the Function

Upcoming Dates

May 24, 8:00pm
May 31, 8:00pm
Jun 7, 8:00pm
Jun 14, 8:00pm
Event Type
Event Description

ERIN KILMURRAY + collaborators present the Function

Four Shows - Friday Nights

May 24 + May 31 + June 7 + June 14

@ 3124 W Caroll Avenue.


The Function is an electric, femme-powered, world-building dance performance that asks and imagines what is possible when we are empowered to not only envision, but actually rebuild our environments, atmospheres, futures, and realities.

Amidst a playground of choreography and objects, four virtuosic dancers actively create, operate, and destroy their own utopias. They strategize and troubleshoot through the inevitable happenings of live performance, inviting audiences to witness their dynamic journey forward.

Created through cross-trainings between dancers, production designers, and DJ, the piece is a demonstration of genre-bending DIY stage craft, iterative, athletic movement, and bass-driven, sonic sound by iconic DJ VITIGRRL .

Born from Chicago’s fringe performance scenes, the Function first premiered at the Museum of Contemporary Art (2022).  Now, the work is reshaped for its very first extended run at Land and Sea Dept.’s warehouse space in East Garfield Park.

Seating is limited! Expect an intimate space with big house-party energy.


Doors at 7:30P ; Show at 8PM

Estimated run time: 60 minutes, no intermission

Tickets : $10- $25
** Tickets for each tier are limited. Please select the ticketing option that best reflects your financial bandwidth, privilege, and capacity to support self-produced art and events in Chicago.


the Function

Concept, Direction, and Production Design by
choreographer Erin Kilmurray

Performance + Movement collaboration by
Hannah Santistevan
Keyierra Collins
Kierah {KIKI} King
Maggie Vannucci
with Deandra Alaba (May 31 only)

Sound Design by
VITIGRRL aka Hannah Viti

Technical Direction by
Bran Moorhead

Dramaturgy by
Dani Weider

Assistant Direction by
Sarah Ellen Miller

Production Associate
Vic Wynter

Produced by
Erin Kilmurray

** the Function has been made possible through creative residency and support from Chicago Dancemaker’s Forum, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, The Harris Theater for Music and Dance, Ragdale Foundation, the Field Center for Performance, Dance, and Interdisciplinary Arts (VT), Vashon Island Artist Residency (WA).

Running Time
65 minutes, no intermission
Dance Styles
Modern / Contemporary


Land and Sea Dept.

3124 W Carroll Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612