Set in a dream-like rocky landscape, SEEK / AFTER is a short dance film directed by Emmy Award-winning transgender choreographer Sean Dorsey.

SEEK/AFTER asks: what forces erupt when trans and queer bodies are allowed to dream about the future? Powerful high-energy dance collides with driving music by DJ Frida.

SEEK/AFTER is part of a series of dance films created as part of Sean Dorsey Dance's THE LOST ART OF DREAMING project. Other films in the series include AT WATER'S EDGE and PLACE/PORTAL.

"Stunning...These films are exquisite, intimate, and radiate with Dorsey’s gesture-rich choreography."
(Bay Times)

(48 Hills)

Dorsey has been awarded an Emmy Award ("Sean Dorsey Dance: Dreaming Trans & Queer Futures"), five Isadora Duncan Dance Awards, and is a Doris Duke Artist and a Dance/USA Artist Fellow.
Dorsey is widely recognized as the USA's first acclaimed transgender modern dance choreographer.

Dorsey's THE LOST ART OF DREAMING project imagines expansive trans, gender-nonconforming and queer Futures.

This series of short films featuring choreography and performance by the groundbreaking all-LGBTQ Sean Dorsey Dance company -- and is an invitation to reclaim, conjure, and manifest joy, pleasure, well-being, freedom, love, connection, and liberation.

The series features 6 short films: AT WATER'S EDGE, SEEK/AFTER, PLACE/PORTAL, SPELL/DREAM, and UNFOLD/INTO. To view additional short films in this series, please contact us for review links.

  • Sean Dorsey
  • Sean Dorsey
  • Sean Dorsey
    Key Cast
    Sense 8 (Netflix)
  • Nol Simonse
    Key Cast
  • Raúl Torres-Bonilla
    Key Cast
  • Will Woodward
    Key Cast
  • Frida Ibarra
  • Annalise Ophelian
    Looking For Leia, MAJOR!, The Whistle
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Music Video, Short, Other
  • Genres:
    Dance film, dance, contemporary dance, modern dance, dance-theater
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 12 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 1, 2021
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital UHD
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • San Francisco Transgender Film Festival
    San Francisco, California
    United States
    November 11, 2021
    World premiere
    Official selection
  • 7 Stages' Curious Future Encounters Festival
    Atlanta, Georgia
    United States
    December 9, 2021
    Southern US premiere
    Official selection
  • ScreenDance Miami
    Miami, Florida
    United States
    December 22, 2021
    Florida premiere / Dance film festival premiere
    Official selection
  • ScreenDance Festival - Stockholm
    Stockholm, Sweden
    April 28, 2022
    International premiere
    Official selection
  • Translations: Seattle Trans Film Festival
    Seattle, Washington
    United States
    May 5, 2022
    Washington premiere
    Official selection
  • Louisiana Rainbow: LGBT+ Film Festival
    New Orleans
    United States
    June 25, 2022
    Louisiana Premiere
    TransVideo Filmmaker AWARD; Official Selection
  • Inspired Dance Film Festival
    West End, Queensland
    October 19, 2022
    Australian Premiere
    Official Selection
  • In Shadow Film Festival
    December 6, 2022
    Official selection
Director Biography - Sean Dorsey

Sean Dorsey is a San Francisco-based filmmaker, choreographer, dancer, educator and activist. He has been awarded an Emmy Award ("Sean Dorsey Dance: Dreaming Trans & Queer Futures"), five Isadora Duncan Dance Awards, and is a Doris Duke Artist and a Dance/USA Artist Fellow.

Widely recognized as the USA's first acclaimed transgender modern dance choreographer, Dorsey's films and live performances have toured to more than 30 cities across the US and internationally – and taught with his explicitly trans-positive pedagogy in more than 35 cities.

A longtime social practice artist, Dorsey creates his works over 2-3 years in deep relationship with/in community. Dorsey’s dances are powerful explorations of human experience – a fusion of full-throttle dance, luscious partnering, intimate storytelling and theater. Highly physical, accessible, rooted in story, and danced with precision and guts and deep humanity, Dorsey’s works have been praised as “exquisite…poignant and important” (BalletTanz), “trailblazing” (San Francisco Chronicle) and “evocative, compelling, elegant” (LA Weekly).

As a teaching artist, Dorsey leads workshops, classes and DREAM LABS with a trans-positive pedagogy – and centers and celebrates gender non-conforming and trans bodies, voices and aesthetics.

Dorsey has been awarded support by the National Endowment for the Arts, National Dance Project, National Performance Network, Dance/USA, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, California Arts Council, Creative Work Fund, Fleishhacker Foundation, Kenneth Rainin Foundation, Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation and Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation.

Dorsey has been awarded commissions from American Dance Festival, Bates Dance Festival, Dance Place (Washington DC), Queer Cultural Center (San Francisco), 7 Stages (Atlanta), Maui Arts & Cultural Center (Maui), Velocity Dance Center (Seattle) Highways Performance Space (Los Angeles), The Theater Offensive (Boston), Links Hall (Chicago), Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, San Francisco Arts Commission and James Irvine Foundation.

Sean Dorsey Dance’s project THE LOST ART OF DREAMING investigates and imagines expansive Futures.

The project includes a live performance (now on a 2-year, international tour) and 6 dance film shorts: AT WATER'S EDGE, SEEK/AFTER, PLACE/PORTAL, SPELL/DREAM, and UNFOLD/INTO.

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a spell
a danced invocation
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