Brandon Collwes (dancer)
Brandon Collwes trained at the Pittsburgh CLO in musical theater and jazz dance, at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater when he studied George Balanchine technique, the Creative and Performing Arts High School of Pittsburgh where he started making his own choreography, and the Juilliard School and SUNY Purchase for some college. He became a member of the CDF Repertory Understudy Group in 2003 where he worked closely with and was trained by Merce Cunningham. He joined the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in January 2006 where he danced up until the close of the Company in 2011 in the finale Legacy World Tour. He is currently a dancer and rehearsal assistant of the Liz Gerring Dance Company, performs for Sally Slivers and Dancers, and continues to teach and stage Cunningham works for the Merce Cunningham Trust. Since April 2020 he has collaborated with composer John King on a weekly live unedited performance event called “Sonic Gathering” which has a rotating cast of dancers and musicians performing on zoom and is also an abstract painter.