HONEY HONEY: PHASE I & II
photos by kenzi crash
When Ninth Planet came together with Brandi Burgess in December 2017 to make a new performance for young audiences, we committed to examining co-authorship as both philosophy and practice. We saw this work as an opportunity to collectively vision a future that does not yet exist; one that will be shaped by young queer, trans*, non-binary people, and people of color.
Honey Honey, the script, was being co-authored by an ensemble of 13 creators, performers, writers and musicians made up predominantly of artists from the aforementioned communities.
Our methodologies were rooted in consensus, collective reflection and visioning, and long-term commitment to the growth of individuals. As artists of mixed identities (race, gender, and sexuality), we acknowledge the oppressive structures we have inherited from formalized performance training, and how they have influenced us as individuals. We know we cannot achieve justice for queer and trans* artists and artists of color in our sector until we undo the effects of a creative process driven by the vision and decision-making of singular playwrights/auteurs. Our aim is to use our various levels of privilege to disrupt the paradigm that leaves these stories at the margin, especially in the field of performance for young audiences.
Across 2017 and 2018, the primary theatrical script for Honey Honey was co-authored by a team composed of 15 devisers, editors, mangers and musicians; including Paloma Irizarry, Anthony Martinez-Briggs, Sav Souza, Emily Johnson, Jackie Soro, Kira Rodriguez, Rachel Sumi Ishikawa, Jacqueline Constance, Nia Benjamin, Brandi Burgess, Sam Tower, and young collaborators from the Attic Youth Center. Stage Management by Nic Labadie-Bartz and Franny Mestrich. Production Management by Sara Marinich. Dramaturgy by Arianna Gass.
2018 | Audio Visual Installation at the Painted Bride Art Center
2018 | Informal Showing presented at the University of the Arts School of Dance
2019 | Pop-Up Performance at Honey Honey Happy Hour (Art Sanctuary)
2019 | Work Showing at Cherry Street Pier for First Friday October, supported by Theatre Philadelphia