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 14 - February 2, 2014
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Festival Events:

Main stage programming 2014:
  • Gob Squad Arts Collective (Berlin, Germany/Nottingham, UK)
    Super Night Shot
    10th Anniversary Gala Performance presented by Eventbrite
    Jan 14 (8pm), at Vancouver Playhouse
    Tickets: $35 | pushfestival.ca | 604.605.8284 ext 200
    • Vancouver is the film set, the unsuspecting public as co-stars, in this impromptu movie/performance full of surprises. Comical, moving and utterly unpredictable.
  • Rabih Mroué (Beirut, Lebanon)
    The Pixelated Revolution
    Presented with SFU Woodward’s & grunt gallery
    Jan 15-18 (8pm), at SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, Studio T
    Tickets: $27-35 | ticketstonight.ca | 604.684.2787
    • A searing performance-lecture that examines the use of camera phones and social media in disseminating first-hand experiences of the Syrian revolution.
  • Gob Squad Arts Collective (Berlin, Germany/Nottingham, UK)
    Gob Squad’s Kitchen
    Presented with SFU Woodward’s | Presented by Fluevog Shoes
    Jan 16-18 (8pm), at SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, Fei & Milton Wong Experimental Theatre
    Tickets: $27-35 | ticketstonight.ca | 604.684.2787
    • This playful piece deploys an arsenal of live video and performance practices to celebrate the culture-bending heyday of Andy Warhol’s Factory circa New York City, 1965.
  • Why Not Theatre (Toronto, Canada)
    A Brimful of Asha
    Presented with Arts Club Theatre Company
    Jan 16-Feb 8 (7:30pm, Mon-Tues; 8pm, Wed-Sat; 2pm, Sat; no show Sun) | Revue Stage, Arts Club Theatre Company
    Tickets: From $25 | artsclub.com | 604.687.1644
    • In this heartwarming, hilarious true story a mother’s love and a son’s devotion are put to the test when Asha tries to arrange Ravi’s marriage.
  • Stop the Violence (Copenhagen, Denmark)/Zee Zee Theatre (Vancouver, Canada)
    Human Library
    Presented with Zee Zee Theatre | Supported by Vancouver Public Library
    Jan 17-19, 24-26, 31, Feb 1-2 (12-5pm, 20 min) | Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch
    Tickets: Free | First come first served
    • Engage in an informal, eye-opening conversation with a ‘human book’ with titles like “Drag Queen” and “Born Again Christian.” Borrow a book, discover a person.
  • Ant Hampton & Tim Etchells (London & Sheffield, England)
    The Quiet Volume
    Presented with Contemporary Art Gallery | Supported by Vancouver Public Library
    Jan 17-19, 24-26, 31, Feb 1-2 (12-5pm, 60 min) | Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch
    Tickets: $20 | pushfestival.ca | 604.605.8284 ext 200
    • Follow recorded instructions through selected books and rediscover the magic of reading in this surprising, contemplative performance, designed for two at a time.
  • Coup de Coeur Francophone/PPS Danse (Montreal, Canada)
    Danse Lhasa Danse
    Presented with The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
    Jan 18 (8pm) | The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
    Tickets: From $36 | ticketmaster.ca | 1.855.985.2787
    • Artistic visionary Pierre-Paul Savoie brings together dancers, singers and musicians to create a powerful tribute to the legendary, cherished singer-songwriter Lhasa de Sela.
  • Phil Soltanoff (New York, USA)
    L.A. Party/An Evening with William Shatner Asterisk
    Presented with SFU Woodward’s
    Jan 21-25 (8pm) | SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, Studio T
    Tickets: $27-35 | ticketstonight.ca | 604.684.2787
    • Two one-man shows—with no man. L.A. Party is story telling at its most playful, with low-tech, high-concept effects. In An Evening… William Shatner “speaks” about science and art via meticulously stitched video clips from Star Trek.
  • Théâtre PÀP (Montreal, Canada)
    The Dragonfly of Chicoutimi
    Presented with SFU Woodward’s & Théâtre la Seizième
    Jan 22-25 (8pm) | SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, Fei & Milton Wong Experimental Theatre
    Tickets: $27-35 | ticketstonight.ca | 604.684.2787
    • In this acclaimed production of a French-Canadian classic, five actors embody the play’s anti-hero, weaving a fantastical, disturbing linguistic tour de force that challenges our perception of truth.
  • Porte Parole (Montreal, Canada)
    Presented with Theatre at UBC
    Jan 22-25 (7:30pm), Jan 25-26 (2pm) | Frederic Wood Theatre
    Tickets: $27-35 | theatre.ubc.ca | 604.822.2678
    • In this docu-theatre work, a Saskatchewan farmer fights back against agricultural behemoth Monsanto and a four-year landmark court case ensues. Starring iconic Canadian actor Eric Peterson.
  • Human Cargo (Toronto, Canada)
    Presented with Touchstone Theatre | Supported by Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre
    Jan 24-25 (8pm), Jan 26 (7pm), Jan 25-26 (2pm) | The Roundhouse
    Tickets: $27-35 | ticketstonight.ca | 604.684.2787
    • The lives of a big-city anthropologist and an Inuk teenager intersect powerfully during 24-hour darkness in Nunavut. A poetic, dramatic exploration of Inuit and colonial culture.
