Honey Pot Performance

Photo by William (Bill) Frederking

Performance: Juke Cry Hand Clap

This project expands an existing HPP work, Sweet Goddess, as a reference to deepen HPP’s investigation into Chicago house music and dance culture. Juke Cry Hand Clap focuses on house as a conceptual ground to explore Black Chicago’s social practices across the 20th century. Drawing from music forms such as blues/gospel/disco and funk as well as various social dances, Juke Cry Hand Clap explores house as an evolving embodied lineage of African American form of community­making and cultural resistance influenced by the Great Migration from the rural South to the urban North (early 20th century through the early 1970’s).

In Juke Cry Hand Clap, “migration” references Black Chicago’s movement from the South to the North as ritual/fluid historical meditation through the social lens of Chicago house culture dance & music. With Juke Cry Hand Clap, HPP seeks to engage the HCL community through work­in­progress showings and building an archive of video narratives of women’s experiences in house music. Also, given the connections of Chicago house music to other Afro­diasporic genres and experiences, HPP plans to create a map of well­paved Chicago house music spaces in their efforts to historicize local house music culture as firmly rooted in the evolution of the Great Migration adapted to Chicago’s current local/post­industrial urban context.

Photo by William (Bill) Frederking

About the Artists:

Honey Pot Performance (HPP) is a creative collaborative committed to chronicling Afro­diasporic feminist and fringe subjectivities amidst the pressures of contemporary global life. HPP is Felicia Holman, Abra Johnson, Aisha Jean­Baptiste & Meida McNeal. HPP’s mission­­’advancing intimate & nuanced stories of humanity’­­ draws upon the central notion that non­Western, 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. This mission grows out of HPP’s collective passions as artists, scholars, educators and activists following in the footsteps of cultural workers such as Zora Neale Hurston, Beryl McBurnie, Pearl Primus and Katherine Dunham. Venues where HPP has presented works include: Collaboraction, Defbrl8r, Links Hall and Kansas City’s Paragraph Gallery.