BIRDHOUSE is a New York City based artist collective that creates site-specific and intensely physical performance and installation works that confront cultural ideas of humanity, love, violence, and community. The collective was born in 2018 out of director RavenTaisce White’s desire to bring people together with art, and thus functions necessarily through collaboration. Through an intense, communal studio practice of unknowing, relearning, and unknowing again, the artists strive to find honesty in their work and power in their relationships. By performing as being human, BIRDHOUSE strives to shed light on the complexities of human nature. The collective itself is made up of multiple genders, sexualities, races, nationalities, and beliefs, and has found success simply in coming together as a group of steadfast friends.
BIRDHOUSE presented their first full-length production, HOT WINTER, at TheaterLab NYC in March, 2018, recreating it shortly thereafter at Little Skips Coffee. The company was then invited by Susan Marshall to create a duet for her show Prototypes, performed at La Mama, NYC in June, 2018. The duet, directed by Raven and created with BIRDHOUSE artists Bryn Hlava and Mitchell Christie, was met with critical praise. Art House productions in Jersey City has invited BIRDHOUSE to be their first artist in residence, to recreate HOT WINTER for there warehouse theater space. BIRDHOUSE will then continue creating i see the sun on your back, a new work for TheaterLab to premiere in November 2018. The company is looking forward to more projects in 2019 in collaboration with TheaterLab and several Brooklyn gallery spaces.
The BIRDHOUSE community is currently made up of Tiffany Ogburn, Clark Griffin, Sienna Blaw, Raven White, Maximillion Canion, Sebastian Abarbanell, and Bryn Hlava. Artists on hiatus: Emily Wohl and Mitchell Christie.
“Raven White choreographed #12 – a soothing, meditative dance of longing and giving into another person. Bryn Hlava and Mitchell Christie blissfully melted into each other and floor. It was deliciously soporific inducing a feeling of deep calm. Their dancing was making everything right with the world and sucking out any tension spots in the audience with their love lullaby.” – Jacquelyn Clair of Stage Biz