Erin Kilmurray + collaborators

Organization Type
Individual Artist

Erin Kilmurray (she/they) is a Chicago-based dance artist creating genre-straddling, performance work that demands aliveness and collectivity on stage, in studio, and with audiences. They facilitate a dance and community practice that relentlessly explores the celebrations and liberations of women, queer folks, and the underdog. Her work embraces mess, play, pleasure, spectacle, and lessons in how arbitrary the line between artist and audience can be. Consequently, her choreography has been presented in contemporary performance spaces, music venues, public parks, at bars, nightclubs, and on screen including the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Thalia Hall, The Dance Center of Columbia College, Lollapalooza, Empty Bottle, Pivot Arts, Metro, Visceral Dance Chicago, Beauty Bar, The Chicago Cultural Center, among others. Her 2019 evening-length work, SEARCH PARTY was selected for a month-long cultural-exchange tour with dancebox-Kobe (Japan) the same year.

Erin is the creator / director / choreographer of legendary all-body-loving, fiercely empowering, queer punk performance project The Fly Honey Show (established in 2010), which recently sold out the rock venue Thalia Hall, was featured at Lollapalooza 2022, and named a “Chicago institution” (Chicago Reader). Erin is recognized as a United States Artist Fellow in Dance (2024), an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship Awardee (2023), a Links Hall Co-Mission Fellow (2022-2023), a Chicago Dancemakers Lab Artist (2020), and recognized as 50 People Who Really Perform for Chicago (2023, 2020; Newcity Stage). Additionally, Erin has made dances for countless independent makers, house shows, parties, music videos, festivals, concerts, and theatrical productions. She teaches at Northwestern University and the University of Chicago.

Dance Styles
Modern / Contemporary


Erin Kilmurray + collaborators

2856 N Hamlin Ave
Chicago, IL 60618


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