Volume 20: International Collaborations

Posted on Aug 19, 2013

BE 20 Image (Bat and Insect Masks)

Ten fearless artists, five inspired pairings, and two weeks to create: Brief Encounters returns for its 20th edition with three nights of interdisciplinary mash-ups.

In celebration of its milestone edition, Brief Encounters goes global via a unique partnership with a similarly minded, genre-pushing organization; more than half of the artists are out-of-towners who will be in Vancouver to participate in the Fringe Festival.

“This time around, Brief Encounters is having a brief encounter, too,” said Kristina Lemieux, the artistic producer of the Tomorrow Collective Arts Society, which founded and produces the event. “Over the previous nineteen editions, we’ve experimented with scope, scale, and presentation, and we’re exploring ways to take the collaborative process—which is the heart of Brief Encounters—to the next level. We couldn’t have asked for a better partner for Brief Encounters 20 than the Fringe Festival.”

Since its inception eight years ago, the Brief Encounters series has presented more than 244 artists in 124 pieces. In Brief Encounters, artists from a range of mediums receive only two weeks to work with their assigned partner and hammer out their creative offering.

Brief Encounters 20 features Liz Solo (New Media Artist) from St. John’s, Newfoundland; Steve Larkin (Stand Up Poet) from Oxford, United Kingdom; Deanna Fleysher (Theater Artist) from Los Angeles, California; John Grady (Actor) from New York, New York; Nathaniel Justiniano (Bouffon) from San Francisco, California; Zeb L. West (Puppeteer) from Austin, Texas; Amrit Bains (Singer Songwriter) from Surrey, British Columbia; and Vancouver artists Brendan Tang (Visual Artist), Karen Jamieson (Contemporary Dancer & Choreographer), and RedSara (Bike Activist).

This dynamic line-up was programmed by Flick Harrison with support from David Jordan (Executive Director of the Fringe). The evenings will be hosted by comedian —and previous Brief Encounters collaborator—Riel Hahn.