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The 2014 PuSh International Performing Arts Festival


PuSh International Performing Arts Festival
January 14 - February 2, 2014

Over three weeks each January, the PuSh Festival presents groundbreaking local, national and international work in the live performing arts-theatre, dance, music, and multimedia performance.


Super Night Shot (Festival Gala Performance)
January 14

Vancouver becomes the film set of this impromptu performance/movie full of surprises, with the unsuspecting public as co-stars.
Tickets available via PuShFestival.ca

The Pixelated Revolution
January 15-18
Part performance, part non-traditional lecture, this searing new work examines the use of camera phones in capturing and disseminating first-hand experiences of the Syrian revolution.

Gob Squad's Kitchen
January 16-18
An arsenal of live video and performance techniques to celebrate the culture-bending heyday of Andy Warhol's Factory.
Act 1, Eat 1 pairing January 16: Gob Squad's Ktichen + dinner at Salt Tasting Room: BUY NOW

A Brimful of Asha
January 16-February 1

Real-life mother and son, Asha and Ravi Jain, share the stage to tell this true story of generational and cultural clash, capturing a quintessential Canadian experience.
Tickets available via Arts Club

Human Library
January 17-February 2

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.
More info at PuShFestival.ca

The Quiet Volume
January 17-February 2

Follow recorded instructions through selected books and rediscover the magic of reading in this surprising, contemplative performance, designed for two at a time.
Tickets available via PuShFestival.ca

Danse Lhasa Danse
January 18

This multi-disciplinary evening honours the life and work of New York-born, Montreal-based folk singer and musician, Lhasa de Sela, who lost her voice, and ultimately, her life to cancer.
Tickets available via Ticketmaster
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L.A. Party/An Evening With William Shatner Asterisk
January 21-25

Two one-man shows with no man. In L.A. Party a fanatical vegan falls off the purity wagon. In An Evening... clips of Captain Kirk of the original Star Trek are stitched together to create a meticulously catalogued montage.
Act 1, Eat 1 pairing January 22:  L.A. Party/An Evening With William Shatner Asterisk + dinner at Bitter Tasting Room: BUY NOW

January 22-26

A docudrama about small town Saskatchewan farmer, Percy Schmeiser, versus biotech giant, Monsanto Inc.
Tickets available via Theatre at UBC

The Dragonfly of Chicoutimi
January 22-25

In this acclaimed production, five actors embody the play's anti-hero, delivering a linguistic tour de force that challenges our perception of truth.

January 24

On select Fridays, the Vancouver Art gallery transforms into the place for art, music and live performance in the city.
Tickets available via Vancouver Art Gallery

January 24-26

The lives of a big-city anthropologist and an Inuk teenager intersect powerfully during 24- hour darkness in Nunavut. A dramatic exploration of Inuit and colonial culture.

Mixtape: Gabriel Kahane + Timo Andres
January 27-28

Featuring music by J.S Bach (arranged by György Kurtág), Benjamin Britten, Timo Andres, Gabriel Kahane, Thomas Adès, Robert Schumann, Franz Schubert, Andrew Norman, and Charles Ives.

Usually Beauty Fails
January 28-30

Three musicians plugged into the power grid, six dancers ready to explode, the energy of pop music to intensify the beat, burning desire to set things ablaze.
Tickets available via Dance House

January 28-February 8

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.
Tickets available via The Cultch.

Inheritor Album
January 30-February 2

Pushing the limits of physical possibility, this explosive, urban-infused dance piece explores the concept of inheritance, set against a backdrop of stunning animations.

A Presence of Monster
January 30-February 1
A Presence of Monster is a collective creation gestated in the minds and bellies of 22 artists of diverse disciplines. The variety of their practices will seize your expectations and return them to you-harmed.

Have I No Mouth
January 30-February 1

The 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.
Act 1, Eat 1 pairing January 30:  Have I No Mouth + dinner at Bridges Restaurant: BUY NOW

Nanook of the North
January 31-February 1

Experimenting with and honing her personal style in Inuit throat singing since she was a teenager in Nunavut, innovative vocalist Tanya Tagaq can capture the most ethereal moments of desire, or find the deepest, huskiest, beating pulse, with her voice and breath.
Tickets available via The Cultch

António Zambujo
February 2

Portuguese fado singer, guitarist and composer António Zambujo has been pushing the boundaries of the genre since breaking into the international scene 10 years ago.
Tickets available via Capilano University

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Club PuSh
Presented with Theatre Conspiracy
January 16-February 1, Thursday to Sunday

Club PuSh is the social hub of the PuSh Festival, where you can meet up with friends to grab a drink and catch a startling performance. 19+

Gender Failure
January 16-17

Writer/storyteller Ivan Coyote and musician Rae Spoon explore their failed attempts to fit into the gender binary. Equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking.

Coastal Sounds
January 18
Not your average youth choir, Coastal Sound Youth Choir performs with ultra-hip Woodpigeon (aka Calgary's Mark Andrew Hamilton) in a program that includes indie rock, classical, avant-garde, and a joint set of original Woodpigeon songs.

Tetsuo: The Iron Man
January 23
Eye of Newt Ensemble, led by composer/violist Stefan Smulovitz, devises a live soundtrack to a screening of the '80s cult classic cyberpunk film, Tetsuo: The Iron Man. An experimental soundscape drawn from Japanese noise and electronics.

Tucked & Plucked: Vancouver's Drag Herstory Live Onstage
January 24
Vancouver's Zee Zee Theatre unearths the history of the drag movement in Vancouver, with special guests from Vancouver's drag community. Provocative, funny, festive and strangely thought-provoking.

Swan Song (For Cats)
January 25

Performance art ensemble Norma teams up with Veda Hille to present an evening of cat-themed song, spectacle, and memory. Expect special guests.

Ryeberg Live
January 26
The return of the online magazine's live presentation, where guests presents essays inspired by YouTube videos. Speakers this year include authors Lee Henderson and Zsuzsi Gartner, artist Vjeko Sager, and interdisciplinary media artist Sammy Chien.

January 30-31
Modern pace, multimedia, and First Nations myth collide in this heartbreaking, yet hopeful, search for love, performed by Cliff Cardinal. Five stars from CBC.

Duets for One/Myth & Infrastructure
February 1

Duets for One refines performer Tanya Marquardt's memoir of her life as a teen runaway into a cabaret-style montage-alogue, created with co-performer Tim Carlson (Theatre Conspiracy) and director Mallory Catlett. In Myth and Infrastructure, L.A.'s Miwa Matreyek steps from behind the video screen to enter a world of her own animation-the intersection of theatre and film, illusion and construction.

Late Nights at Club PuSh
January 17, January 24 & January 31

Friday nights at Club PuSh feature live music, DJ sets and other surprises. 19+
Tickets available via PuShFestival.ca
Late Nights at Club PuSh are available to ticketholders for the earlier performance that night at no additional charge.

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