Dive, Baby, Diveis a dance film that exists in significant darkness. Influenced by 70’s era Grindhouse movies, superheros, comic books and classic female archetypes, Dive, Baby, Dive tells an abstracted narrative that copes with being a victim, a survivor and a hero. Initially created for the stage, Kilmurray collaborated with The Good Night Ladies to reimagine this work for film.
Dive Baby Dive is choreographed by Erin Kilmurray; directed by Jessica Marks + Eve Rydberg (The Good Night Ladies); performed by Virginia Cook, Jillian Endebrock, Maggie Koller, Kaitlin Webster; with sound design by Ariel Zetina featuring She Speaks In Tongues.
This work was made possible with support from Mana Contemporary Chicago + The Inconvenience.
photography | Megan Lee Miller
Fast Forward to the Good Times
A solo performance choreographed + performed by Erin Kilmurray, Fast Forward to the Good Times considers loss and rebuilding through the lasting imprint of an empty space once filled. Accomplished Harpist, Rhapsody Snyder, accompanied the piece with a live performance of her original composition. This work was created as part of The Little Things, a live performance + gallery production by The Inconvenience. Costume by Maggie Dianovsky; premiered at Collaboration in 2012.
Photography | by Ryan Bourque
Bedrooms | Film
A multi-media short film collaboration featuring an all-Chicago team. The film is a narrative comprised of three films that navigate the cycle of relationships and explore that change in dynamics throughout different phases of intimacy. The project began with a series of songs written by Quinn Tsan entitled “The Bedrooms Suite” which mirror the process of the beginning, development, and conclusion of a relationship, with the third song transitioning back to the first to demonstrate the circular nature of our romantic connections.
Choreography Erin Kilmurray + Josh Anderson A Quinn Tsan Production Directed Alex Thompson Cinematography Zoe Lubeck Music Quinn Tsan Filmed at Locallective Gallery; Chicago, April 2015
photography | Matthew Gregory Hollis
Dance in the Parks
commissioned for Dance In The Parks, Kilmurray set excerpts of larger work, SEARCH PARTY, on 4 new dancers from their summer repertory company. This work was performed in 16 Chicagoland parks for over 2000 people within a full program .
SEARCH PARTY : draft 1
performances by Katie Fedrigon, Joe Musiel, Jamie Salas, Natalie Tursi
photos | NehamaShots
unwashed + somewhat slightly dazed
Commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago for their event, The David Bowie Variety Show (2014), Kilmurray choreographed this ensemble piece from the abstracted perspective of a fan in the concert crowd. Leaning into excess and glam, the sequin-clad performers Josh Anderson, Mikey Rioux, Ryan Tang, Jordan Reinwald, Dav Yendler, Tim Parker, Virginia Cook. Erika Farkvam, Santo Scavuzzo, Allison Law stomped and swirled their way to sound design by Mikhail Fiksel.
the itch #2
Commissioned by The Empty Bottle Presents + Jane Beachy for their second annual performance party at The Logan Square Auditorium (2015), Kilmurray choreographed a mass ensemble of dancers to take over the ballroom for the purpose of creating contagious joy through their movement. The Itch #2 was assisted by dancers Josh Anderson + Lori Crosthwait with sound designed by Justin Ignatius Mitchell.
PHOTOS | Matthew Gregory Hollis
Dive Baby Dive | STAGE
Originally premiered at The Den Theater (2012),Dive Baby Dive was later reimagined into film (The Good Night Ladies; 2015) and presented with Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival (2016) at Ruth Page Center for The Arts.
Choreography Erin Kilmurray with performances by Virginia Cook, Cheryl Knowlin, Maggie Koller + Sarah Mitchell.
Commissioned by Chicago musicians, OHMME, Kilmurray choreographed a series of dances influenced by songs from their self-titled EP, woman and ithaca. Premiering at the Hideout Inn and then later again with the band at Constellation, these dances were performed by Adrianna Lombardo, Emily Loar and Lindsey Lee alongside Sima Cunningham and Macie Stewart's live accompaniment.
READ: featured post by local Chicago music blogger, Nosferatune.
photos by Matthew Gregory Hollis
the furies | film
Produced by King is a Fink Productions and directed by Jessica King, The Furies is a series of short dance films that explore how social prohibitions against female anger limit self-actualization for women.
Kilmurray was commissioned and collaborated on two solo works for this project titled Gemma (performed by Kate Kislingbury) and Dani (performed by Kaitlin Webster) .
Premiered with OPEN TV ; The Chicago Cultural Center ; 2017
commissioned by | The Inconvenience for Standing Room Only
premiered at The Viaduct Theater || Chicago || August 2011
Do You Wanna Dance? Yeah!
Priscilla In the Deep End
Choreography Erin Kilmurray
Developed in Salonathon Residency
Camp Wandawega; Elkhorn, WI ; 2014
Commissioned by No Small Plans Productions for their event celebrations the Rebuilding Exchange (at Lagunitas Brewery, Chicago), Kilmurray produced + choreographed an ensemble of 40+ performers by creating a piece inspired by traditional New Orleans second line parades.
She collaborated with local musicians, Low Down Brass Band, who accompanied the performance live.
2NDLINE was then re-created for the opening celebration of the 606/Bloomingdale Trail (June 2015;Opera-matic) + performed to music arranged by John Cicora and a 6-piece marching brass band.