The Tomorrow Collective
formed in 2005 and is based in Vancouver, Canada. The collective was formed by dance artists Mara Branscombe, Katy Harris McLeod and Jennifer McLeish Lewis. The collective is now run by Mara and Katy. Together they continue the work of the collective which is to produce, promote, create and perform new dance and multidisciplinary work. The Tomorrow Collective is responsible for the creation and production of the popular interdisciplinary performance series Brief Encounters.
Brief Encounters is about the mixing of mediums and the crossing of artistic cultures. The collective created this event out of an interest in cross pollination between art forms, audience education and the excitement of creation under the gun. The result is the creation and performance of cutting edge collaborative work between artists who had likely not previously met, let alone worked together. The pieces that emerge from the Brief Encounters pairings fuse, cross over, interrupt and co create new perspectives on artistic forms and the relationships between them. To date, The Tomorrow Collective has produced 156 different artists in Vancouver over the 14 installments of Brief Encounters, as well as 10 artists in Nanaimo.