Thick Routes Performance Collage (Honey Pot Performance)

Thick Routes performance Collage was awarded a 2006 LinkUP Residency to produce

“Househedz” which explores the impact of Chicago house music as both club scene and lifestyle choice. The piece unpacks house’s movement vocabulary and style; its undercurrent themes of resistance, liberation and unity; its exploration and fusion of spirituality and sexuality; its changing contexts from club, to basement, to radio station, to mix tape and CD; and its recent local revitalization.
Founded in January of 2001, Thick Routes Performance Collage was a Chicago based women’s performance collective committed to creating original multimedia works at the intersection of entertainment, social activism, and education. TRPC merges dance; spoken word/vocal exploration; original sound scapes based on environmental sounds and ethnographic based conversations/interviews; installations; and video to build innovative and socially relevant performance based scholarship. TRPC recognizes the global need for creativity to continue de-colonizing bodies and minds, to celebrate the importance of everyday stories and communities through art practice, and to challenge current hierarchies and hegemonies of power.

Several of the founding member of TRPC continue to collaborate and produce performance work as Honey Pot Performance is a woman-focused collaborative creative community committed to chronicling and interrogating Afro-diasporic feminist and fringe subjectivities amidst the pressures of contemporary global life. Following in the footsteps of cultural workers such as Zora Neale Hurston, Beryl McBurnie, Pearl Primus and Katherine Dunham, Honey Pot Performance forefronts African diasporic performance traditions. We draw upon a central notion found in performance studies, black feminist discourse and sociology: non-Western, everyday popular and/or folk forms of cultural performance are valuable sites of knowledge production and cultural capital for subjectivities that often exist outside of mainstream communities. Most importantly, Honey Pot Performance enlists modes of creative expressivity to examine the nuances of human relationships including the ways we negotiate identity, belonging and difference in our lives and cultural memberships. Dismantling the vestiges of oppressive social relationships is part of the work. Through performance, we emphasize everyday ways of valuing the human. Honey Pot Performance’s Ma(s)king Her was developed during the 2015 Crossing Boundaries artist residency at University of Chicago’s Arts Public Life and Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture.