Now in its 13th year, the 2016 PuSh Festival runs in Vancouver from Wednesday January 20 to Sunday, February 7.
Featuring groundbreaking work in contemporary and live performing arts; PuSH features everything from boundary pushing theatre to music, dance and multimedia performances by artists from around the world.
Highlights of this year’s festival include Leftover and Monumental, and Vancity Buzz is giving away a pair of tickets to the January 26 performance of Leftovers and the January 28 performance of monumental to one lucky winner.
Born in 1980, between the elections of Thatcher and Reagan, comedian Charlie Demers emerged from that reactionary era a proud socialist. Not much has improved since the 80s. In this comic show, created with Marcus Youssef of Neworld Theatre, Demers is asking why. Leftover is stand-up as storytelling, a complex and moving story about Demers and personal loss, about ideology, about the dreams of millions and why they’ve gone unfulfilled. Sound serious? You bet it is. It’s also hilarious.
For one night only, Vancouver’s The Holy Body Tattoo dance company unites with post-rock giants Godspeed You! Black Emperor live on stage in a performance that will leave you reeling. How do you express the madness of urban life—the repetition, the confinement, the alienation? Here, the artists do it by turning movement into metaphor, dance into poetry and sound into substance. Godspeed You! Black Emperor is one of Canada’s great musical acts, and this is a rare opportunity to see them live, at the peak of their powers. Whether you’re a fan of the band, a lover of contemporary dance, or just someone open to the most radical possibilities of human creativity, this is one show you won’t want to miss.
2016 PuSh International Performing Arts Festival
When: January 19 to February 7
Where: Various locations, see website for more details
Vancity Buzz is a proud media sponsor of 2016 PuSh International Performing Arts Festival.