Re-imagining the classic cabaret to celebrate body+sex positivity through a feminist perspective
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 femmes 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. FHS brings together professionals and novice performers alike to join the massive ensemble in wild group choreography. A carefully curated rotating set of performance art lays the groundwork for advancing gender equality and self love. 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.
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 redefine what feminism looks like.
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 femme-identified and non-binary folx loving their femme-side - highlighting individuality and breaking the binary standards of expression. The Fly Honeys hold space to invest in self-love. The Hive ensemble serves as The Honey's main-babes; the allies. The Hive folx are masc-identified, masc-expressing, non-binary and non-conforming individuals who shake their tails in support of the Fly Honeys, and in support of their own ability to have unique expressions of gender and self-love. The ensemble embraces new heritage that empowers the voice to speak, the body to act, and the mind to respect femininity as an energizing strength.
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.