It’s been a long time coming, and even though House of Yes officially opened on New Year’s Eve, the Bushwick performance collective’s brand new (and impressive) space is finally complete, with all the the licenses and permits it ever dreamed of, and it appears to be running on schedule, no less. Kae Burke– the co-founder of House of Yes along with Anya Sapozhnikova– played host last night and, strutting across the stage in impossible heels and sequined bikini number, reminded the audience, “This is our first variety show in two-and-a-half years.” Proof that even a fire, raids by the cops, and a colossal construction project couldn’t keep House of Yes down.
If the House of Yes Revue proved anything that we didn’t already know, it’s that the super long wait to see this project through to the end was worth it. Dancers, acrobats, and burlesque performers shimmied and flipped across the professional looking stage under a wash of what Kae referred to as their “fancy lights.” While a bartender in a skin-tight white, feathery get-up served up some fine looking cocktails. Everything here is scaled to the enormous (save for the mini-corner-resto, Queen of Falafel) – but not empty-warehouse-enormous, we’re talking legit-theater-enormous. And the performers are clearly taking advantage of this.
As lavish as the new House of Yes may be, Kae joked they were still “barely legal” (an improvement on being completely illegal just a few years ago). But as much as some things have been brought up to profesh-level to appease the man (and improve the caliber of performances too), House of Yes has maintained its anything-goes appeal. Last night, it was clear the audience felt the same closeness to the performers that the collective had realized in diminutive former digs.
Click the thumbnails below for more shots of the inaugural Revue, and don’t fret if you missed it– now that the party’s started, it will be almost impossible to avoid House of Yes.
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