Brian Gerke | Dancer
Brian Gerke was born and raised in Missoula, Montana, and he received his initial dance training at the University of Montana. Brian joined Headwaters Dance Company (formerly Mo-Tran) in 2002, and in 2005, he relocated to NYC and began dancing with Hilary Easton + Co., Juliana May's MayDance, Sondra Loring and Dancers, and at the Trisha Brown Dance school, where he was a scholarship student.
In 2007, Brian immigrated to Reykjavik to continue a burgeoning artistic collaboration with Steinunn Ketilsdóttir and eventually form their own dance company called “Steinunn and Brian.” Brian joined the Iceland Dance Company in the autumn of 2012 and became a featured and award-winning soloist throughout his tenure there until 2015.
Brian has served as the director of the Contemporary Dance Department at the National Ballet Academy of Iceland, as a guest professor at Iceland Arts University and the National Jazz School (JSB), and as a teacher at Kramhusid Community World Dance Center in Reykjavik. His work has been commissioned by Universities and professional dance companies in the US and abroad. In 2012, his work MEAT premiered in Salt Lake City at the American College Dance Festival and was selected to represent the northwest region of the United States at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Brian most recently created a new work entitled “Island” on students at California State University in San Marcos, and in 2017, he has been commissioned by Iceland Arts University and the University of Montana to create new works in the 2017-18 academic year. Brian is currently a graduate student in his second year at the University of Utah.
Chang Liu | Dancer
Chang Liu (Leo) received his BA degree in Beijing Dance Academy majoring in Chinese Classical Dance in 2012. After graduating, he served in the Chinese People's Liberation Army as a professional dancer for Air Force Dance Company and worked for the Professional Art Academy of Hubei Province as the head of Department of Modern and Pop Dance until 2015. Leo is currently a graduate student in his second year at the University of Utah.
Breeanne Saxton | Dancer
Breeanne Saxton is a free lance dance artist based in Salt Lake City. Since receiving her BFA in modern dance from the University of Utah in 2015 she has had the privilege to work as a guest artist with Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, co-create the role of Alex for the immersive dance-theater production Sonder produced by Brown Rice Productions and Sackerson, and work with artists including Molly Heller, New World Presents, SecretSlc, and Utah Opera. Her choreography has been presented by Salt Lake City community college, Raw Artists, and independently in various self produced shows. She is currently crafting an evening length immersive dance-theater experience to premier in 2018, teaching master classes, and traveling to present her work.
Casey Van Portfleet | Sound Maker
Casey Van Portfleet has quietly been making noise for over fifteen years. Based in the SF Bay Area for most of his career, he worked as a core member of Hatch Performance Collective and as an accompanist for modern/contemporary dance classes at Sonoma State University. Along with his collaborations with Nichele, he has created original sound scores for Mid to West Dance Collective and EAAOdance, and has worked with Anne Bluethenthal's ABD Productions.