Thick Routes Performance Collage (Honey Pot Performance)
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.