Trapeze, Circus and Burlesque Hub Closes With Final Bang

By Meredith Hoffman on July 17, 2013 3:25pm 

EAST WILLIAMSBURG — Their flights, flips, stripteases and sumptuous costumes have won over visitors for five years in their expansive loft space, but now the House of Yes is closing its doors Sunday with a final bang: the Last Aerial and Variety Show.

"Our little circus on Maujer street will perform for you like there is no tomorrow, eyes shining with bittersweet tears. The air will be heavy with nostalgia, as we defy gravity and risk our lives one last time at this address," organizers muse on the venue's Facebook page about the Sunday show. "Nothing is forever except for the legacy we leave behind."

The House of Yes, leaving its Maujer Street space in August due to rising rent, is bringing together its all-time favorite performers this weekend, with the venue's director Kae Burker hosting the end-of-times-themed extravaganza.

"At first we were devastated [about leaving], but now we're excited," she said, noting that their growing reputation and popularity prompted needs for a more "professional space" than the current loft.

"We've grown out of the DIY culture. We renovated our own building with pocket change," said Burke. "We're looking at spaces every day."

Burke said she had no idea when they'd discover an appropriate new space with an affordable price and central location, but she said the House of Yes would "definitely" find a new home.

"We ran an important part of Brooklyn culture," she said.

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