14 December

Wrapping Up 2015

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  Wait For Me Daddy REDUX: Wrap Up This past October we invited 9 artists to create with 3 individuals who have been affected by war and conflict. 3 teams collaborated on a short film and a performance which we’d like to share with you… REDUX Team 1 Joey Le, JJ Lee, Marilyn Norry + […]

1 December

We Continue To Connect The Dot$

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We Continue To Connect The Dot$

Be a part of making Brief Encounters grow. Help us continue to Connect The Dot$… across Vancouver’s cultural communities. Become a donor, sponsor, supporter… Fresh artistic voices are revealed… An interdisciplinary performance series, Brief Encounters is about collaborative research, creation and performance. To date, we’ve supported 308 artists in the production of 153 new collaborative […]

2 October

REDUX: Sat Oct 3

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Join Us for Wait For Me Daddy REDUX Saturday, October 3 2pm / 7pm Anvil Centre Theatre 777 Columbia St / New Westminster, BC FREE / RSVP required »   REDUX Artist Eden Fine Day “Life isn’t just pain, even after a war – there’s love and connection, too. It’s something I’m learning to incorporate […]

1 October

REDUX: Sounds

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Sounds from singer/songwriter Eden Fine Day‘s collaboration w/ Maryam, CS Fergusson + Jessica Han Q&A with Eden Wait For Me Daddy REDUX Saturday, October 3, 2015 2pm / 7pm Anvil Centre Theatre / 777 Columbia St, New Westminster BC FREE / RSVP required

27 September

REDUX Artist Eden Fine Day

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Can you introduce yourself and each of your Wait For Me Daddy REDUX collaborators in one sentence each? I’m Eden Fine Day. I’m a Saskatchewan-born, BC-raised singer/songwriter, with twenty years of experience playing punk, garage and pop rock.   Maryam is a Kurdish survivor of two wars from Iran, who lives and works here in […]

26 September

REDUX: Stories behind the photo

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Wait For Me Daddy REDUX artist teams Meet the 12 creators working collaboratively and across disciplines to make a short film and a performance using the photo Wait For Me, Daddy as source material. artist teams » Stories behind the photo “We were never together again as a family after that moment” There are a […]

14 September

Wait For Me Daddy REDUX

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We’re Branching Out For Our Next Show Taken 75 years ago, Wait For Me, Daddy was one of the most famous photos in the world and became symbolic of Canada’s efforts in WWII. In commemoration, the City of New Westminster, Anvil Centre and Brief Encounters present contemporary responses to the classic image. Wait For Me […]

24 June

Brief Encounters: A Report

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The first Brief Encounters was held in November of 2005. Since that time While we take a breath and move on the the next stage, we want to take a moment and look back. We are grateful for the support of all who have funded us: We couldn’t have done it without our partners over […]

9 June

Bouffon Intensive with Naked Empire Bouffon Company

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Questions? gm [at] tomorrowcollective [dot] com Register Now Facebook Event Register by June 26 $275/$225 for members General Price $300/$250 for members   Payment methods: cash, cheque (payable to The Tomorrow Collective) or credit card Member discount for CADA/West, GVPTA, Equity, UBCP/ACTRA members ABOUT: The Tomorrow Collective/Brief Encounters is pleased to present Nathaniel Justiniano’s award-winning, […]

5 October

Q&A W/ INTERSECTIONS ARTISTS ALLISON BEDA & MICHAEL PARK

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Briefly tell me about your work.  What’s your artistic passion? Career highlights? Allison Beda (AB): I absolutely LOVE making films….dark comedy in particular…and if features a woman who is making a lot of trouble, even better. I also adore collaborating with really talented artists and producers—I like being on a team!…so making films is perfect […]

2 October

Focus on Guilt & Co

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Our venue, Guilt & Co, for Brief Encounters Revue not only makes a great venue for our show, but also ensures you have a full and fun night by providing free live entertainment at 9:00 PM after our show. Don’t miss these great acts. October 16 #GroundUP feat. Dutch Robinson. Live R&B/Soul from Vancouver’s own […]

1 October

Q&A W/ PERFORMANCE ARTIST NITA BOWERMAN

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I think that is pretty cool, unearthing and developing latent curiosities. It is an adventure. Briefly tell me about your work. What’s your artistic passion? Career highlights? I am a performance-based artist. I practice many disciplines, most of which are concerned with the instrumentation of the body for the purposes of theatre-derived experiences. I am […]

