10 YEARS OF CELEBRATING BODY+SEX+SELF POSITIVITY THAT TRANSCENDS+TRANSMITS+TRANSFORMS FEMINIST PERSPECTIVES
Created and directed by Erin Kilmurray, FHS began in 2009 in the loft space of multi-disciplinary arts organization The Inconvenience. 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 entering it’s 10th 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 premiere performance acts, and a fierce ensemble of empowered individuals, novice+professional dancers alike - all backed by a 9-piece live band.The atmosphere is crafted for a raucous event that will have everyone leaving feeling better than when they came in.
The Fly Honeys are a tribe of fierce individuals who are here to stay, all in support of inspiring action and ass-shaking.
In addition to the annual event, The Fly Honeys perform commissioned events with flexible scale.
The Fly Honey Cast
A diverse and fierce cast of choreographers, dancers, performance artists, actors and musicians; all cultural entrepreneurs who seek to transform feminist perspecitves
The Fly Honey Ensemble and The Hive
Erin Kilmurray and her team support two large ensembles: The Honeys + The Hive. These groups are a rotating, all-volunteer, novice + professional ensemble of empowered individuals. No experience is required to join the raucous event, and these folx spend the summer in preparation of wild group choreography that feeds the soul.
The Fly Honeys are women (cis and trans alike) + non-binary + trans individuals - highlighting individuality and transcending singular standards of expression. The Hive ensemble serves a space for all genders to express and explore ally-ship. In total, the ensemble embraces new heritage that empowers the voice to speak and the body to act.
Erin Kilmurray and her team curate weekend long slots, or one-night-only performances, for emerging artists. Previously the Featured Artists have been co-curated previously by Joseph Varisco, Molly Brennan, and Bindu Poroori.