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The People’s Ring Shout

May 4 @ 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

In conjunction with our exhibition, The United Colors of Robert Earl Paige, Honey Pot Performance presents The People’s Ring Shout, an experimental movement and sound workshop inspired by traditional ring shout rituals. As a core symbol in Honey Pot Performance’s practice, they engage this early Black Americana form of movement, song, and collectivity to explore the power of embodied Black heritage and spirituality. HPP’s exploration of the ring shout derives from their original work Ladies Ring Shout, an evening length performance and celebration of Black women and femme voices, that explored themes such as representation, love, trauma, quality of life, spirituality, healing, and defining communities of care. 

About Honey Pot Performance

Honey Pot Performance is a creative collaborative chronicling Afro-feminist and Black diasporic subjectivities amidst the pressures of contemporary global life.

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 critical performance, public humanities programming, and deep community engagement, we emphasize everyday ways of valuing the human.

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.


Hyde Park Art Center
5020 South Cornell Avenue, Chicago, IL 60615
Chicago, IL 60615 US
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