Performing Arts at Treefort 2019


Performing arts at Treefort 2019 will leave you awestruck and inspired.

Treefort welcomes Los Angeles-based dance duo WHYTEBERG and Brooklyn-based choreographer and performer Brendan Duggan to this year’s performing arts program, as well as countless local dancers, dance companies, theatre companies, and even puppeteers! Catch performing arts during Treefort 2019 at Boise Contemporary Theater, as well as at the many pop-up events that will happen all over town.

Get to know the performing artists of Treefort 2019.


( los angeles, california )
WHTYEBERG is a Los Angeles-based dance duo created by Gracie WHYTE and Laura BERG as a platform for their collaborative choreographic work. Since their inception in August 2014, WHYTEBERG has performed and choreographed for film, stage, music videos and site-specific productions, working with prominent music artists such as Mac Miller (MTV Video Music Award Nominee, Coachella Music Festival performer/artist); Anderson .Paak (Grammy Best New Artist Nominee); Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros (US Billboard top 10 musician and Coachella Music Festival performer/artist); and Jacob Streilein, an Emmy-award winning animator.

WHYTEBERG aims to create a new site specific pop up work that uses Treefort as its playground. Using the bizarre and whimsical electronic music of Japanese artist Emerson Kitamura, WHYTEBERG will create a traveling piece drawing inspiration from vintage video games. Textured contemporary movement details will be inspired by the choppy and pixelated nature of the game and the story of the piece will be drawn from the kitschy antagonist’s epic character arc. Referencing an activity of adolescence, this new work engages the inner child within and allows the viewer to experience the adult world around them through the playful lens of a more youthful perspective.



( brooklyn, new york )
Brendan Duggan is a Brooklyn-based choreographer and performer who has been creating original works since 2010. Throughout his career, he has performed with artists such as Gallim Dance, Loni Landon, Third Rail Projects’ The Grand Paradise, and Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More. As a choreographer, his work has been presented dozens of times throughout New York City and been commissioned throughout the country for organizations such as SALT Contemporary Dance, Western Michigan University, and Whim W’Him Dance. In 2015, Brendan was named an Emerging Choreographer for Springboard Danse Montréal, and in 2017, he was named the winner of Western Michigan University’s National Choreographic Competition.

At Treefort 2019, Brendan will be creating a new dance theater work in collaboration with local Boise dancers inspired by the vintage cartoon animations of Max Fleischer, the artist responsible for such characters as Koko the Clown and Betty Boop. The new work will focus on the creative power of animation and the life we breathe into our artistic work. Drawing on narrative sources from Fantasia to Frankenstein, the relationship between creator and creation becomes complicated and personal responsibility is questioned.



( portland, oregon )
Born in Manila, Philippines and raised in southern California, Ching Ching Wong began her dance training at Allegria Dance Theater under the direction of Dr. Alia Harlan Kaneaiakala. She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts major in Dance Performance from the University of California, Irvine where she studied with legendary dance maker Donald McKayle.

In 2010, she joined Northwest Dance Project in Portland, Oregon where she has originated roles in creations by Ihsan Rustem, Patrick Delcroix, Lucas Crandall, Felix Landerer, Jiri Pokorny, Didy Veldman, Wen Wei Wang, Sarah Slipper, Alex Soares, Pedro Dias, Carla Mann, and Yin Yue amongst others. She has performed Rustem’s State of Matter, which won both the Sadler’s Wells Global Dance Contest and the Audience Choice Award at the 25th International Competition for Choreographers Hannover and has toured extensively throughout the US, Canada, and Europe on notable stages such as the Joyce Theater NYC and Jacob’s Pillow. Ching Ching’s teaching and dancing has been profiled in Northwest publications including Metro Parent, Willamette Week, Portland Monthly, The Mercury, and Oregon ArtsWatch who have remarked her as “boundlessly personable,” “vividly engaging,” with “fearless attack” and a “maturity with trust, ease, and thoughtfulness.”

Ching Ching has most recently been recognized by the national publication Dance Magazine as 25 to Watch. In 2015 she was awarded The Princess Grace Award in Dance, the most prestigious recognition for dance performance in the United States. Ching Ching is the founder of The Experience, an international dance workshop series, and Project Salamat, a global outreach program. In the Fall of 2017, she embarked on a tour of the U.S. and Asia with violinist-looper Joe Kye for his album “Migrants”. She is honored to have been given the title of assistant to Swiss choreographer Ihsan Rustem and travels internationally to help stage his works.

Treefort Music Fest is incredibly honored to have Ching featured in a few of the many works that will premiere at the fest this year!



( boise, idaho )
Since 1972 Ballet Idaho has been producing classical and contemporary ballet with a commitment to enriching and inspiring the community through quality performances, artistic excellence, disciplined training, outreach, and education. Under the direction of Artistic Director Garrett Anderson, Ballet Idaho will continue its contributions to the community by honoring the classical forms of ballet as well as drawing on the creative talents of contemporary choreographers in order to provide resonant and diverse performances. As Idaho’s only professional ballet company and Academy, Ballet Idaho is committed to providing first-rate instruction to professional and pre-professional dancers, and meaningful experiences to all of our students.

