Arts events

Upcoming events

Trans Hirstory in 99 Objects - art exhibition


The University of Victoria Transgender Archives meets
The Museum of Transgender Hirstory & Art (MOTHA)

JANUARY 13 - MARCH 29, 2018
WED - SAT. 10 - 4PM

Trans Hirstory in 99 Objects brings together art and archival material from UVic's world-renowned Transgender Archives to narrate an expansive and critical history of transgender communities. It is the third iteration in a multi-exhibition, multi-venue project organized by curator Chris E. Vargas, Executive Director of the Museum of Transgender Hirstory & Art (MOTHA) \



Curator Talk & Tour - FREE
with Chris Vargas & Dr. Aaron Devor, Chair of Transgender Studies UVic
Saturday, January 13, 2018 @ 2pm
Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St.


The Legacy is proud to be partnering with UVic Visual Arts, Open Space Gallery and Camosun College to bring award winning artist Cassils to Victoria in March 2018. 

Cassils - Public performance of "Becoming an Image"
Wednesday, March 7th @ 7:30pm at UVic Visual Arts (Rm TBA)

Cassils - Public artist talk
Thursday, March 8th @ 7:30pm at Open Space Gallery 
510 Fort Street, 2nd floor, Victoria, 250.383.8833

Southern Comfort - film screening

Southern Comfort (2001)

Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary - 2001 Sundance Film Festival

What: Film screening presented by the Chair in Transgender StudiesMovie Monday, and The Department of Writing, UVicSouthern Comfort (Kate Davis) is a 2001 documentary film about the final year in the life of Robert Eads, a trans man. Robert is a middle-aged guy with a craggy face and a penchant for Waylon Jennings-style outlaw wear, lives in a trailer in rural Georgia, drives a pickup and likes to cook up a mess of barbecue for his family. That Robert is dying of ovarian cancer is the biggest, saddest irony.

When: Monday, Jan. 22nd @ 6:30pm. Panel discussion to follow the film @ 8pm.

Where: Eric Martin Pavilion Theatre of the Jubilee Hospital South entrance - 1900 Block Fort Street. Parking in Caribbean Apts parking lot [MAP] 

How much: Cash donation at the door


Elias Capello

Elias Capello is a PhD Student at University of Massachusetts Amherst who interviewed 11 trans people from Louisiana as a part of his research about "self-made identities" and how they are culturally and socially influenced by local economic and medical politics. 

Kingsley Strudwick

Kingsley Strudwick is founder of Ambit Gender Diversity Consulting, has been working in the community engagement and education sectors for ten years. Kingsley's work focuses on transforming relationships as a means for greater social change.

Earl Maloney

More information to come

Aaron Devor

Aaron Devor is UVic's Chair in Transgender Studies, Founder & Academic Director, Transgender Archives. He has been studying and teaching about transgender topics for more than thirty years and is was one of the authors of versions 6 and 7 of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health's (WPATH) Standards of Care.

Southern Comfort websites: Wikipedia | IMDb 

Past events

Drunktown's Finest - film screening


Drunktown's Finest

Sundance 2014 Film Festival Official Selection 
Presented by the Chair in Transgender Studies,
Movie Monday, and The Department of Writing, UVic

What: Drunktown's Finest (Director and screenwriter: Sydney Freeland). Three Indigenous Americans – an adopted Christian girl, a rebellious father-to-be, and a transgender woman – struggle with life on their Navajo reserve. Cast: Jeremiah Bitsui, Carmen Moore, Morningstar Angeline, Kiowa Gordon, Shauna Baker, Elizabeth Francis

When: Monday, Sept. 25th @ 6:30pm. Skype Q&A with director Sydney Freeland after the film @ 8pm.

Where: Eric Martin Pavilion Theatre of the Jubilee Hospital South entrance - 1900 Block Fort Street. Parking in Caribbean Apts parking lot [MAP] 

How much: FREE (donations gratefully accepted)

The 95-minute coming-of-age story catapulted by complex identity issues and characters struggling with leaving their homes takes its name from a controversial 20/20 segment about Gallup, N.M. Called “Drunk Town, USA,” the late-1980s piece for the ABC News program branded the town on the border of the Navajo Nation as a place mired in alcoholism.  Drunktown’s Finest is Freeland’s attempt at defying the skewed judgment cast on her home community. “The title is very personal for me,” says the 33-year-old Freeland, who grew up in Gallup. She now lives and works in Los Angeles. “They came in and only focused on the drunks. Why didn’t they look at anyone else doing their everyday lives? They are just surviving.” She used the 20/20 piece, a dot on the town’s timeline, as an entry point for delivering through the big screen what she sees as a more complete perspective. “I’m not trying to change people’s minds about any particular subject. I just want to do an honest portrayal of this community, where there’s good stuff and bad stuff.” - Native Peoples Magazine

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Drunktown's Finest websites: Wikipedia | IMDb |  | YouTube

Sean Dorsey Dance - performance

As part of Victoria Pride Week 2016, the University of Victoria Farquahar Auditorium hosted a special dance theatre production as a fundraiser for the Chair in Transgender Studies and the Transgender Archives.

THE MISSING GENERATION gives voice to long time survivors of the early AIDS epidemic, through full-throttle dance, luscious partnering, intimate storytelling and theater. This powerful show is a love letter to a forgotten generation of survivors – those who witnessed and experienced the loss of part of an entire generation of gay and transgender people to AIDS in the 1980s and 1990s. Sean Dorsey created the work over a 2-year period by traveling across the US to record oral history interviews with long time survivors of the early AIDS epidemic, host community residencies, and conduct extensive archival research.

