This article explores the performance practices of Sean Dorsey, modern dance's first out transgender choreographer, in order to consider one embodied strategy for staging transgender histories. Utilizing extant LGBTQ archives, and then collecting oral histories himself, Dorsey develops a trans archival practice founded in collaboration, an ethic of care, and grassroots activism that he extends into live performance. Tracing the arc of Dorsey's practice in generating choreography from the archive, the authors ask how embodied artists move with history and consider his dance performance as a site of historical production.

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