This year, Ballet Idaho takes a new approach to performing at Treefort by creating a series of pop-up performances, pushing the traditional boundaries and definitions of how dance is experienced. Our goal is to continue to produce beautiful and compelling work presented in an accessible, intimate, and unconventional atmosphere.



( boise, idaho )
Since its inception in 2013, Project Flux has established a strong following amongst Boise audiences and the Treasure Valley dance community, presenting works that fuse intricate gestural movement with classical technique and improvised play. Its collaborators include: Ballet Idaho, Boise Dance Co-op, Boise State University, College of Southern Idaho, Idaho Dance Theatre, MING Studios, SALT Dance, TEDx, Treefort Music Fest, 208 Ensemble, and WHYTEBERG LA.

Join Project Flux as they collaborate and create with new artists, re-visit past work, and bring community class to Treefort this year.



( boise, idaho )
Nell Josephine Rollins, an Idaho native, is a performing dance artist. She trained with Balance Dance Company and Ballet Idaho before leaving Boise to attend the University of Utah where she received a BFA in Ballet and a Studio Teaching Certificate. Nell’s choreography has been recognized at the American Dance College Association (ACDA) and the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP). In March 2018, she was accepted into the Northwestern ACDA Conference to represent the University of Utah in Boulder, CO. She presented another work in February 2018 for the YAGP semi- finals in Salt Lake City, UT and won first-place earning her and her dancers a spot in the New York City Finals. Upon returning to Boise, Nell joined Ballet Idaho once more and currently dances for the local multi media contemporary dance company, LED.

For Treefort 2019, Nell will create a collection of vignettes capturing the physical expression of recalling forgotten memories, our feelings as we are carried swiftly through time, and the complications of love. Inspired by the words of poet Owen Lindley, this new work will feature a live speaker, heightening the auditory experience of the performance, as well as the visual.



( portland, oregon )
Luke Wyland is a Portland, OR based interdisciplinary artist, composer, and performer, best known as the mastermind behind the art-pop band AU. Wyland has spent the last 15 years releasing albums and touring internationally, while also composing original music for contemporary dance, film, and television. He’s a restless innovator whose work pushes the boundaries of musical language through experimentation with technology.

For Treefort 2019, Wyland is creating a multi-day immersive sound installation entitled “Broca’s Area”, which seeks to blur the line between performer and audience. Centered on a custom audio setup that allows him to capture numerous sound sources in real time, Wyland’s installation refracts tapestries of sound into long-form, spontaneous compositions. He is inviting musicians, dancers, movement artists, and the audience to interact with the setup as other sources of sound to be woven into the evolving soundscapes. Choreographer Tahni Holt and composer John Niekrasz will join Luke periodically throughout the installation.



( boise, idaho )
Selby Jenkins is a Boise born dancer and choreographer. She has studied at multiple studios in the Boise area, including Studio C and Elevated Dance Project, composing her 15 years of training in all genres of dance. Selby began dancing with Boise dance company ‘Project Flux’ in 2014 and has since been training under mentor Lydia Sakolsky-Basquill. Through Project Flux, Selby has been granted opportunities to perform at Treefort Music Fest, MING Studios, and in the Boise Dance Co-Op. She joined Idaho Dance Theater in November 2016 for their 2016-2017 season, performing in annual showings as well as traveling through Southeast Idaho to be a part of IDT’s Educational Outreach Program. Selby recently spent a year in San Francisco, studying at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, alongside apprenticing with the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company. She currently resides in Boise, further honing her craft and studies through Project Flux Dance, Idaho Dance Theatre, and is currently apprenticing with LED.

For Treefort 2019, Selby returns to create a piece that will be a personal solo work comprised of four transcending short ideas. It will focus on the emotional layers at which she dialogues ideas and captures memories lost in space and time. Her work, ‘de-escalation routes.’ will be a structured improvisation that yields to sensation and pattern.



( boise, idaho )
Originally from Boise, Idaho, Caitlin is a dancer, collaborator, and educator. Caitlin has a BFA in Modern Dance from the University of Oklahoma and while there, was awarded the Scott Salmon Choreography Scholarship. She has most recently spent time working as a freelance dance and theater artist in New York City where she launched her project-based company, Caitlin Cullen / Dance. Throughout her endeavors, she has had the opportunity to study composition under Jesse Zaritt, Alexandra Beller, Doug Varone, and Kate Weare Co. Caitlin’s choreography has been presented throughout the country in locations such as the Harlem Repertoire Theatre, Triskelion Arts, The Tank NYC, 92nd St. Y, University of Oklahoma, Cherokee Mountainside Theater, The American Dance Festival, The Rose Wagner Theatre, and the Boise District Coffee House. Caitlin has since returned to Boise.

For Treefort 2019, Caitlin presents a work that will be designed as a spur to widen the perception of what dance can be by involving the audience to contribute to the process. The dancers and the audience will explore the messiness of being a human and challenge taboos that are often sidelined.



