PuSh International Performing Arts Festival
Jan. 16-Feb. 4, various times | Various venues
Tickets and info: pushfestival.ca
The 14th annual edition of the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival was announced earlier this week. Once again, Vancouver is to host some of the finest artists from our own region as well, as 11 other countries around the world, for three weeks of unique shows meant to educate, entertain and transform audiences.
As ever, PuSh is expanding its boundaries to take in more collaborations with new partners and initiatives to give the event even more directions to move into. From pure fun to industry networking, it encompasses a huge variety that just keeps on growing with 28 unique works, 20 of which are mainstage productions.
Artistic and executive director Norman Armour took time to discuss five highlights of this year’s festival with its 28 unique works, Club PuSh events and other highlights. He was quick to stress that these are only a few of the picks and to go online for the full program listings.
• MDLSX, Jan. 18-21 | Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre: “This is one that I really think will be a hit, which is by MOTUS. They are a company that has been around for about 25 years and are stalwarts of the Italian avant-garde scene. Silvia Calderoni, the head of the company, is really making revolutionary work that subverts genre, gender and more.”
• Spotlight on Ireland | The Cultch: “We have a suite of Irish works including Reassembled, Slightly Askew (Jan. 17-Feb. 4) from Northern Irish playwright Shannon Yee about her experience surviving a brain injury and medically induced coma; I’m Not Here by THEATREclub (Jan. 24-28) from Doireann Coady, who is a serious rising star of Irish theatre; and Emmet Kirwan’s Dublin Oldschool (Jan. 30-Feb. 3), which is an exceptional family story.”
• BiRDMAN LIVE: Antonio Sanchez, Feb. 1 | Vogue Theatre: “Presented with BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts and Vancouver International Film Festival, this is the incredible live performance of the full score by drummer/percussionist Sanchez. It’s sold out everywhere.”
• King Arthur’s Knight, Jan. 31-Feb. 4 | Frederic Wood Theatre: “I’m very excited to see us back after a number of years at Freddie Wood Theatre, UBC, with New World Theatre’s King Arthur’s Knight, which is a marvellous, really ambitious show that premiered at Toronto’s Luminato Festival, which includes a live band, 20-person choir and cast presenting a really unique look at the Knights of the Round Table.”
• New partners and new venues: “We are back at Freddie Wood, and Club PuSh is expanding into the Anvil Centre in New Westminster. We are also working with VIFF and expanding the PuSh Film Series. Once again, we are partnering with Taiwan Fest to present The Eternal Tides by the Legend Lin Dance Theatre (Feb. 3 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre). As PuSh has moved forward, the local scene has too and to look at the leadership at places like the Surrey Arts Centre or Anvil Centre, as well as all the artist run centres in town, to see our dance scene become in demand all over the world, really brings a sense of confidence.”
PuSh Passes go on sale Nov. 22.