OP Dialogues – Music, Dance, Conversation – Discover Fellow Travelers

Delve into pre-Stonewall LGBT history with insights from community historians, local activists and OP Scholar in Residence Michael Mohammed, as we explore the themes and inspirations behind Fellow Travelers. Experience poignant excerpts from the opera by OP’s leading men Joseph Lattanzi and Jonathan Pierce Rhodes alongside the captivating LOVING STILL duets performed by San Francisco’s renowned contemporary dance company RAWdance, inspired by the evocative photographs of Loving: A Photographic History of Men in Love, 1850-1950. Don’t miss this immersive fusion of art and conversation celebrating the resilience and beauty of LGBTQ+ culture.

This event is sponsored by the GLBT History Museum & Archives.

Thursday May 30th 

Chan National Queer Arts Center – 170 Valencia St, San Francisco

6:30pm (Doors 6pm)

Cost: Pay What You Can – Suggested Amount $15

No one refused for lack of funds – Contact: bullhorn@operaparallele.org for complimentary tickets

Ticket Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/op-dialogues-music-dance-conversation-fellow-travelers-tickets-886420416327?aff=oddtdtcreator


Award-winning contemporary dance company RAWdance shares two excerpts from “Loving Still” (2023), a series of duets bringing queer ancestors to life and to love. Each duet is inspired by images in “Loving: A Photographic History of Men in Love, 1850s-1950s”, by Hugh Nini and Neal Treadwell, featuring more than 300 previously unpublished photos representing what was once considered “forbidden love.” The creation of “Loving Still” was made possible by the Artist in Residence program at Jackson’s Square’s 836M gallery. Not only do the duets bring to life, and to the stage, stories of love, they also work to unearth the lost queer history of the gallery’s neighborhood, the old Barbary Coast — San Francisco’s original “gayborhood”.

Choreography/Direction: Wendy Rein and Ryan T. Smith

Performance: Brandon Graham, Kyle Limin, McKay Elwood, Nick Wagner

Choreographic Assistance: Claire Fisher, Juliann Witt, & Erin Yen

Music: Joel St. Julien

Costumes: Mary Domenico

About LOVING: A Photographic History of Men in Love, 1850-1950

At all events at the Chan National Queer Arts Center and before the performances at the Presidio Theatre, enjoy select photos from LOVING: A Photographic History of Men in Love, 1850-1950.  This curated selection presented in collaboration with RAWdance and collection holders Hugh Nini & Neal Treadwell from their best-selling book is a captivating journey through time, showcasing the tender and often hidden expressions of love between men during a significant era in history. From subtle gestures of intimacy to bold declarations of love, each image tells a story of resilience, courage, and the enduring power of love. LOVING speaks to human spirit and resilience, our capacity for bliss, and our longing for the shared truths of love.  With special thanks to Hugh Nini & Neal Treadwell.

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May 30 2024


6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Chan National Queer Arts Center
170 Valencia St, San Francisco