Brief Encounters 21 takes us back to our beginnings, as we return to Gastown–into Guilt & Co.

May 8–10, 2014
doors 7pm / show 7:30pm
Guilt & Co. / 1 Alexander St, Vancouver BC

Artist Pairs:
Laiwan (Visual Artist) +
Georgina Beaty (Theatre Artist)

David Newberry (Singer/Songwriter) +
Nyla Carpentier (Powwow Dancer)

Madhushani Ramaraju (Spoken Word Artist) +
Ralph Escamillan (Contemporary Dance Artist)

Taylor Partel (Beverage Alchemist) +
Marguerite Witvoet (Composer)

Floyd VB (Slam Poet) +
Shizuka Kai (Puppeteer)

Guest Programmer: David Bloom
Host: Riel Hahn

Also ft. the premier of two INTERSECTIONS 2014 films

david_webGuest Programmer: Playwright, director and actor David Bloom founded Felix Culpa (w/ Linda Quibell). In 2013 he created for Brief Encounters 19, co-directed Palace of The End for Felix Culpa, Touchstone and Horseshoes & Hand Grenades (Jessie award), mentored young performers for the Queer Arts Festival’s Fruit Flambé and adapted the text/performed in Boulez contra Cage in 2012. David’s plays have been produced by Green Thumb, Studio 58, Felix Culpa, Carousel, Axis Theatre, Canadian Phoenix and the University of British Columbia. Television appearances include Fringe, Romeo Killer, Once Upon A Time, Arctic Air, Supernatural, Da Vinci’s Inquest, Cold Squad, Psyche, Stargate SG-1, Stargate: Atlantis and The X-files. David Bloom is a graduate of Studio 58 where he is currently on the faculty. He co-teaches interdisciplinary collaborative creation at the new Bachelor of Performing Arts program based at Capilano University.

Laiwan bio smLaiwan is an artist and writer recognized for her interdisciplinary practice based in poetics and philosophy. Born in Zimbabwe of Chinese parents, she immigrated to Canada in 1977 to leave the war in Rhodesia. She founded the OR Gallery (1983), initiated the First Vancouver Lesbian Film Festival (1988) and was recipient of the 2008 Vancouver Queer Media Artist award. Laiwan continues to exhibit in various group and solo shows, curates projects in the US, Canada and Zimbabwe, and is an activist in gay and feminist community organizing. Published in journals and in collections such as Swallowing Clouds: An Anthology of Chinese-Canadian Poetry; Facing History: Portraits from Vancouver and DAMP: Contemporary Vancouver Media Art. Laiwan also writes about art. Commissioned by the Vancouver Heritage Foundation, her large public art project FOUNTAIN: the source or origin of anything located at The Wall of the CBC Plaza in downtown Vancouver was just launched in March 2014.

Newberry_thumbnailDavid Newberry is a songwriter and performer whose music provides insight into the remarkably complex world we live in. Never sacrificing hopefulness for truth (or beauty for despair) he coaxes the listener into a conversation about life, art and the magic of survival in challenging times. He has earned a reputation for captivating live performances focussed on creative storytelling, arming himself with a sharp eye for detail and an ear for pushing the boundaries of what roots music sounds like. His brand new EP Desire Lines (Northern Electric Records) is his third album.

Madhushani_thumbnailMadhushani Ramaraju is a recent graduate from Studio 58’s acting program. Her proudest Look, Ma! moment was having her original play Perfect produced as part of Studio 58’s 4Play: New Work by Excited Writers. She has been writing poetry since her days as an awkward child with a mushroom cut, although she is happy to report she no longer rhymes cat with bat. Having spent 14 years in Sri Lanka, and a good deal of time shuttling back and forth since, she inevitably finds herself drawing inspiration from her beloved homeland. She is also a bellydancer, and will teach you how to do a Figure Eight if you ask her nicely.

Taylor_thumbnailTaylor Partel is a nice guy from Kelowna, falling into an entrepreneurial endeavour to save the world one tasty beverage at a time. Taylor’d Cordials focus on quality and sustainability as the smart chioce for sweetening your drink. When he is not working as a small scale producer, like the late, great original Lauchlan Rose, who created Rose’s Cordial in 1867, Taylor makes most of his coin provisioning bars and restaurants and gun slinging behind bars. A man of many hobbies and much co-oridnation, Taylor is overall pretty crazy but enjoys excitement, fireworks and whatever makes for a good show.

