Erin Kilmurray is a choreographer + performer of fierce power + vivid imagery, drawing upon a contemporary dance practice, devised ensemble process, space-making, and a long standing relationship with nightlife culture + theater. She makes inclusive, energetic, thoughtful live performance exchanges, not just in the body but also in environments.
Always curious to renegotiate lines between performer and spectator, Erin’s work facilitates collaboration with the witnessing audience and the space it is being presented in - igniting in a place where people with differing experiences with dance can recognize. She works in order to foster collaborative projects that empower and rally intersectionality by the sharing of lived experiences, dances, and personal stories.
Kilmurray’s work intentionally shifts between immersive and proscenium formats, resonating in concert dance spaces, performance galleries, music venues, parties and film. Consequently, these dances have been presented by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, The Cambrian’s, The Chicago Reader, Chicago Dancemakers Forum, Salonathon, The Soho House, Metro Chicago, WBEZ Chicago, the Empty Bottle Presents, Thalia Hall, Chicago Park District - Dance in the Parks, and Chicago Artist Coalition.
In addition to her independent work, Kilmurray is the creator + director of The Fly Honey Show— named a "a Chicago institution " by the Chicago Reader— which is now headed into its 10th season.
Kilmurray is also a founding member of interdisciplinary production company The Inconvenience, provides movement direction for theater production,s and has taught at The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, The University of Chicago, Loyola University, and Links Hall, among others.
Kilmurray’s work has been described as having ".... a keen ability to appeal to the masses" (See Chicago Dance)+ has received acclaimed reviews being named “Best Choreographer 2014” (Chicago Reader) and one of “Four Artists Heating Up This Fall” (Chicago Magazine).
Her work has been supported through residency + commission from Links Hall's Co-Mission Residency (Fall 2018), High Concept Labs Sponsored Artist Program, + The University of Chicago (Chicago Performance Lab). Kilmurray is grateful to be a recipient of the 2017 3arts "Make-A-Wave" award, the Chicago Community Trust's Young Leader's Fund, and is a Chicago Dancemaker's Forum 2018 Greenhouse Grant awardee.