House Of Yes
- Tuesday, October 16th, 2018
- Brooklyn | cool orgs | Cool spaces NYC | electronic music | Experimental | Festivals | HOME-NYC |
From July of 2008 to August 2013, House of Yes ran a circus theatre and creative event space in East Williamsburg Brooklyn, hosting aerial classes, creative events and circus theatre. Although we lost our space to rising rent, House of Yes did not lose its passion and dedication to making amazing performance for amazing audiences.
After six months of searching for a new space, House of Yes finally signed a 10 year lease along with new collaborators Justin Ahiyon and Ilan Telmont. Located in Bushwick right outside the Jefferson Street L train stop, the location of the newest House of Yes has brought us full circle, back to the neighborhood where it all started.
HOW IT BEGAN
The First House of Yes started innocently enough- in April of 2007, a friend of a friend was looking for someone to take over their lease on a 2,500 square foot second floor loft located at 19-49 Troutman Street. The place was a wreck, a hippie- punk squat house complete with hallways filled with trash, leaky ceilings and curious odors. “It is perfect” said Anya Sapozhnikova. She signed the lease.
And so it began. This was a project driven by passion, not dollars. The goal was to build a true creative live/ work space that could host an occasional dance party or circus class. Walls were torn down, kitchens were installed, studios were created, stages were built. After deliberating names such as “Crystal Palace” and “Troutwick Bushman” the House of Yes was eventually dubbed “House of Yes”.
The rooms were rented to artists, musicians, dancers and creatives who became family, collectively hosting dinner parties, movie screenings, yoga mornings and monthly dance parties. Every week, the House of Yes collective invited the extended community over for Make Fun Sewing Nights (Tuesdays) and Circus Skill Share nights (Wednesdays). Anya’s Best Friend from High School Kae Burke had moved in, and everyone lived happily forever and ever… until April 22nd, 2008 when a kitchen fire turned the candy-colored bohemian paradise into a blazing inferno. It required 8 fire trucks to extinguish the fire. The House of Yes lasted less than a year.
Sound systems and sewing machines became molten plastic and costumes and bedrooms turned to colorless ash. The beloved cat pilgrim could not be rescued. Although the rest of the residents made it out alive, they had lost not only their possessions but also their creative homes and art space.
Yes to support by taking classes, seeing performances, coming to events or volunteering their time to be with like minded creatives.