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The Queens of Hot Brown Honey Are Finally Centerstage

Step into the Hive: the first thing you might notice on theHot Brown Honey  stage is the giant honeycomb set piece– a majestic light-up structure that serves as DJ booth and stage backdrop. While finding your seat, you’ll be greeted by one of the six Honeys themselves, warmly welcoming you to the show while wearing yellow and brown tracksuits (that sport the show’s title on the back) and large afro-pick shaped earrings.
The six First Nations women (from Aboriginal Australian, Samoan, Tongan, Indonesian and South African backgrounds) of Hot Brown Honey have no interest in a fourth wall (or any divisive structure for that matter). Both the show’s director (and performer), Lisa Fa’alafi and performer Ofa Fotu welcome the audience before the show officially begins, and both proudly declare into the microphone, “This is live theatre, we can see you!” as a reminder that our passivity won’t get us very far in this world. At  Hot Brown Honey the audience does better when we lose the observer etiquette, root into our bodies, and open our ears, our hearts, and our voices. “Repetition is key” ...
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Nicki Miller

Nicki Miller is an NYC based director and performer known for her theatrical take on aerial arts. She is co-founding artistic director of Only Child Aerial Theatre (ASYLUM NYU Skirball CN:ICE, Framework INSITU Site-Specific Dance Festival). Her work as aerial designer and choreographer has most notably been included in Ripe Time’s The World is Round at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) directed by Rachel Dickstein. Recently Nicki was assistant director of 5th Wall Studio's Breaking Surface in NYC. She has also been a resident artist at Cirkus Cirkör (Sweden), the 2016/17 New Victory LabWorks Program, the Santa Barbara Floor to Air Festival, Circus Sessions at Toronto's Harbourfront Centre, the Contemporary Circus Arts Festival of Toronto, and was the recipient of the Glenn P. Davis Aerial Choreographer’s scholarship award for the 2018 Frequent Flyers’ Aerial Dance Festival in Colorado. In 2017 Nicki spent two months in Europe assisting and observing projects at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Shakespeare's Globe, as well as advanced training with Frantic Assembly. She also completed a creative residency in Sweden, where she also shadowed Cirkus Cirkör director Olle Strandberg on the premiere of his new show Under. Nicki is a graduate of Syracuse University's College of Visual and Performing Arts. She is also a freelance director, aerial theatre consultant, and educator.