The Fly Honey Show, a summertime performance series created and directed by Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago alumna Erin Kilmurray ’08, presents its tenth annual edition August 8 through September 7 at the Den Theatre, located at 1331 N. Milwaukee in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood.
Founded in 2009 by Kilmurray, a graduate of the Dance Center’s BA Program in Dance, The Fly Honey Show re-imagines the classic cabaret to transcend, transmit and transform feminist perspectives. Through high-energy dance, raw storytelling, unapologetic empowerment and a rotating line-up of Chicago’s premier performance artists, The Fly Honeys make necessary space to celebrate body+sex+self ownership. The Fly Honeys are a fierce group of choreographers, dancers, musicians, actors, designers, and performance artists who foster a safe space for advancing gender equality and promoting self-love.
Posted by The Inconvenience on Monday, September 3, 2018
The Fly Honey Show promises an intimate yet explosive celebration of body + sex positivity through a feminist perspective with a carefully curated, rotating set of genre-defying, collaborative and radical performance acts.
Other Columbia College alums involved in the project include music director/composer John Cicora ’10, a graduate of the Columbia College Chicago Music Department‘s BA Program in Music with a concentration in instrumental jazz, and associate curator Aaliyah Christina ’16, a graduate of the Dance Center’s Dance BA Program.
Performers include alums Dee Alaba ’17, Tia Monet Greer ’13, and Camila Rivero Pooley ’18, all graduates of the Dance Center’s BFA Program in Dance; Dance BA Program graduates Dalton Rhodes ’15, Marceia L. Scruggs ’17, Ginny Cook ’11, Jillian Endebrock ’12, and Timothy Tsang ’17; Dance Center staff member Alyssa Gregory, marketing manager of the Dance Center’s Dance Presenting Series; Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department alums Teressa LaGamba ’13, Marta Jean Evans ’08, Megan Chaperon ’13, and Khloe Janel ’18, all graduates of the Theatre Department’s BA Program in Acting; former Dance Center students Ambe’r Johnson, Adrianna Lombardo, Alix Schillaci, and Dayleen Marrero; and former Columbia College Theatre Department student Ryan Tang.
The Fly Honey Show began in 2009 in the loft space of The Inconvenience, a multidisciplinary arts collective founded by a group of Columbia College students and alumni from the Theatre, Dance, and Music departments. Envisioning a project that promoted the talented women around her and unabashedly celebrated their individuality, Kilmurray choreographed and curated The Fly Honey Show as a one-night event with 30 performers for an audience of 200 people. Since then, the project has grown to a grand annual event boasting over 300 artists in a month-long sold-out run. Now in its tenth season, The Fly Honey Show digs deep into its mission to elevate women + trans + non-binary + lgbtqia individuals and allies through a raucous re-imagination of the classic cabaret. The evening promises an intimate and explosive celebration of body + sex + self ownership complete with high-energy dance works, raw storytelling, a rotating line-up of Chicago’s premier performance acts, and a fierce ensemble of empowered individuals, novice+professional dancers alike — all backed by a live nine-piece band.