I AM A CHOREOGRAPHER, PERFORMER + CURATING PRODUCER POWERED BY FIERCE ENERGY AND VIVID IMAGERY. Drawing upon a contemporary dance practice, devised + musical theatre , space-making, and a long standing relationship with nightlife culture, I make inclusive, fiercely energetic, thoughtful live performance exchanges, not just in the body but also in environments.
Always curious to renegotiate lines between performer and spectator, my 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. I make work in order to foster collaborative projects that empower and rally intersectionality by the sharing of live experiences, dances, and personal stories.
This work has been described as having ".... a keen ability to appeal to the masses" + has received acclaimed reviews being named “Best Choreographer 2014” (Chicago Reader) and one of “Four Artists Heating Up This Fall” (Chicago Magazine).
In addition to my independent work, I am the founder, director + choreographer of The Fly Honey Show, named a "... Chicago institution " by the Chicago Reader (2017) and is now headed into it's 10th season, a founding member of interdisciplinary production company, The Inconvenience, choreograph for varied theater productions and teach throughout Chicago.
My 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, Links Hall, The Cambrian’s, The Chicago Reader, Chicago Dancemakers Forum's Elevate Chicago Dance, Salonathon, The Soho House, Metro Chicago, WBEZ Chicago, the Empty Bottle Presents, Thalia Hall, Chicago Park District - Dance in the Parks, Chicago Artist Coalition and for varied theatrical productions.
The development of my work has been supported through a Links Hall's Co-Mission Residency (Fall 2018), High Concept Labs Sponsored Artist Program and 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.
In performance, I am currently dancing with The Cambrian’s, and have been fortunate to appear in the works of companies and dance artists including Kate Corby & Dancers, Same Planet Different World, Jessie Young, Rebecca Lemme, Paige Cunningham, and Katie Spelman.
Kilmurray operates primarily out of HOMEroom studio, a cozy, clean movement + practice space in the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago. For further inquires regarding rehearsal rentals + private showings, screenings and events, please contact Erin directly.
photo by Megan Lee Miller