Opening April 1 “Dancers We Lost: Honoring Performers Lost to HIV/AIDS”

Dancers We Lost: Honoring Performers Lost to HIV/AIDS
April 1 – August 7
GLBT History Museum
4127 18th St., SF.
Opening reception April 1, 7 pm – 9 pm, $5 donation
Second opening reception April 3, 2 pm – 5 pm, $5 donation

Please join us for this special traveling exhibit beginning April 1. Featuring beautiful photographs and other documentation, Dancers We Lost is a comprehensive dance history project honoring performers who died due to complications of HIV/AIDS. The exhibit runs through August 7 at the GLBT History Museum.

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The project includes an arts and public history exhibit showing the dancers in their prime performing in myriad venues including Broadway and Las Vegas shows, dance concerts, TV variety shows, films, ballet, music videos, and commercials. There also is a planned searchable database and biography file of each of the dancers.

The AIDS pandemic struck the performing arts particularly hard. Dancers We Lost is an important step in documenting and bringing to light the lives and contributions of performers, most of whom tragically died young. With an exhibit about their work and a database providing accurate information about their lives and careers, Dancers We Lost ensures they will not be forgotten, anonymous virtuosos.


Dancers We Lost is presented by Impact Stories, an oral history project run by independent researcher and historian Glenne McElhinney. The project is sponsored by the California LGBT Arts Alliance, a 501c3 organization that supports the arts in the Golden State. The exhibit premiered in June 2015 at West Hollywood, California, as part of the summer programming around various venues within the city.

All photographs, scrapbooks, personal papers, biography files and items collected by the history project will go to the Museum of Performance + Design in San Francisco, the largest dance and performing archive on the West Coast.