"Brainchild of director and choreographer Erin Kilmurray, the Fly Honey Show... blows back the hair of the entirety of Chicago..." - Newcity
Now entering it’s 10th season, The Fly Honey Show is a raucous re-imagination of the classic cabaret whose mission is to shout a feminist agenda through body positive and identity celebratory performance works. Inspired by and with reverence to variety show culture and burlesque practices, The Fly Honey Show (FHS) hold a mission to advancing gender equality by empowering the voice to speak and the body to act through high-energy choreography , high-quality production value and featuring Chicago's premiere performing artists. Kilmurray and her team create and curate provocative material for a rotating ensemble of empowered individuals who "celebrate bodies and self-love in a punk-styled, socially progressive" show through song, dance, spoken word, comedy, and large ensemble choreography with professional and novice dancers alike, all backed by a 9+ piece live band.
Recognized as a "Chicago institution,” the project began with The Inconvenience in 2009 as a one night event with 30 performers for an audience of 200 people. Now headed into it's 10th season, FHS has grown to a grand, raucous annual event featuring over 400 artists to thousands of patrons in a month+ long, sold-out, sweaty summertime run.
In addition to their annual event, The Fly Honeys are a pick up ensemble of dancers, actors, writers, musicians + performance artists who perform commissioned sets with flexible scale under Kilmurray's direction.
The Fly Honeys have been presented by and performed at Thalia Hall, Metro Chicago, The Chicago Reader, The Aviary, The Logan Square Auditorium, No Small Plans Productions, Schlitz Brewing, Salonathon Presents, The Soho House Chicago and Howard Brown Health Center.
FHS in the Press |
Chicago Reader | Fly Honey Show Grows into a Chicago Institution
Chicago Magazine | The Fly Honey Show Turns Up the Heat