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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

HOT WINTER by BIRDHOUSE at Art House in Jersey City



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.


Performances of Hot Winter run September 21st - September 23rd, Friday and Saturday
at 8:00 p.m.; Sunday at 5:00 p.m at Art House Productions, 262 17th Street, Jersey City. Tickets: $20. To purchase, visit arthouseproductions.org or call 201-918-6019.


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.


Accessibility
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

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