( boise, idaho )
Callie Rose Ritter graduated with a BFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah, and following that, lived in New York City for six years. While living in New York she performed with Kinesis Project Dance Theatre and as a freelancer and model for multiple choreographers and artists. She started choreographing and performing solo work in 2015 in New York City. Since moving back to Boise, her local collaborations include Opera Idaho, Small Matters/Tracy Sunderland, Frankly Burlesque, and Treefort 2018.

For Treefort this year, Callie will present a structured improvisation between herself and two musicians. Incorporating live sound recordings, Callie aims to expand the ever-curious potential of a moment.



( boise, idaho )
Rom Drom is the result of a collaboration with Kelli Brown, Ashley Rose Smith, and Za’Nyah. World dance travels by the group members to locations including Spain, Turkey and Russian were the impetus for the work. Kelli Brown is a choreographer and Flamenco performer. She obtained her MFA in Dance from UW Milwaukee and is a past recipient of the Alexa Rose Artist Grant. Ashley Rose, an Idaho native, is a professional performer and teacher. She specializes in jazz vocals as well as culture-based music and dance including: Turkish Roman, Egyptian Raqs Sharqi & West African dance. She performs solo as well as with her band(s) Tambalka, The Derek Schaible Jazztet & with Steve Fulton Music. Za’Nyah is an award winning dancer and choreographer based out of Boise. With a degree in Theatrical Arts from Central Washington University, Za’Nyah enjoys mixing her backgrounds in theater, ballet, and jazz, with her current love of Romani folkloric dance forms.

For Treefort, this electric collaboration of dance and music will be brought to life for the audiences viewing pleasure.



( boise, idaho )
For a generation of kids raised on ‘PeeWee’s Playhouse’, ‘Dinosaurs’, and, of course, ‘Sesame Street’, puppets are practically a primal link—a cord tying kids raised in the 1980s to that burst of creativity in the afterglow of punk rock, the advent of The Simpsons and MTV. Although, puppets may be a childs’ introduction to the weirdness of real life, the playmakers at HomeGrown Theatre know this to be true: puppets aren’t just for kids. Enter the Horrific Puppet Affair, a cabaret of short horror puppet plays built to make your inner child squirm and scream. A punk-rock continuation of the Victorian art of Toy Theatre, the Horrific Puppet Affair tells strange stories through a wide variety of puppets, hand and rod, shadow-play, marionette, and other bizarre summations.

For Treefort, The Horrific Puppet Affair presents ‘Alligator’, an original shadow-play which features traditional techniques of shadow puppetry alongside modern technology to create a new form of visual storytelling. Taking visual inspiration from German Expressionism, Surrealism, and psychedelic imagery, ‘Alligator’ explores deep-seeded paranoia and fear of otherly invaders.



( boise, idaho )
Boise Contemporary Theater has become an irreplaceable driver of the arts and culture in Boise by creating entertaining, challenging and transformational experiences for twenty three seasons. For Treefort 2019, BCT will present a staged reading of ‘A Wolf Inside the Fence’ by Joe Fisher, a funny and harrowing dark comedy about four wounded people in the Oregon public school system, their dark secrets, twisted desires and maybe, just maybe, redemption.

“Director Benjamin Burdick…strikes a fine balance between the piece’s humor and horror.”



( boise, idaho )
Founded in 2017, Opal Theatre Company entertains, provokes, and inspires the Treasure Valley audiences with world-class and ambitious theatrical experiences. Opal seeks to explore and celebrate the broad diversity of our world and commit to nurturing an inclusive ethos that is welcoming and inspirational to all.

For Treefort 2019, Opal Theatre Company will present a reading of ‘The Humans’, by Stephen Karam, a dark and challenging family drama that tells the story of the Blake family.

Breaking with tradition, Erik Blake has brought his Pennsylvania family to celebrate Thanksgiving at his daughter’s apartment in lower Manhattan. As darkness falls outside the ramshackle pre-war duplex, eerie things start to go bump in the night and the heart and horrors of the Blake clan are exposed.



( boise, idaho )
Campfire Theatre Festival aims to create that around-the-fire feeling within our theatre community here in Boise, Idaho. It’s production outside of Treefort includes a festival that is jam-packed with three full-days of theatre put on by some crazy talented theatre makers, all for the goal of bringing people together and sharing theatre. We hope you laugh, we hope you cry, we hope you make a friend or two. You just have to bring your stories.

For Treefort 2019, Campfire Theatre Festival will present a selected work from it’s rep: ‘The Home Shopping Network Pageant Play’ by Noah Diaz.



( boise, idaho )
Charlie Novak has been performing Guerrilla Hair on the streets of Boise for the last 5 years. For Treefort 2019, she will be debuting ‘Ze Wig Bomber’! Find Charlie rolling up to people on ‘Ze Palace Bike’ where she will provide bomb up-style hair looks with wig accessories and make-up.

Catch performing arts during Treefort 2019 at Boise Contemporary Theater, as well as at the many pop-up events that will happen all over town, with a Treefort Pass.