22 September

Our Next Show & More

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Brief Encounters Revue Our next show Brief Encounters Revue looks back at some of the best pieces we’ve ever produced. We also return to our favourite live performance venue, Guilt & Co. Meet the Artists & Full Show Info » Donate Now Brief Encounters is almost 10 years old. Be the connection that supports the […]

22 September

Call for INTERSECTIONS film

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ARE YOU GRATEFUL? WE WANT TO HEAR ABOUT IT! AND PUT IT IN OUR FILM!!! We are making a film for INTERSECTIONS that will premiere at Brief Encounters Revue Oct 16 & 17, 2014 & online Please send us your films/images of things you are grateful for or that represent ‘gratitude’ for you. Also if […]

28 June

We Love Brief Encounters, Help Us #ConnectTheDots

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Brief Encounters gives artists the freedom to play with ideas, explore creativity and take risks in richly diverse collaborations. The result? Artists produce new works that challenge the borders of artistic disciplines. #ConnectTheDots with $5 It’s no secret that these are tough economic times for the arts and $5 can help your beloved interdisciplinary performance […]

16 June

After Brief Encounters Express

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A show for “you & the internet”, at Brief Encounters Express, 2 pairings of artists (all past BEers) came together to create impulsively under intense time constraints for the rEvolver Festival, at East Van’s the Cultch, May 22–24, 2014. A unique endeavour, these performances were witnessed live and via online stream and commenting. See the […]

24 May

Brief Encounters Express May 24, 2014 8:00 PM

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In this third and final round of Brief Encounters Express Thomas Anfield (Painter) + Karissa Barry (Contemporary Dance Artist) take the lessons and comments on the last two days (Thursday and Friday) and wrap it all up into this one final performance. This was created for live performance and online streaming. Read more about the […]

24 May

Brief Encounters Express May 24, 2014 6:30 PM

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In this third and final round of Brief Encounters Express Barbara Adler (Musician) + Nita Bowerman (Performance Artist) take the lessons and comments on the last two days (Thursday and Friday) and wrap it all up into this one final performance. This was created starting on Thursday at 2pm for live performance and online streaming. […]

23 May

Brief Encounters Express May 23, 2014 9:00 PM

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Thomas Anfield (Painter) + Karissa Barry (Contemporary Dance Artist) started working on this piece yesterday. This is their second performance – they have incorporated the comments and lessons from yesterday to inform their work today. This was created for live performance and online streaming. Read more about the concept. Please give your feedback and comments […]

23 May

Brief Encounters Express May 23, 2014 8:30 PM

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Barbara Adler (Musician) + Nita Bowerman (Performance Artist) started working on this piece yesterday. This is their second performance – they have incorporated the comments and lessons from yesterday to inform their work today. This was created for live performance and online streaming. Read more about the artists and concept. Please give your feedback and […]

22 May

Brief Encounters Express May 22, 2014 8:45 PM

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Starting at 2pm today Thomas Anfield (Painter) + Karissa Barry (Contemporary Dance Artist) created this piece for live performance and online streaming. Read more about the concept. Please give your feedback and comments below. Start watching at 4:14

22 May

Brief Encounters Express May 22, 2014 8:15 PM

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Starting at 2pm today Barbara Adler (Musician) + Nita Bowerman (Performance Artist) created this piece for live performance and online streaming. Read more about the concept. Please give your feedback and comments below. Start watching at 6:52.

2 May

Q & A W/ SINGER-SONGWRITER DAVID NEWBERRY

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Q & A W/ SINGER-SONGWRITER DAVID NEWBERRY

“I’m passionate about songwriting… because it is the way that I best know to communicate”… Over the 20 previous Volumes, singer-songwriters have contributed to some of the most memorable and emotional Brief Encounters creations — and so we’re really excited to see what singer-songwriter David Newberry, together with powwow dancer Nyla Carpentier, are working on […]

26 April

Q & A W/ SPOKEN WORD ARTIST MADHUSHANI RAMARAJU

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Human beings (flaws and all) are an ongoing source of inspiration for Madhushani Ramaraju. The Vancouver-based spoken word artist delves deep into the complicated characters of all kinds of human beings in powerful original performances that often draw upon her Sri Lankan heritage. And even though spoken word art is not usually a collaborative pursuit, […]

26 April

Q & A WITH PUPPETEER SHIZUKA KAI

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When Shizuka Kai was a little girl, she’d pretend that her stuffed animals could talk to her — and oh, the conversations they had! Today, the multi-talented actor, set designer, and graduate of Studio 58 has parlayed that youthful sense of play into puppetry. For Brief Encounters 21, the self-taught puppeteer — who builds her […]

