Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Art House Presents First Artist in Residence



Artist in Residence I: Raven Taisce White, Founder of the BIRDHOUSE Collective

WHEN: 21st - September 23rd, Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m.; Sunday at 5:00 p.m.
Art House Productions, 262 17th Street, Jersey City
To purchase, visit arthouseproductions.org or call 201-918-6019.

Art House Productions presents HOT WINTER, featuring our first Artist-in-Residence: Raven Taisce White Founder of the BIRDHOUSE Collective. HOT WINTER follows five humans as they struggle to understand one another, unifying in difference and falling apart in sameness. The performers occupy a world between the real and unreal, moving through confusion, violence and shifting gravities to find communication through touch and mutually decided blindness. HOT WINTER is a surrealistic look at the performers’ collective universe, each of their own worlds vibrating alone within it.

BIRDHOUSE is a collaborative New York City based artist collective founded in 2018 by director Raven Taisce White. BIRDHOUSE creates intensely physical performance and installation works that confront cultural ideas of humanity, love, violence, and community. Through a studio practice of unknowing, relearning, and unknowing again, the artists strive to find honesty in their work and power in their relationships. The BIRDHOUSE community is currently made up of Tiffany Ogburn, Clark Griffin, Raven White, Maximillion Canion, Sebastian Abarbanell, Sienna Blaw, and Bryn Hlava. Artists on hiatus: Emily Wohl and Mitchell Christie.

Raven Taisce White is a trans woman from South Carolina. She has found art as her way of taking power from her experiences while helping others see humanity in a new light. She graduated from Princeton University in 2016 with a degree in visual art and choreography, before moving to Berlin for a three month study in improvisational practices. There, she was introduced to the philosophy of “unknowing” by Sonja Pregrad — a mental practice of letting go through acceptance that is now the core of Raven’s creative process. In 2018, she founded BIRDHOUSE, a New York City based artist collective. BIRDHOUSE presented their first full-length production, HOT WINTER, at TheaterLab NYC in March 2018. Raven is mentored by choreographer and Princeton dance director Susan Marshall, who invited her to choreograph a duet for her show Prototypes, presented at La MaMa in July 2018. The duet was met with critical praise. Raven is currently directing The Open Window, a new BIRDHOUSE work for TheaterLab, and will be directing TheaterLab’s Mothers/Myths/Monsters, an all fem-identified production for 2019.

About Art House Productions

Art House Productions (AHP) was founded shortly after the devastating events of September 11, 2001 in order create a safe and healing place for artists and community members to connect through creative expression. Since then, AHP has grown significantly. In 2007, AHP became a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization and was presented with the Key to the City by Jersey City for being a pioneer of artistic and cultural programming and a model of what the arts can do for evolving urban centers. Now in its 17th year, AHP presents a professional season of two Actors' Equity Association mainstage productions, four curated visual art exhibitions, over six youth and adult arts education programs both in school and after school, and the free, quarterly arts festival, JC Fridays, which serves over 15,000 people annually.

AHP's mission is to engage, inspire, entertain and challenge audiences with highly intentional visual and performing arts programming; provide arts education to promote lifelong learning to diverse communities; and celebrate the essential power of the arts to illuminate humanity. AHP provides a home for innovative performing, visual, and literary artists to develop new work; presents emerging and under-recognized artists who are making significant contributions to their respective fields; and serves as a safe space for established artists to take creative risks.

Made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, A Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs/Tourism Development, and by the County of Hudson, Thomas A. DeGise, Hudson County Executive, and the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders.


Art House's 5,500 square foot facility has elevator access, gender-neutral family bathrooms, and wheelchair ramp accessibility. For accessibility requests and inquiries, please contact info@arthouseproductions.org or call 201-918-6019