Floyd_webFloyd VB is a queer spoken word artist who enjoys long walks through their own imagination and the streets of their hometown of Vancouver BC. Their strolling has taken them far and wide, including into the company of the 2013 Vancouver Poetry Slam team and the 2012 and 2013 Vancouver Youth Slam teams. At National Poetry Slam in Boston, Floyd won the annual Nerd Slam. They also participated in the Victoria Spoken Word Festival this year. Floyd excitedly swan-dives into absurdity with flailing limbs as they tell you about the complexities of gender identity, love, and their eclectic, deepest, darkest obsessions. They leave you feeling like a sketchbook dripping ink. They will doodle obscenities on your inner eye. Floyd will rock your socks!

Nyla_thumbnailNyla Carpentier is of Tahltan, Kaska, French and Scottish decent. Hailing from Ottawa, she originally moved to Vancouver to pursue her career in the Arts. Since the age of three she has been involved in the arts through dance as a Native powwow dancer. When she’s not dancing you can find her teaching her Powwow Bootcamp classes, writing and acting. In 2010 Nyla formed her company Screaming Turtle Performance as a vehicle to share contemporary-traditional stories and dances. Drawing on her experience as someone of mixed heritage, her goal is to blend the past, present and create new works for the future.

Shizuka_thumbnailShizuka Kai is a local puppeteer and set designer, who has learned her art in Japan, LA, and Vancouver. Recent credits: performer & puppeteer Azano (Boca Del Lupo MPS), set design Measure For Measure (Honest Fishmongers), set design & puppeteer Medea (Yayoi Theatre Movement), Romeo & Juliet and Proof (Mnemonic Theatre), Spring Awakening (Studio 58), Play With Monsters (Solo Collective), King Lear (Honest Fishmongers), Smile the Musical (Awkward Stage), See You Later, Litigator (GSGD), and her solo show You Are My Breath (Studio 58). She is a board member of Rumble Theatre, a graduate of Studio 58, and the recipient of the 2011 Earl Klein Memorial Scholarship.

Ralph_thumbnailAt the age of 14, Ralph Escamillan began his training in Vancouver B.C. at Harbour Dance Centre. He was exposed to various dance disciplines such as house, waacking, popping and ballet. Today he continues his training with contemporary dance training program Modus Operandi and in his last year is excited to start his transition to professional dancer. Within Canada, Ralph has worked and performed with companies such as Gadfly Collective (Toronto), Inlayers (Calgary), and is now working with Vancouver-based companies Kinesis Dance Somatheatro, OutInnerspace Theatre, 605 Collective and most recently apprenticing with Kidd Pivot.

MarWit_thumbnailWith a rich musical palette and an adventurous spirit, Marguerite Witvoet lays claim to a diverse range of musical territories. As a pianist, vocalist, composer, sound designer, music director/conductor and vocal coach, Marguerite is actively involved in the creation of new opera and musical theatre, performs and conducts regularly, and composes music for theatre and film. As well as teaching voice and piano in her private studio, she currently teaches Interdisciplinary Creation & Collaboration in the new Bachelor of Performing Arts program at Capilano University, and is faculty vocal coach for the International Advanced Voice Workshops at the Banff Centre.

Georgina_thumbnailGeorgina Beaty is an actor, writer, director and co-artistic producer of Architect Theatre (Highway 63: The Fort Mac Show, This Must Be the Place). Select acting: My Turquoise Years (Arts Club), Unity (1918) (Alberta Theatre Projects), The Notorious Right Robert and his Robber Bride, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Caravan Farm), The Shape of a Girl (Green Thumb Theatre), Le Portrait Gooble (Theatre la Seizieme). Upcoming: Directing How Should You Be? at rEvolver Festival and writing The Golden Spike (Architect Theatre) about pipelines in Northern BC. Georgina is a graduate of the University of Alberta and Studio 58.

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