25 April

Volume 21: Artist Pairs

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Let the creation process begin! The organizers of Brief Encounters 21 have just revealed the pairings for the next edition of the popular series, thus beginning two weeks of whirlwind artistic exploration and experimentation for the ten collaborators. As with the twenty previous Volumes, the ten artists, representing an array of genres including beverage alchemy, […]

21 April

New Connections w/ Brief Encounters

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New Connections w/ Brief Encounters

Fresh with a new look to accompany our established platform, for Brief Encounters 21 we head back to Gastown, into our newest venue, Guilt & Co. With this move comes some changes, including offering folks like you the opportunity to reach our audiences in our show programs: 8” x 5”, b&w, inside front cover = […]

18 April

Volume 21: press release

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Volume 21: press release

Brief Encounters 21 May 8-10, 2014, 7:30pm (doors open at 7pm) Guilt & Co. (1 Alexander Street, Gastown, Vancouver) Tickets: $20-$35 at briefencounters21.brownpapertickets.com Ten fearless artists, five inspired pairings, and two weeks to create: Brief Encounters returns for Volume 21 with three nights of thrilling interdisciplinary mash-ups.   For its 21st incarnation, Brief Encounters is heading home […]

15 April

Brief Encounters 21 & More

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Brief Encounters 21 & More

Happy Spring Everyone We’ve got some exciting plans for 2014 & we want to let you know what’s news & upcoming for Brief Encounters… Brief Encounters 21 Fresh with a new look & a stellar line-up of established & emerging artists, for Brief Encounters 21 we head back to Gastown, into our newest & most […]

31 March

Pecha Kucha @ Winterruption 2014

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Pecha Kucha @ Winterruption 2014

I’m Kristina Lemieux, Artistic Producer of the Tomorrow Collective Arts Society. Our primary project is Brief Encounters, an interdisciplinary and collaborative performance series where we pair together 2 artists from different practices to create a 5-15 minute performance over 2 weeks. I didn’t found this company or concept, but I fell in love with it […]

13 January

New Look for Brief Encounters

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New Look for Brief Encounters

Brief Encounters is a place where artists, skill, curiosity and community come together. An experimental yet recognized organization, we were missing an integral part…a brand. In November 2013 we connected with Lake Visual Communications, a local designer, to help us evolve the Brief Encounters identity. Over three months we researched and discussed what Brief Encounters […]

17 September

Q & A w/ Karen Jamieson

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Q & A w/ Karen Jamieson

Time and again over the course of her storied career, Vancouver-based dancer and choreographer Karen Jamieson has proven herself to be a force of nature (her choreography for 1983’s Sisyphus is considered one of the topten Canadian choreographic masterpieces of the twentieth century). But even an artist as experienced and celebrated as Karen Jamieson has […]

16 September

Q & A w/ Bike Activist RedSara

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Q & A w/ Bike Activist RedSara

We were thrilled when Vancouver-based bike activist RedSara agreed to come on board for Brief Encounters 20—and now that she’s told us what she and her collaborator (new media artist Liz Solo) are cooking up for the show, we’re doubly thrilled (hint: watch for bicycles, projections, and rocking out). Below, the busy multimedia performer, artist, […]

12 September

Q & A w/ Puppeteer Zeb L. West

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Q & A w/ Puppeteer Zeb L. West

Zeb L. West isn’t afraid of a little adventure. Last year, the Texas-based puppeteer showed up in Vancouver for the Fringe Festival without having booked any gigs, and ended up performing all over the place—with the festival’s blessing. He’s back this year (this time, as an “official” Fringe Festival participant with an indoor show entitled […]

21 August

Q & A w/ Flick Harrison

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Q & A w/ Flick Harrison

It was probably only a matter of time before Flick Harrison programmed an installment of Brief Encounters. The prolific actor, writer, and filmmaker (read his hilarious and thorough bio here) has filmed nearly every edition of Brief Encounters to date, and even participated as a collaborating artist way back when Brief Encounters was still a […]

19 August

Volume 20: International Collaborations

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Volume 20: International Collaborations

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 […]

11 July

Encountering Riel Hahn

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Encountering Riel Hahn

Riel Hahn was paired w/ Serge Bennathan in Brief Encounters 14 and w/ Corbin Murdoch for Brief Encounters at Neanderthal Arts Festival Q: Tell us about yourself. RIEL: I am a Vancouver based comedian who has been described as “delicious”, “hilarious”, “ferocious”, “filthy mouthed” and as “a blizzard in the House of Commons”. I grew […]