Sean Dorsey Dance’s multi-generational ensemble of dancers dance to a lush multi-layered soundscore that features the voices and remarkable real-life stories, along with Dorsey’s own writing and original music. Performed by: Sean Dorsey, Brian Fisher, ArVejon Jones and Nol Simonse. Original music by: Alex Kelly, Jesse Olsen Bay, Ben Kessler and Jeffrey Alphonsus Mooney.  Lighting Design: Clyde Sheets. Sound Engineering/Mixing: Laura Dean. Costume Design: Tiffany Amundson.

“There is an incredible urgency to undertaking this project now,” says Dorsey. “During my lifetime, we will see the passing of the last generation of people who actually experienced the early years of the AIDS epidemic first-hand. We are already rapidly losing our community’s stories. I wanted to capture and share part of this important history and reckon with the loss and grief this generation endured, and to collectively face this history and grieve and heal together.”

Sean Dorsey is the nation’s first acclaimed TRANSGENDER contemporary dance choreographer. With his signature fusion of contemporary dance, storytelling and theater, Dorsey is blazing a trail celebrated by critics and sold-out audiences alike. 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).

Dorsey has toured his work to over 25 US cities. Dorsey and his dance company has been named “San Francisco’s Best Dance Company” (SF Weekly) and named in the nation’s “Top 25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine. Dorsey has been awarded three Isadora Duncan Dance Awards, the Goldie Award for Performance, national commissions, and praise from New York to Los Angeles. THE MISSING GENERATION has been nominated for 2 Isadora Duncan Awards in 2015-16 for Best Company Performance and Best Soundscore/Text/Music.

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Sean Dorsey Free Workshops

What: FREE DANCE WORKSHOPS (one for beginners and one for established dancers)
Who: Sean Dorsey DanceWhen: Saturday, July 9, 2016, 2:00PM and 5:00PM
Where: Dance Victoria, Timothy and Wendy Vernon Studio, 2750 Quadra Street
Price:  FREE (donations in support of the UVic Transgender Archives and Research Chair are welcome)

On the heels of the performance of the award-winning THE MISSING GENERATION at the Farquhar Auditorium on July 8 at 8pm, award-winning San Francisco-based choreographer Sean Dorsey will offer two free workshops.  The first workshop is directed at Transgender and LGBTQ individuals, groups, non-profits and services agencies.  The second is directed to Dance Studios, Dance Companies and dancers.

FREE Workshop 1


Saturday, July 9 – 2:00-4:00pm 
Timothy and Wendy Vernon Studio, Dance Victoria, 2750 Quadra Street
Free of Charge – please email to register (space is limited)
PRESENTED BY Passion and Performance Arts

Always wanted to dance? Never felt safe in a dance class because you are queer or transgender or LGBTQ or just plain nervous? JOIN US for this super-friendly, Beginner Dance Workshop with award-winning transgender choreographer Sean Dorsey. Everyone is welcome: straight, transgender, queer, and more – especially terrified beginners!

Understanding that some transgendered people do not feel comfortable in participating in public workshops, Sean and company creates a judgment-free safe space, leading participants through simple and playful movement exercises, dance warm-ups, and exclusive material from their own repertoire. No experience necessary!

Please wear comfortable clothing that does not interfere with your ability to move (sweatpants, shorts or loose pants and a comfortable shirt are suggested). There will be no physical touching involved, and all dancers are encouraged to participate barefoot.

FREE Workshop 2


Saturday, July 9 – 5:00-7:00pm
Timothy and Wendy Vernon Studio, Dance Victoria, 2750 Quadra Street
Free of Charge – please email to register (space is limited)
PRESENTED BY Passion and Performance Arts

An all-levels master class led by award-winning transgender choreographer Sean Dorsey. Dorsey is passionate about dancing with precision, guts, and deep humanity. Our hearts and eyes become important tools with which to instigate and integrate the full-throttle, highly-articulate movement Sean Dorsey Dance is celebrated for.

Full bodied movement and socially conscious choreography are hallmarks of Dorsey’s style, explored in this intensive master class for professional and pre-professional dancers. Class will begin with a gentle warm-up for the whole body and continue into phrase work and repertory choreography.

Two 4 One - film screening

Two 4 One is a bittersweet comedic drama, written & directed by Mo Bradley, that sees a transgender hero in an unexpected predicament.  Bradley, UVic Writing Dept. Associate Professor, presented the film at Moving Trans History Forward 2016.

When transgender Adam helps his baby-crazy ex-girlfriend Miriam artificially inseminate, they wind up in bed together— and they both get pregnant. Now Adam must reconcile his identity and gender with his biological reality, grapple with his feelings for Miriam, and try to figure out what it means to be a man.

Mo Bradley's debut feature stars Gavin Crawford (This Hour Has 22 Minutes), Naomi Snieckus (Mr. D), Andrea Menard (Moccasin Flats), Matt Baram (Seed), and Gabrielle Rose (The Sweet Hereafter).

Produced with participation from Telefilm Canada, with assistance from the BC Arts Council. Developed through NSI Features First in association with Presenting Sponsor Telefilm Canada; Program Partners The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation and Shaw Media.