PuSh International Performing Arts Festival

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Country and Region CanadaBritish Columbia
Type of Festival Dance, Drama, Music
Location of Festival Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Festival Contact Information

PuSh International Performing Arts Festival
300-640 West Broadway Street
Vancouver, BC V5Z 1G4 Canada
Phone: (01) 604-605-8284
Fax: (01) 604-874-7874
Email: info@pushfestival.ca

Festival Description

The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival is Vancouver’s mid-winter festival presenting acclaimed local, national, and international artists and their work. Held over three weeks each January/February, PuSh looks to expand the horizons of audiences and artists with work that is visionary, genre-bending, startling and original. The PuSh Festival has become one of the city’s signature events—a multi-disciplined platform for theatre, dance, music, and various hybrid forms of performance. Visiting presenters from across Canada and around the world were in attendance for the Assembly networking event to view performances, dialogue and do business. This year’s Festival involves over 100 performances and 18 venues throughout the city. For more information, please visit our website.

Festival Dates January 15 - February 3, 2013
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Festival Events:

Main programming 2013:
  • zoe | juniper (Seattle, USA)
    A Crack in Everything
    Presented with Simon Fraser Community Presentation Society
    Jan 15–16, Fei & Milton Wong Experimental Theatre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts. 8PM.
    This surreal and visually arresting multi-media work explores the enduring questions of justice posed in the Greek tragedy The Oresteia. $27-35 at Tickets Tonight.
  • Atomic Vaudeville (Victoria, Canada)
    Ride the Cyclone
    Presented with the Arts Club Theatre Company
    Jan 17–Feb 16, Arts Club Granville Island Stage. 7:30PM (Mon&Tue;), 8PM (Wed-Sat), Matinee Wed & Sat 2PM, No show Sun.
    A high school chamber choir that perishes in a freak roller-coaster accident sings about their thwarted dreams in an outrageous and darkly hilarious final concert. From $29 at the Arts Club Theatre Company.
  • Stop the Violence (Copenhagen, Denmark)
    Human Library
    Presented with grunt gallery
    Jan 18–20, 25–27, Feb 1–3. Vancouver Public Library’s Central Library, Level three. 12–4PM.
    Choose from titles like “Drag Queen” and “Refugee” and be connected with a human book for an enjoyable and informal conversation designed to challenge prejudice. FREE. Supported by the Vancouver Public Library.
  • Jérôme Bel (Paris, France)
    Cédric Andrieux
    Presented with The Dance Centre
    Jan 18–20, Scotiabank Dance Centre. 8PM.
    A beautifully spare and poetic evening of dance and autobiographical storytelling created in collaboration with, and performed by, French dancer Cédric Andrieux. $27-35 at Tickets Tonight.
  • Mariano Pensotti (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
    Sometimes I think, I can see you
    Presented with Contemporary Art Gallery, PTC and Vancouver Art Gallery Jan 18–20, 25–27, Feb 1-3. Vancouver Public Library’s Central Library, Atrium + Vancouver Art Gallery, Lobby. 12–4PM.
    Vancouver writers stationed in public spaces are equipped with laptops connected to projection screens, creating beautiful and spontaneous fictions about the world around them that are displayed in real-time. FREE. Supported by the Vancouver Public Library.
  • Turning Point Ensemble (Vancouver, Canada)
    Cinema Musica
    Presented with Turning Point Ensemble and SFU Woodward’s
    Jan 20, Fei & Milton Wong Experimental Theatre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts. 2PM&8PM.
    A spirited conversation between live music and film, featuring the work of Stan Douglas, Arnold Schoenberg, François Houle, Judy Radul and more. $10-35 at Turning Point Ensemble.
  • Music on Main (Vancouver, Canada)
    Ana Sokolovic’s Svadba/Wedding
    Presented with Music on Main
    Jan 21–22, Heritage Hall. 8PM.
    A concert presentation of Belgrade-born, Montreal-based Ana Sokolovic’s stunning and intoxicating a capella opera for six female voices.
    $15-35 at Music on Main.
  • Boca del Lupo (Vancouver, Canada)
    Photog: An imaginary look at the uncompromising life of Thomas Smith Presented with SFU Woodward’s
    Jan 22–26, Studio T, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts. 8PM, Matinee Jan 26 4PM.
    The lives and struggles of war photographers are chronicled through the use of video, physical theatre and verbatim text from interviews with real world professionals. $27-35 at Tickets Tonight.
  • Ballet BC (Vancouver, Canada)
    Presented with Ballet BC
    Jan 24–26, Queen Elizabeth Theatre. 8PM.
    A revival of three eminent works from the Ballet BC repertoire by choreographers William Forsythe, Jorma Elo and Medhi Walerski.
    $22.25–70 at Ticketmaster.
  • She She Pop and Their Fathers (Berlin, Germany)
    Presented with SFU Woodward’s
    Jan 24–26, Fei & Milton Wong Experimental Theatre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts. 8PM, Matinee Jan 26 4PM.
    Shakespeare’s King Lear inspires a contemporary reflection on the modern realities of aging and parenthood with actors sharing the stage with their real-life fathers. In German with English surtitles. $27-35 at Tickets Tonight.
  • For the full program visit http://www.pushfestival.ca


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Practical Info:

Photo slideshow credits:
  • In order of appearance
    • Peter Panties, created by Niall McNeil (a local actor with Down Syndrome) and Marcus Youssef, produced by Neworld Theatre and Leaky Heaven Theatre. It’s a strange re-imagining of Peter Pan. In the foreground, Smee and Hook; and a kidnapped Wendy. Photo by Tim Matheson
    • La Marea show in Gastown, El Pasado es un animal grotesco, performed by Mariano Pensotti (Argentina). No photo credit.
    • City of Dreams, Peter Reder (UK) performance in collaboration with Vancouver performers. The image is the acat of creating the city of Vancouver on the floor of the theatre, piece by piece with found objects. Photo: Tim Matheson.
    • Club PuSh
    • Questions from the 100
    • Photo Booth


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