HPP Receives 2013 ‘Radical Diva’ Grant from Clump

WooHOOO! We are truly grateful to Colin Self and CLUMP (NYC) for announcing Honey Pot Performance as the 2013 recipient of their bi-annual SOCIAL ADVOCACY ARTIST GRANT! Our submission was made possible by friend of HPP and dynamic young curator, Danny Orendorff, who entered a submission on HPP’s behalf in order to help fund our […]

“Sweet Goddess Project”

Original article on The Sweet Goddess Project (premiered at Experimental Station, November, 2011) is a multi-media dance theater work exploring women’s experiences in Chicago House music and dance culture through movement, music, personal stories and spoken word. Physicality ranging from rigorous, high-energy to deeply sensual and internal is performed against a background of House music […]

House music’s sweet goddesses

Original article on Chicago Tribune As with most things house music-related, “The Sweet Goddess Project,” a look at the female experience in house music culture, will be filled with high-voltage dance, but also with spoken word and storytelling, accompanied by house music DJ Jo de Presser. Artistic director Meida McNeal’s multimedia piece will also look at house […]

In Radiant Praise Of The Sweet Goddess Project

Original post by M. Tekhen Strode Destination: Experimental Station.  Several years ago while residing in my Hyde Park apartment on 48th and Drexel, I struck upon the idea of purchasing a bike for some light travel through the neighborhood during the warmer months. When evaluating places to obtain a ride, Blackstone Bicycle Works arose as the nearest […]

Multi-media dance work examines roots of Chicago house music

Original article by Judy Moore EVANSTON — Two performances of “The Sweet Goddess Project” — a multi-media dance theater work that explores the experiences of women in Chicago House music — will be performed at Northwestern University. The performances, hosted by the Northwestern School of Communication’s dance program, will take place at 8 p.m. Friday, […]

The Ladies Ring Shout

Original blog post by Keli Stewart (Because all art is connected and I left their performance as a possessed woman with a desire to write more of us. Thank you Tidal Basin Review for allowing me to blog. I’ve enjoyed it fully.) The Ladies Ring Shout (LRS), a Honey Pot Performance, exists as a performative mining of the contemporary […]

LRS World Premier: TimeOut Chicago’s “Critic’s Pick”!

Check out the review from the Dance section of this week’s edition of TimeOut Chicago below! : “Felicia Holman, Abra Johnson and Meida McNeal premiere their long-gestating portrait of contemporary women of color. Excerpts shown during its two-year creative process have varied broadly, from abstracted dance-theater scenes to direct addresses not far from PowerPoint presentations. […]

Preview review from gender scholar Kulvinder Arora

Ladies Ring Shout Review by Kulvinder Arora Kulvinder Arora, Visiting Assistant Professor at Beloit College, is trained in English and American Literature and researches American and Diasporic cultures. This review was originally posted on Facebook. The Ladies Ring Shout premieres Aug 4th at Defribrillator and runs through August 6. The performers are Abra Johnson, Meida McNeal and Felicia […]

The Ladies Ring Shout on Womanists in the City

Original conversation This week an interview with poet Keli Stewart and ethnographer Meida McNeal about being womanits and McNeal’s world premiere production of The Ladies Ring Shout with Felicia Holman and Abra Johnson.  It debuts at the Defibrillator (1136 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL) on 4-6 August at 8pm.  Tickets available online at Brown Paper Tickets.