Conceived of by Courtney Wise and Robert Dekkers in 2017, Art Haus Collective is a performing arts organization dedicated to bringing edgy, spectacular performances of classical and contemporary works into unique spaces. In 2017 their performance of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring at Burning Man drew a crowd of estimated 10,000 and a photo capturing the moment earned a spot in the Smithsonian “No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man” exhibit. The group is made up largely of members of the Bay Area arts communities as well as artists from all over the world. Art Haus is creating exciting new experiences around classical music that defy expectations.
Stravinsky Festival Preview in 48 Hills
Rite of Spring photos in Business Insider
24 Hours at Burning Man Interviews
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Rite of Spring in USA Today's photo slideshow
Rite of Spring Preview in the SF Chronicle
Rite of Spring Preview in Critical Dance
Director of Choreography
At the age of 31, Brad has performed extensively throughout North America, Europe and Japan. Equally comfortable on stage, on the podium, and in the classroom, he is the Assistant Professor of Wind Ensemble and Conducting at San Francisco State University, the music director and conductor of the Contra Costa Wind Symphony, while maintaining a busy performance schedule as a trumpeter.
Since moving to Bay Area, he has performed with the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Ballet, UC Berkeley's Eco Ensemble, the San Francisco Contremporary Music players, and many of the Bay Areas orchestras and ensembles. He is currently the acting 2nd trumpet for the Reno Chamber Orchestra’s 2016-2017 season.
An avid educator, he was the Chair of Instrumental Music, Band and Orchestra director of Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts High School. Prior to moving to the Bay Area, Brad taught music for one year at the Gunma Kokusai Academy in Ota Gunma, Japan.
Brad holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the San Francisco
Conservatory of Music. More info can be found at www.bradhogarth.com
Courtney first discovered the magic of Burning Man in 2015 camping with Teddies on Teddies, and was immediately hooked. After her return in 2016, a vision of ballet dancers and orchestra members out on the open playa pushed her to incorporate her professional work into the world of Burning Man, and upon the announcement that the theme of 2017 would be Radical Ritual, she knew that a performance of Rite of Spring was in order. Together with Robert Dekkers, she founded Art Haus for this purpose.
Courtney holds a Bachelors of Music in flute performance from the University Of Southern California Thornton School Of Music and a Masters of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She is a co-founding member of the flute and guitar duo, Duo Bohème with Guitarist Lyle Sheffler which boasts a wide repertoire of varying genres of flute and guitar music from around the globe. The duo released their debut album, Senza Misura, in November 2014 to glowing acclaim.
In addition to performing, Courtney teaches privately in San Francisco and San Mateo. For more about her professional activities, visit www.courtneywise.com
Named “25 To Watch” by DANCE Magazine, Robert Dekkers is founder and artistic director of Post:Ballet. Collaborating with eclectic artists to present programming that is “anything but risk averse” (SF Chronicle), Robert has created a range of new works for Post together with artists working in film, visual art, animation, architecture, sculpture, fashion design, and new music.
Robert has received commissions from Atlanta Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Grand Rapids Ballet, Smuin Ballet, sjDANCEco, Novaballet, and Diablo Ballet, where he is currently resident choreographer. His works have been presented at venues including the Tanzsommer Festival (Vienna), the Ballet Builders Showcase (New York City), Against the Grain (Seattle), and West Wave Dance Festival (San Francisco). Robert danced professionally with Ballet Arizona, ODC/Dance, Company C Contemporary Ballet, and Diablo Ballet, where he was nominated for an Isadora Duncan Award for “Outstanding Performance- Individual” for his 2012-13 season. Robert is a faculty member at Berkeley Ballet Theater and regularly teaches company classes for LINES Ballet, Smuin Ballet, and ODC/Dance.
In 2013, Robert attended the Burn for the first time with his dear friend Jan the Divine. In 2015, he married his now husband (Christian Squires, aka Instigator) on the Playa and in 2016, he returned to Black Rock City once more to perform, participate, and play. Find out more about Robert’s work at postballet.org.
Jeannie is the principal clarinetist with the Reno Chamber Orchestra as well as the second clarinetist with the Fresno Philharmonic. She has appeared with the San Francisco Symphony, the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, the San Francisco Opera, and the New Century Chamber Orchestra. Jeannie also plays clarinet with the Bay Area Woodwind Sextet Frequency 49.
Born and raised in the Sunset District of San Francisco, Jeannie attended the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts high school, and also played clarinet in the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra. She began her undergrad at Rice University and completed her Bachelors of Music at the Eastman School of Music, where she toured with the Eastman Wind Ensemble and studied with both Kenneth Grant and Jon Manasse. Jeannie graduated with her Master's degree in clarinet performance at the San Francisco Conservatory in 2012, where she studied with Luis Baez and was awarded Departmental Honors.
Christian Squires is costume designer and creative director for Post:Ballet as well as a principal dancer with the company. Christian has danced with Boston Ballet, Copenhagen International Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Smuin Ballet, and Diablo Ballet, performing featured roles in works by choreographers including William Forsythe, George Balanchine, Val Caniparoli, Twyla Tharp, Jorma Elo, James Kudelka, and Helen Pickett. Christian uses his experience as a dancer, as well as his talent to encapsulate an idea visually through the use of costuming, to develop a unique visual environment for each of his eclectic collaborations. Christian has costumed several of Robert Dekkers’ works, including Happy Ending, ourevolution, See Saw, Flight of the Dodo, AnOther, and Post’s full-evening collaboration with The Living Earth Show, Do Be. He recently collaborated with Robert to create costumes for Firebird, an original full-length production with Quixotic Cirque Noveau, and is excited to be a part of Art Haus
Photos from Burning Man 2017
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