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.
October 16 & 17, 2014
doors 6:30pm / show 7pm
Guilt & Co. / 1 Alexander St, Vancouver BC
Also featuring our newest INTERSECTIONS films.
Riel Hahn is a Vancouver-based comedian described as “delicious”, “hilarious”, “ferocious”, “filthy mouthed” and “a blizzard in the House of Commons”. She grew up traveling with the Caravan Stage Company, town to town by horse and wagon, and later worked extensively with the Caravan Farm Theatre. Familialy she comes from a long line of compassionate, opinionated, active and funny lefties. These experiences provided her with a rich cache of stories, and some discomfort with stasis and classism. She is constantly searching for the new, inclusive and stimulating both personally and professionally. Ultimately she believes that funny trumps everything.
Corbin Murdoch is a songwriter, performance-maker, and cultural programmer from Vancouver, BC. He writes and records with his flagship project The Nautical Miles. Hailed as “a new kind of folk music” by Alex Varty of The Georgia Straight, the Vancouver band continues to push the boundaries of contemporary Canadian roots music. ‘Ode to Joy’, The Nautical Miles’ third full-length, was written in Bogota, Colombia, Timbuktu, Mali, and Bruno, Saskatchewan during a six-month journey Corbin took in 2012.
Steven Hill is a director and performer. He was Artistic Director of Leaky Heaven Circus and directed each of the productions since the formation of the company in 1999. With a team of long-term collaborators he has concocted both new works and adaptations of classics. Currently he is in the process of launching Fight With A Stick, a new performance company with co-artistic director Alex Ferguson. The company debuts its first work ‘Steppenwolf’ at the PuSh Festival this coming February. He is also a member of the faculty at Simon Fraser University’s School for Contemporary Arts.
A professional Burlesque artist since 2006, Burgundy Brixx is also the producer of the wildly successful weekly show Kitty Nights Burlesque in Vancouver. Prior to her work in the burlesque arts, Burgundy (as Kyrst Hogan) appeared as an ensemble member in ‘The Radio City Christmas Spectacular’ (starring The Rockettes), as a Principal Singer for Norwegian Cruise Lines, and as a performer for Trump Casinos, among other theatrical work.
Dianna David is an award winning multi-disciplinary artist specializing in movement storytelling fused with shadow play, characterization, hip hop dance and contact juggling. A recipient of a number of Inter-Arts Canada Council grants has elevated Dianna‘s work to international standards, touring 3 solo shows and inspiring thousands of people through her Tedxtalk . Dianna is super excited to be working with Jacob for the 3rd time in Brief Encounters after performing their ‘Letter to Michael’ in Volume 9 and Volume 13: The Remix.
The Co-Founder and Co-Artistic director of Victoria’s Atomic Vaudeville, Jacob Richmond is an award-winning playwright whose works have been performed at theatres throughout North America. These works include ‘The Qualities of Zero’ (Montreal Critic Award, Best text; Dora Nomination, Best Text) , ‘Small Returns’, ‘Legoland’ (New York Frigid Award, Best Production; Georgia Straight Award, Best Production; Summerworks Contra Guys Award, Best Text) and ‘Ride the Cyclone’ (Dora Award, Best Touring Production; Toronto Theatre Critics Award, Best New Musical; Saskatchewan Theatre Award, Best Production). ‘Ride the Cyclone’ has just finished its Western Canada tour and is in development for an American Production at Chicago’s Shakespeare Theatre.
In over a decade of touring, Barbara Adler has told stories, performed poetry and played her accordion all over North America and Europe. She is a veteran of Vancouver’s spoken word community and is a founding member of folk-poetry ensemble The Fugitives. Since leaving that band, Barbara has continued to explore the intersections between music, poetic texts and conversational language with various projects, including ‘Fang’ and ‘Proud Animal’. Currently her music is performed under the banner of Ten Thousand Wolves, an intimately collaborating ensemble whose performers number from one to fourteen. She is currently working toward an MFA in Interdisciplinary Studies at Simon Fraser University.
Nita Bowerman is an interdisciplinary performance-based artist who explores unconventional relationships and materials through art making. She designs and performs self-created solo works and cross-discipline collaborations. Highlights include ‘wreckage’, a play under a dock in which she built a raft and collaborated with a scuba diver and ‘did you see others like me?’, a short self-illuminated performance installation in a pitch black stairwell for one audience member at a time. Nita also constructs conceptual wearable artworks such as ‘couped’, a body encasing constructed of egg cartons and chicken wire. Nita is thrilled to be collaborating for a second time with Barbara Adler. Nita is a graduate of SFU School for the Contemporary Arts.
Cristina Bucci is a dancer, choreographer, teacher and nutritionist whose career has taken her around the globe. She is currently dancing with emerging street dance collective OURO and is on the board of a new multi-purpose space Bridge and Enrich. She teaches all ages and levels of dance throughout the lower mainland and is currently training in contemporary dance with The Training Society of Vancouver. Thanks for having us back for this remote!
Kevan Anthony Cameron, a.k.a. Scruffmouth, is a Canadian-Jamaican spoken word artist, performer, poet and scribe with the ability to disseminate ancient indigenous knowledge in contemporary forms of creative expression. He is creative director of Black Dot Roots and Culture Collective (Hogan’s Alley Poetry Festival & Pan African Slam), a full member of the Association for Canadian Television and Radio Actors (ACTRA), a seasoned facilitator of spoken word poetry and writing workshops (WordPlay, BeDRoCC Poetry) as well as an international Blackademic. The natural afro dreadlocks that he rocks remind him to walk his talk. His current project, Spoken Notebook is an audiovisual spoken dub enhanced cd with graphic poetry liner notes. He is the co-editor of The Great Black North: Contemporary African Canadian Poetry. He lives in Burnaby, BC and grew up in Sherwood Park, AB. Kev likes the colour Maroon.
David Newberry‘s a songwriter/performer with a reputation for captivating live performances ripe with creative storytelling. He comes armed with a sharp eye for detail and an ear for pushing the boundaries of what roots music “sounds like”.
Tariq is a Vancouver based singer and songwriter, lover of words and wordplay. In 2013 he released the Moonwalker EP, a collection of five songs told through the the eyes of multiple characters–a remorseful lover from Cold Lake Alberta, a musician’s ghost, an astronaut reluctant to return home to earth. Tariq is a member of the Vancouver based band Brasstronaut and he is currently writing a memoir about growing up as a first generation Canadian kid who is drawn to pop music.
Tonye Aganaba is a singer, songwriter, MC and self-professed citizen of the universe – undefined by geographical, cultural or stylistic boundaries. It’s a distinction that suits her well, for a woman who has lived and performed around the globe. Her pure, lush voice dances across addictive R&B melodies, flowing with an undeniable groove. She is truly a unique blend of sounds, experiences and artistry, brought to life through engaging and dynamic performances.