  • Music on Main (Vancouver, Canada)
    Mixtape: Gabriel Kahane & Timo Andres
    Presented with Music on Main
    Jan 27-28 (8pm) | Heritage Hall
    Tickets: $15-35 | ticketstonight.ca | 604.879.9888
    • An intimate concert by two rising musical stars: a live playlist of classical giants alongside folk songs and contemporary piano works by Kahane and Andres.
  • Grouped’ArtGravelArtGroup (Montreal, Canada)
    Usually Beauty Fails
    Presented with 149 Arts Society & DanceHouse
    Jan 28-30 (8pm) | SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, Fei & Milton Wong Experimental Theatre
    Tickets: $38-44 | dancehouse.ca | 604.801.6225
    • Musicians plugged into the power grid, dancers ready to explode, the energy of pop music to intensify the beat, and a burning desire to set things ablaze.
  • Orange Noyée (Montreal, Canada)
    Presented with The Cultch
    Jan 28-Feb 8 (8pm, except Feb 2; 2pm, Feb 1, 2, 8; no show Feb 3) | The Cultch
    Tickets: From $18 | thecultch.com | 604.251.1363
    • Mani Soleymanlou traces his life from Iran to Montreal, via Paris and Toronto, in a quest for identity and belonging, for understanding of his place in this world.
  • Brokentalkers (Dublin, Ireland)
    Have I No Mouth
    Jan 30-Feb 1 (8pm), Feb 1 (4pm) | Waterfront Theatre
    Tickets: $27-35 | ticketstonight.ca | 604.684.2787
    • A heartbreaking story about the aftermath of familial loss that weighs on mother and son, who appear on stage together, along with their real-life psychotherapist.
  • 605 Collective (Vancouver, Canada)
    Inheritor Album
    Presented with The Dance Centre
    Jan 30-Feb 1 (8pm) | Scotiabank Dance Centre
    Tickets: $27-35 | ticketstonight.ca | 604.684.2787
    • Pushing the limits of physical possibility, this explosive, urban-infused dance piece explores the concept of inheritance, set against a backdrop of stunning animations.
  • Tanya Tagaq (Cambridge Bay, Canada)
    Nanook of the North
    Jan 31-Feb 1 (8pm) | York Theatre
    Tickets: $29 | thecultch.com | 604.251.1363
    • The famed Inuit throat singer creates a live, enthralling sound score for Nanook of the North, the notorious 1922 pseudo-documentary about indigenous people.
  • António Zambujo (Beja, Portugal)
    Presented with Capilano University
    Feb 2 (8pm) | BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts
    Tickets: $32-35 | capilanou.ca | 604.990.7810
    • Fado singer, guitarist and composer with a melting tenor voice ushers Portugal’s treasured art form from its 19th century beginnings into a new era.
Partnered presentations 2014:
  • Vancouver Art Gallery FUSE
    Presented with Vancouver Art Gallery
    Jan 24 (8pm-1am) | Vancouver Art Gallery Tickets: Free for PuSh Passholders & Vancouver Art Gallery members | $17.50 | vancouverartgallery.bc.ca
    • Vancouver’s favourite art party—a place to see some of the best in performance, theatre, dance and music, set in spaces around the gallery.
  • Dirty Laundry Creations (Vancouver, BC)
    A Presence of Monster
    Presented with Capilano University, Douglas College, Langara, Vancouver Community College
    Jan 30-Feb 1 (8pm), Feb 1 (4pm) | The Roundhouse
    Tickets: $15 | ticketstonight.ca | 604.684.2787
    • A collective creation gestated in the minds and bellies of 22 artists of diverse disciplines graduating from an innovative bachelor of performing arts program.
    Presented with Theatre Conspiracy
    Full schedule and details at pushfestival.ca/clubpush
    • Club PuSh, intimate and dynamic, is the social hub of the Festival. Located at Performance Works on Granville Island, Club PuSh features a startling lineup of Marquee Acts alive with experimental spirit, plus live music and delightful surprises at Late Nights at Club PuSh on Fridays.
    • Marquee Acts
      Tickets: $20-29 | ticketstonight.ca | 604.684.2787 Ivan Coyote and Rae Spoon on the failed gender binary; 60 youth singers with indie rocker Woodpigeon; experimental score set to Japanese cyberpunk cult film; an outrageous herstory lesson of Vancouver’s drag scene; an evening of cat-themed song and other awesomeness; rousing blues from Ethiopia with traditional instruments; live essays with YouTube videos from local movers and shakers; spellbinding, violent tale mixed with First Nations’ myth; memoirs of a teen runaway as cabaret-style montage-alogue; magical worlds conjured by animation and shadow play.
  • Late Nights at Club PuSh
    Tickets: $10 | pushfestival.ca | 604.605.8284 ext 200 | At the door
    • Gord Grdina’s Haram; DJ Jef Leppard with Isolde N. Barron & Peach Cobblah; and PaperTrails!


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Photo slideshow credits:
  • In order of appearance
    • “Brimful of Asha”, Why Not Theatre, by Erin Brubacher
    • Interior Album, 605 Collective, by David Cooper
    • “Sometimes I Think I Can See You” — at Vancouver Art Gallery lobby
    • Night, “Human Cargo”, by Chris Gallow
    • “Photog” from Boca del Lupo Theatre, by Karri North
    • “Testament”


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