History of Brave New Works Collective: Brave New Works is a collective dedicated to creating opportunities for emerging and established artists to showcase new and experimental work. Each Brave New Works show seeks to represent all cultural communities within the Yukon; showcase new and innovative works; and involve anonymous, written audience feedback, as per the original BNW format. Since its inception in 1999, Brave New Works has built a significant foundation for presenting new and experimental art by Yukon artists. Mellisa Murray and Zoe Verhees have been directing and producing BNW since 2014.
Mellisa Murray and Zoe Verhees first encountered Brave New Works as dance performers in 2006. Zoe was involved in 2007 performing a dance solo, and then in 2008 she performed a dance duet. Mellisa Murray performed with her dance crew Infinite Movement in 2011’s “Love Alive” series and in 2012 performed a duet with Lauren Tuck in the “Homeland: Fusion” series. They produced “RED” in March, 2014 which was attended by the highest amount of audience members in recent Brave New Works history. 2015 “Nostalgia” saw two shows at the Old Firehall with an eclectic mix of artists and was well attended.
Mellisa Murray and Zoe Verhees have worked together on many projects both in the Yukon as well in Toronto. Having experienced dance communities outside of the Yukon, both found their way back to the north where they plan to work with and for the local arts community creating new and innovative opportunities for local artists of all genres.