Fresh Meat 2004


Fresh Meat 2004
The Transgender and Queer Cabaret Extravaganza

Thurs – Sat., June 17,18,19, 2004. 8pm
Opening Night Gala Reception Thurs. June 17 (post-performance)

ODC Theater
3153 17th Street (at Shotwell), San Francisco

Tickets: $15 (reservations strongly recommended)


Photo: A. Ever Bolden
Left to right (quartet): Nafis, Sean Dorsey, Johnnie Pratt & Shawna Virago

Fresh Meat 2004
It’s back! Audience favorite Fresh Meat returns with another extravaganza of exceptional transgender and queer performance. Homo hip hop, tranny glam rock, all-girl breakdance, gender-defying modern dance, gravity-defying aerial dance, cocky spoken word, steamy burlesque and the world’s first transgender gospel choir team up for this extremely popular cabaret. Reservations strongly recommended.

The Fresh Meat 2004 Lineup:
Emcees: Marcus Rene Van & Nafis, Tina D’Elia and Prado Gomez, Artistic Director Sean Dorsey, Harlem Shake, Katastrophe, Navarrete x Kajiyama, Johnnie Pratt, Julia Serano, Shawna Virago & the Deadly Nightshades, Sisterz of the Underground, Transcendence Gospel Choir

Plus nightly guests:
Thursday June 17: Diamond Daggers and JenRO
(join us after the show for an Opening Night Gala Reception)
Fri/Sat June 18-19: Maiana Minahal & Nedjula Baguio, and Christopher Love & Sonya Smith

Under Artistic Director Sean Dorsey, Fresh Meat Productions is dedicated to the creation, development, and presentation of transgender and queer performance. Known for its unprecedented and unparalleled cabarets, Fresh Meat features stellar casts of transgender and queer talent. The original venue for the Bay Area’s exploding transgender & queer performance scene, Fresh Meat is back this year juicier than ever.

“Outstanding…joyful, irreverent.” (Keith Hennessey, Critical Dance).
“History in the making” (Bay Area Reporter)
“Raising the bar for Bay Area LGBT performance” (Bay Area Reporter)

Gala Opening Night Reception (June 17 post-performance) celebrates Fresh Meat in the Gallery, a month-long exhibition of transgender visual art curated by Fresh Meat Productions in ODC’s Gallery. The Gallery is open and free to all Wed through Sat, 2pm-5pm – and is open extra hours the nights of Fresh Meat 2004 (June 17, 18, 19).

Fresh Meat Productions is supported by the Horizons Foundation, the San Francisco Arts Commission, the Boston Foundation, the Zellerbach Family Fund, and the Queer Cultural Center.

Artistic Director Sean Dorsey is boldly introducing tranny stories and queer sensibilities to modern dance. Singular and sensual, “Dorsey’s intelligent and evocative work helps build a frame of reference to enable viewers to experience dance outside of gender.” (Jessica Robinson, Critical Dance) “Trailblazing” (Rachel Howard)

Tina D’Elia and Prado Gomez are a singing, acting trans/queer powerhouse duo – think Latina powerfemme chanteuse meets Latino transstud heartbreaker.

Diamond Daggers are an extravaganza of queer dancing girls. This steamy burlesque floorshow will work you up with old-fashioned sexy tease, classic chorus-girl allure, dangerous precision, and plenty of skin … and leave you begging for more!

Harlem Shake Burlesque is the Bay Area’s first and only women of color burlesque troupe – making history one shake at a time. An audience favorite – sassy and sexy, Harlem Shake (almost) bares it all and will make you scream!

Katastrophe (AKA Rocco Kayiatos) is a female-to-male emo-hop MC who has rocked the mic, charmed the ladies and educated the masses across the USA. With his tongue-twisting rhyme style, political frankness and a disarming sense of humor, he has become a primary player in the growing national queer hip hop underground.

JenRO has been rockin’ the mic since the age of ten, and is a fiercely-talented young female rapper who is breaking the silence of queers in hip hop

Maiana Minahal and Nedjula Baguio (members of KREATIBO): combining Nedjula Baguio’s gorgeous classical guitar with Maiana Minahal’s tender poetry, these two artists have collaborated to create a sweet love song of awakening love.

Nafis is a spoken word artist, faux queen, DJ and producer. She graces Fresh Meat 2004 with her own blend of fierce, fine, ferocious performance – voguing and styling her way with co-emcee Marcus Rene Van.

Navarrete x Kajiyama return this year sharper and steamier than ever with new dance that dives into the queer body and queer passions.

Johnny Pratt is a founding member of Other Brothers, a collective of artists of color on the female masculine to female-to-male spectrum. Using his elegant and powerful spoken word, Pratt seeks to open hearts and erase restrictive stereotypes.

Marcus Rene Van is a transgender 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. Van co-emcees Fresh Meat 2004 with Nafis.

Julia Serano is breaking rules and making history as a brash and brilliant male-to-female transgender spoken word artist and musician – and promises to get real “cocky” at Fresh Meat 2004.

Shawna Virago and The Deadly Nightshade Family are tranny/queer rockers who deftly tackle issues including police abuse, transphobia, and the myth of democracy with ingenuity, precision, and true-to-rock glamour.

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.

Sonya Smith and Christopher Love will leave you breathless with their gravity-defying aerial work – think the Matrix meets low-flying bungee!

The Transcendence Gospel Choir, the world’s first transgendered gospel choir, radiates an infectious joy that inevitably brings audiences to their feet. Their first recording, “Whosoever Believes” was nominated for a Grammy.