A Trans and Queer Cabaret Extravaganza

Friday-Sunday, June 20th- 22nd 8:00pm
ODC Theater

Tickets: $12 in advance; $15 at the door


Photo © Elizabeth Gorelik

The runaway hit of the 2002 National Queer Arts Festival returns with another outstanding cabaret multidisciplinary and multimedia extravaganza! Fresh Meat 2003 brings together the Bay Area’s hottest transgendered and queer performers, offering audiences a smorgasbord of homo hip hop, cutting-edge modern dance, all-girl breakdance, steamy tango, femme/butch spoken word, tranny glam rock, and the world’s first transgender gospel choir. Critics have called Fresh Meat “the next generation of cultural innovators” (Critical Dance), and “history in the making” (Bay Area Reporter). Co-presented by Fresh Meat Productions and ODC Theater. Fresh Meat 2003 and Shawna Virago are recipients of Qcc’s Creating Queer Community grant.

Artist Biographies

Fresh Meat Productions is gathering local attention as a leader in the creation, development, and presentation of transgender and queer performance. Critics have called Fresh Meat “the next generation of cultural innovators,” Critical Dance and “history in the making,” by the Bay Area Reporter. Fresh Meat artists include: Marcus Rene Van, Veronica Combs, Sean Dorsey, Shawna Virago, Jose Navarrete and Debby Kajayama, Angelo Hannah, STEAMROLLER Dance, JenRO, and the Transcendence Gospel Choir.

Sean Dorsey, Fresh Meat’s Artistic Director, is a genderqueer choreographer, dancer, community organizer, activist, arts administrator, and event producer. Dorsey’s groundbreaking work is carving new space for queer and transgendered bodies/stories in modern dance. Dorsey has presented original choreography at ODC Theater, Dance Mission, the Lesbian and Gay Dance Festival, the National Queer Arts Festival, Jon Sims Center, the LGBT Community Center, and at LadyFest and TransArt events. Sean is also a member of Lizz Roman and Dancers , and is Program Coordinator for ODC’s Sunday Salon Series, a program supporting new choreographers. Sean Dorsey and Fresh Meat Productions are a Commissioned Artist of the 2003 National Queer Arts Festival. Veronica Combs, director and mastermind behind Liquid Fire, has been producing groundbreaking lesbian of color performance in the Bay Area for eight years. Combs graces Fresh Meat 2003 with her signature blend of fierce, fine, ferocious performance.

Tina D’Elia is a queer Latina performance poet, actor, playwright and singer and one of SF’s stage-femme icons. Think sultry power femme chanteuse meets powerhouse spoken word.

Angelo Hannah is a 42 year old Other, writer, performer, and founding member of brOthers. Hannah’s elegant and powerful writing challenges hard hearts and rigid binaries.

Michelle Ito is a Japanese-American lesbian rebel, singer, actor, writer, storyteller, card player and comedian who opens minds and transforms hearts throughout the Bay and across the nation.

Jose Navarrete and Debby Kajiyama blew the roof off ODC Theater at Fresh Meat 2002 with their electrically-charged tango duets…they return this year sharper and steamier than ever.

Jaycub Perez is a Pacific Islander Tranny-Boi hip hop artist, folk-punk musician and poet known for his edgy lyrics and reflections on gender, race, and religion.

Marcus Rene Van is a local hip-hop legend who uses hip-the-word (hip-hop, theater and spoken word) to communicate sharp observations on race, class, and other elephants in the room.

JenRO is a fiercely-talented young female rapper who is breaking the silence of queers in hip hop.

Shawna Virago and The Deadly Nightshade Family are rock ‘n roll provocateurs who deftly tackle issues like police abuse, transphobia, and the myth of democracy with ingenuity, precision, wit and true-to-rock glamour. Shawna Virago is a Commissioned Artist of the 2003 NQAF.

The Sisterz of the Underground is a collective of female hip hop expressionists and breakdancers — making history and carving space for women in hip hop, right here in the Bay.

STEAMROLLER Dance Company creates physically explosive work that responds to the collision of race, gender, and sexuality. Athletic, irreverent, and precise, STEAMROLLER is an audience favorite and a leader in Bay Area queer performance.

The Transcendence Gospel Choir, the world’s first transgender gospel choir, radiates an infectious joy that inevitably brings audiences to their feet.