The Quantum Ecdysiast - The bad black of burlesque
Chicava HoneyChild is a burlesque danseur, actor, historian, teacher and producer.
Chicava is the 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 being performance art, women of color in burlesque heritage, and sacred sexuality and spirituality. She takes her taglines, "The Quantum Ecdysiast
As an actor she currently stars in Nicole Franklin's Title VII which will premier in February of 2017. Her credits include work with Spike Lee, Robert Altman, and Taylor Mac. Resume & Headshot HERE
As an artist in residence at Joe's Pub at the Public Theater she produces an immersive DJ based burlesque show called Last Night A DJ Saved My Life and a live blues & jazz burlesque revue called The Dirty Honey Shake.
She is currently preparing her second show for the Brooklyn Museum, Strip the Polls America, for the First Saturdays event prior to the 2016 presidential election. She recently returned from Macau, China where she produced a dinner show for Sun City Group Casinos with a cast of 12 dancers.
She lectures and performs on the university circuit on Black Burlesque History, Women's Self Image and Esteem, and Performance Art. She has visited Yale College, Xavier University, Swarthmore College, Sarah Lawrence College, and Wesleyan to name a few.
Her current projects are Sister Shake, a documentary and companion book on the legacy of Women of Color in burlesque heritage and Sacred Burlesque, which incorporates classic burlesque, modern striptease, pinches of Kundalini Yoga, Dunham dance, sacred sexuality, and energetic healing processes.