2018 Artist & Entertainers

Rikki Morehouse

Rikki Morehouse

Fire Performer, Fireside Soirée

Rikki is a passionate and dedicated performer, teacher, and designer of things. She is also a contortionist-hand balancing-aerialist clown, and one of the creators of SacCirque, a sacramento based collective of circus and flow artists (saccirque.com). She currently lives in Paonia, CO where she has formed a performance organization called Homestead Circus Productions with her partner Dominic Del Signore. You can read more about Rikki here: http://www.rikkimorehouse.com/

John Beck

John Beck

Fire Performer, Fireside Soirée

John, circus performer, fire performer and yoga teacher, comes to us from San Diego, CA. He started with poi and slowly fell in love with all flow props. He also enjoys moving the body either with aerial straps, cyr wheel, acroyoga, or partner acrobatics! John will be performing nightly at various locations as well as in the Fireside Soirée at “The Bob” December 7.

Chris Turner

Chris Turner

Pinwheel Snowflake

Chris Turner & Michael Wright are the creators of the interactive wood sculpture that will be seen for several days atop chair 7 and then burn to the ground Saturday night during the Fire Ball. Tickets to witness this special evening are free with a Fire Ball ticket or can be purchased separately for just the Fire Sculpture Garden.

Chris, a carpenter, local artist, and musician in Phoenix, AZ, spends his time with his three kids. He has attended Burning Man and Regional’s in AZ since 2016. He was on the build team for the Bonerpillar, a 2016 Burning Man art car.

Michael Wright

Michael Wright

Pinwheel Snowflake

Michael Wright & Chris Turner are the creators of the interactive wood sculpture that can be seen for several days atop chair 7. It will burn to the ground Saturday night during the Fire Ball. Tickets for this special evening are free with a Fire Ball ticket or can be purchased separately for just the Fire Sculpture Garden.

After two failed attempts at being a cult leader, Michael ‘Oaks’ Wright turned his attention to burning art. At Burning Man Oaks is known as Elder Wrong - the lead volunteer for the longest running and largest art project at Burning Man called "The Pottie Project". This art project reminds all that Leave No Trace applies to Burning Man’s 1,700 porta potties.

DJ Phoenix

DJ Phoenix

Actor/DJ

He’s back!! This DJ is no stranger to the Fire Ball. He’s been bringing us the beats from back when we were doing it in a cave! Every Fire Festival, every year, every time…….. awesome. Flying solo this year, DJ Phoenix spreads wing from LoveTribe to bring you a more concentrated psychedelic feel. While currently based in Denver, DJ Phoenix has been throwing it down since 1999. From Black Rock City to Puerto Vallarta, and Denver to the Bay, you can count on a 20-year track record of lifting the party up and letting your freak flag fly. “This is OUR house, and in OUR house, you get to be who ever you want. So, as long as you got love.” Check out our lovable DJ on Facebook.

Shane Shane

Shane Shane

Sounds of Apollo

Albuquerque artist Shane Shane created the 2017 biodiversity sphere out of a 500-gallon propane tank from the 1950s. Each detail was more intricate than the next.

The 2018 sculpture encompasses a steel guitar, five octave vibraphone, five thumb organs, playable whale, lyre, and more. People will be able to play the sculpture while fire is on.

Photo above by Jim Thompson
jthompson@abqjournal.com

Jamie Vaida

Jamie Vaida

The Skeleton Dance

Jamie Vaida has spent years perfecting his craft of creating beautiful, often functional, pieces of art from recycled metals. He is a veteran creator of Mutant Vehicles for Burning Man. Jamie is creating yet another interactive, fiery masterpiece for this year’s Fire Festival.

Ana Cruz

Ana Cruz

Fire Performer

Ana Cruz is a passionate and dedicated circus performer based out of Boulder, Colorado. She excels with props such as, fire hula hoops, fire fans, fire palm torches, and fire eating. She uses hula hooping as a form of self-expression, exercise, and stress relief.

Kristin Wesley

Kristin Wesley

Country and Chaos Collaborations: Fire Flowers & Easty Beasty

Kristin Wesley is an urban artist from Phoenix, Arizona. A mother of 5, Kristin is also known by her alias “YoMama” of Casa de Chaos. Kristin is passionate about the power of art to bring people together. Focusing on art with intention, Kristin creates large scale, community-based projects, urban art and whimsical illustrations. Kristin loves learning, exploring and living with a sense of wonder.

Country and Chaos Collaborations is the joint effort of Arizona Burners Nick Rice and Kristin Wesley, with consultant Lance Greathouse.

Nick Rice

Nick Rice

Country and Chaos Collaborations: Fire Flowers & Easty Beasty

Nick Rice lives in the backcountry of Arizona with his two home-schooled children. He is a homesteader who lives off grid in his dream house which he built with help from family and friends. He enjoys family, animals, traveling, old vehicles and art.

Country and Chaos Collaborations is the joint effort of Arizona Burners Nick Rice and Kristin Wesley, with consultant Lance Greathouse.

Lance Greathouse

Lance Greathouse

Country and Chaos Collaborations: Fire Flowers

Lance Greathouse, of Wheelchair Labs is an artist/inventor/mad scientist who is passionate about helping others and is partnering with Nick and Kristin on high-pressure propane projects.

Country and Chaos Collaborations is the joint effort of Arizona Burners Nick Rice and Kristin Wesley, with consultant Lance Greathouse.

Leah Twery

Leah Twery

Fire Performer

Leah has been spinning fire for eight years. She is a regular dancer in the Durango Snow Down parade and performs with The Bohemian Burlesque Society. While her specialty is Fire Poi, she also spins Levitation Wand, Rope Dart, Meteor Dart, and The Fire Wisp. Her aggressive yet graceful style makes her a treat to watch. In her spare time, she enjoys painting and cheesy horror movies.