Sister Shake’: The Lecture

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Sister Shake’: The Lecture

Sister Shake’: The Lecture – A presentation on black women in burlesque history by Chicava Honeychild to take place on Thursday, September 15, 2016 from 7-9pm at the Joan Mitchell Foundation Center on Bayou Road.


About the event:

Sister Shake is a visual lecture through black burlesque heritage from the late 1800s through the present. Burlesque’s history in America reflects the segregation, discrimination, and exotification that women of color had to contend with in all walks of life. Sister Shake is a recovery of a heritage of the urgently glamorous sort – nestled in the history of America from Jim Crow to the present, seeping into every aspect of the arts in America – jazz, theater, film and literature. Chicava Honeychild narrates this presentation based on her cultivation through a nine-year journey of late nights of internet sleuthing, digging through the annals of Jet Magazine,and African-American newspapers from the late 1800s on and the piecing together of a lineage of renegade black women.  She has presented this lecture at Rutgers University, The New School University, Sarah Lawrence College and SisterSong’s bi-annual conference.

About the presenter:

Chicava HoneyChildTate is a burlesque danseur, teacher, actor and producer.  She is the Creative Producer and Proprietress of New York City’s Brown Girls Burlesque and lead teacher of The Broad Squad Institute. She received her MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from Goddard College.  Her areas of interest are performance art, women of color in burlesque heritage, and sacred sexuality and spirituality. She is an artist in residence at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater where she produces an immersive DJ based burlesque show called “Last Night A DJ Saved My Life” with varying themes and a live blues & jazz burlesque revue called “The Dirty Honey Shake”. She is currently working on a documentary and companion book on the legacy of Women of Color in burlesque heritage.  For more background visit: