No)one. Art House
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For the last 7 years, No)one. Art House has been a community based organization focused on producing high level performances, films, and educational opportunities for the marginalized arts community in Los Angeles. We have offered primarily scholarship based dance and arts education from some of the most notable leaders in the field, and collaborated/self-produced movement based performances tackling issues such as gentrification, redlining, Black Identity, the Great Migration, and radical empathy free of charge to patrons in the city’s premier art institutions including MOCA LA, the California African American Museum, and the Getty Museum.
Our latest film hbny, responds to Nicolas Poussin’s painting The Abduction of the Sabine Women, in which Poussin depicts Roman men being ordered to capture women from a nearby town to take as their new wives to grow their empire. hbny de-centralizes the traumatizing event and gives the abductees a voice separate from that of their captor. Historically, art and the retelling of history primarily depicts the perspective of the dominating class, ultimately alluding the notion that the marginalized have had no perspective or voice prior to the moment of their capture. We see this exemplified specifically in black American cinema where far too often the only stories depicted are that of tragedy and sorrow. Using the Sabine capture from Roman mythology, the folklore of the Arroyo Seco/Devil’s Gate where the film will be shot, and zen priestess Angel Kyodo William’s Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living with Fearlessness and Grace – the film will act as a catalyst for a public discussion of spirituality within the POC community, and how archetypal retellings of battle under the guise of expansion or religious freedom can be a deterrent to the marginalized finding true peace in a binary society.
As his research continues, Jay has adapted FLEX to shift in response to new communities and spaces outside of the theater. Partnering with universities and local organizations, FLEX is accompanied by workshops and classes that allow participants to engage more deeply with the themes of colonization, obedience, resistance, and solidarity.