By Teale Sperling
Lucky for us, this big top isn’t packing up and leaving any time soon. Housed in an industrial building in Bushwick, the House of Yes is not your typical circus. Combining aerial arts and acrobatics, live music, DJ’s, clowning, burlesque, theater and the all night dance parties you won’t stop talking about, the House of Yes is guaranteed to be a venue unlike any you’ve ever experienced.
Running through April 17, 2011 at House of Yes is Caligula Maximus
, an extravagant interactive musical of circus, sex and world domination. According to the website
, “Set on the last night of the notorious emperor’s life, the debaucherous Caligula takes on a beautific Jesus Christ in an X-rated wrestling match for the hearts and hard-ons of ancient Rome.”
The House of Yes will stage their own version of Spider Man, that according to Lady Circus member Kae Burke, “will blow the Broadway version out of the water, featuring high tech aerial production and stunningly dangerous entertainment.” Check the site for the latest listings.
Founded in 2008 by Burke and fellow Lady Circus
member Anya Sapoznhikova, the House of Yes
has become the only theater in New York City specifically dedicated to aerial arts. Since they opened, their space has become a cultural establishment for theatrical performance, circus training and collaboration across all art forms. Containing a 30-foot aerial truss, an in-house recording and sound studio and a costume shop on the second floor, the House of Yes literally houses everything it needs to produce it’s own creative and unique endeavors.
Hosting monthly variety shows in addition to creating their own original works (including their own take on the annual Christmas Spectacular), founder Kae Burke says “when a variety of performers with different skills come together you learn a lot more than you would otherwise,” fueling the range of variety and distinction in their work.
The House of Yes has become a “space for cultural interaction as well as theatrical performance,” notes Kae, with shows concluding in dance parties, the most recent being a benefit for Japan. In addition to their original works, the House of Yes rents out their space to host other artist’s projects as well. Past events have included album and video release parties, fundraisers, fashion shows and dinner parties.