbary Coast Cloggers. Photo by Barbary Coast Cloggers)

The Barbary Coast Cloggers are an all-male dance company that brings the rowdiness and unique spirit of clogging (also called American step dancing) out of the Appalachian Mountains all the way to the West Coast. The company’s innovative performance style is an exciting synergy of traditional American dance imbued with originality, flare, and a certain creativity that is characteristically Californian. www.barbarycoast.org

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Colombian Soul. Photo By Leicester Huezo

Colombian Soul is a dynamic Colombian folkloric dance company directed by Adriana Sanchez. Since 2005, Colombian Soul has performed extensively throughout the Bay Area in San Francisco, in San Jose and at SF Carnival. Through Colombian folkloric dance and theatre the company vividly expresses the unique life and dreams of the ‘Colombian soul.’ www.myspace.com/ascolombiansoul

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Sean Dorsey. Photo by Lydia Daniler

Sean Dorsey is a critically acclaimed choreographer and the founder and Artistic Director of Fresh Meat Productions. He has been awarded two Isadora Duncan Dance Awards and the Goldie Award for Performance. Dorsey’s choreography is creating new space for transgender bodies/stories onstage and has been performed extensively in the Bay Area and on tour in the US and Canada. www.freshmeatproductions.org

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Photo by Ben Peoples

Freeplay Dance Crew (FDC) is a group of LGBT and non-LGBT dancers whose composition and creative expression reflect the diversity of its members and its local community. FDC has performed all over the Bay Area, from the SF Pride Main Stage to the San Francisco Hip Hop Dance Festival. FDC works under the Direction of Janey Madamba and Creative Direction of Joshua Klipp.  www.myspace.com/freeplaydance

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Prado Gomez. Photo by Jessica Gutierrez

Prado Gomez is a Mestizo writer/singer born and raised in the Mission District. He likes to sing, talk story and laugh. He enjoys his days at PAWS learning from animal medicine and his nights with family appreciating his home.

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Jose Luis Munoz. Photo by Andre Lucero

Jose Luis Munoz (from Carla Lucero’s opera Juana).  Juana is an opera by Carla Lucero adapted from the historical novel Sor Juana’s Second Dream, by Alicia Gaspar de Alba.  Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (1648-1695) was a brilliant lesbian and genderqueer nun in Mexico who wrote volumes of baroque poetry, plays and feminist critiques. The opera dramatizes her persecution during the Spanish Inquisition. www.tenthmuse.us

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Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wikiu. Photo by Lin Cariffe

Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu is a dynamic Hawaiian dance company based in San Francisco. Its performances are a rich blend of traditional and contemporary forms of hula. The company’s trademark hula mua style pays homage to tradition while bringing hula into a modern realm. This innovative approach showcases hula as a living and evolving art form. http://www.naleihulu.org/

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Scott Turner Schofield. Photo by Nadi

Scott Turner Schofield is a Southern queer FTM writer/performer whose three solo shows, “Underground Transit,” “Debutante Balls,” and “Becoming a Man in 127 EASY Steps” have toured to nationwide acclaim since 2001. His activist art has received several honors, among them a 2007 Princess Grace Foundation Fellowship in Acting, and a “Fruity” from New York City’s Fresh Fruit Festival.  www.undergroundtransit.com 

The Transcendence Gospel Choir is the world’s first transgender gospel choir. TGC is a music ministry that strives to empower the transgender community and to re-claim its spiritual calling. TGC’s numerous high-profile, highly impacting performances have brought them to a national prominence as the world’s first and only all transgendered gospel choir.

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Shawna Virago (by Lydia Daniller)

Shawna Virago is celebrated as a trans pioneer in music, filmmaking and activism.  Miss Virago is a roots/rock songwriter whose music twists together punk roots rock and insurgent country, creating anthems for a new generation. Her lyrics dig deep at police brutality, the economic marginalization of transgender people and life lived on the sweet continuum of being trans.  Miss Virago is one part poetess, one part ice queen and one part honky-tonk glamour girl.  www.shawnavirago.com