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9th Annual PuSh International Performing Arts Festival

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9th Annual PuSh International Performing Arts Festival – January 15 – February 3, 2013

The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival is Vancouver’s mid-winter festival presenting acclaimed local, national and international artists. The 9th annual PuSh Festival takes place January 15 – February 3, 2013 at venues in and around Vancouver and offers work from Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Japan, Scotland, Taiwan and the United States.

The PuSh Festival presents groundbreaking work in the live performing arts with theatre, dance, music, and various forms of multimedia and hybrid performance. The 2013 Festival features more than 160 performances and events over 20 days with 18 Main Series shows, three full weeks of Club PuSh, the PuSh Assembly networking event, an Opening Gala, a Free Film Series, shows paired with Dine Out Vancouver restaurants and a number of artist talks and other ancillary events. Details at




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.

Supported by the Consulate General of France in Vancouver and Institut français.


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.

Supported by the Goethe–Institut Toronto.


Hiroaki Umeda/S20 (Tokyo, Japan)

Haptic + Holistic Strata

Presented with The Dance Centre

Jan 25–27, Scotiabank Dance Centre. 8PM.

One of Japan’s most exciting multidisciplinary artists brings together light, sound and movement with astonishing force and style. $27-35 at Tickets Tonight.

Supported by the Japan Foundation.



Projet in situ (Lyon, France)

Do You See What I Mean?

Presented with Urban Crawl, sponsored by Terra Breads

Jan 25–27 & Feb 1–3, Access Gallery. Departures every 15 min from12–4:45PM.

This two-and-a-half hour blindfolded tour of the streets, storefronts and secret spaces of our city offers participants a deeply transformative experience of the everyday. (18+) $31-39 at the PuSh Festival. Supported by the Consulate General of France in Vancouver, Institut français, The Roundhouse, Access Gallery and CNIB (the Canadian National Institute for the Blind).


Music on Main (Vancouver, Canada)

Reich + Rite with pianist Vicky Chow

Presented with Music on Main

Jan 28–29, Heritage Hall. 8PM.

Renowned pianist Vicky Chow performs a tour de force programme with works by Steve Reich, Igor Stravinsky and Louis Andriessen. $15-35 at Music on Main.


Pieter Ampe + Guilherme Garrido/CAMPO (Ghent, Belgium)

Still Standing You

Presented with The Dance Centre

Jan 29–30 & Feb 1–2, Scotiabank Dance Centre. 8PM.

An incendiary Belgian-Portuguese duo tests the limits of friendship, rivalry and their own bodies in a rough-and-tumble montage of dance, gymnastics and wrestling. $27-35 at Tickets Tonight.


National Theatre of Scotland (Glasgow, Scotland)

The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart

Presented with The Cultch

Jan 29–Feb 2, The WISE Hall. 8PM, Matinee Feb 2 2PM.

Told in rhyming couplets, this devilish evening of supernatural storytelling is inspired by the Border Ballads, Robert Burns and the poems of Robert Service. (19+) $47 at The Cultch. Supported by the British Council, the Scottish Government and Benromach Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky.


Tim Crouch (Brighton, England)

I, Malvolio

Presented with The Cultch

Jan 30­–Feb 10, The Cultch. 8PM, Matinee Feb 10 2PM, No show Feb 4.

A hilarious and unsettling take on Twelfth Night through the eyes of Malvolio—one of dramatic literature’s most maligned characters. From $17 at The Cultch.

Supported by the British Council.


Theatre Replacement / Neworld Theatre (Vancouver, Canada)

Winners and Losers

Presented with SFU Woodward’s

Jan 30–Feb 2, Studio T, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts. 8PM, Matinee Feb 2 2PM.

Marcus Youssef and James Long embrace the ruthless logic and inevitable consequences of competition as they debate what it means to be a ‘winner’ or a ‘loser.’  $27-35 at Tickets Tonight.


Contemporary Legend Theater (Taipei, Taiwan)

King Lear

Presented with Asian Canadian Special Events Association

Feb 1–2, The Centre in Vancouver for the Performing Arts. 8PM.
Acclaimed the world over, this athletic and virtuosic one-man King Lear is performed by Wu Hsing-Kuo in the style of Peking Opera. In Mandarin with English surtitles. Tickets from $34 at Tickets Tonight.

Supported by the Ministry of Culture, R.O.C. (Taiwan), the Taipei Cultural Center of TECO in New York and the Sandman Hotel Vancouver City Centre.


Lord Byng, Cariboo Hill + North Delta Secondary Schools

The Edge Project: Good to Go

Presented with Green Thumb Theatre

Jan 17–19, The Roundhouse. 8PM, Matinee Jan 19 2PM.

An original take on the Hero’s Journey created, designed, written and performed by over 75 high school students. $5-15 at Green Thumb Theatre.


Bachelor of Performing Arts Program (Vancouver, Canada)


Presented with Capilano University, Douglas College, Langara and Vancouver Community College

Jan 31–Feb 2, Progress Lab 1422. 8PM, Matinee Feb 2 4PM.

The first graduating class of the newly inaugurated BPA program asks what it means to experience reality in Qualia—a private experience in a public place. $15 at Tickets Tonight.


David Carr (New York, USA)

David Carr: Truth and Lies in Life and Art

Presented with the North Shore Credit Union Centre for the Performing Arts at Capilano University

Feb 3, NSCU Centre at Capilano University. 7:30PM.

A lecture with the always-fascinating David Carr—New York Times columnist, author of The Night of the Gun, and featured interviewee in the documentary Page One: Inside the New York Times. $25-28 at Capilano University. Supported by Pacific Arbour.

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Presented with Theatre Conspiracy

January 16—February 2,

Performance Works on Granville Island 19+


Club PuSh is a dynamic space that is all about experimentation— cutting–edge work suited for a less traditional, more informal venue.


Marquee highlights include: the cabaret rock-&-roll show The God That Comes: with Hawksley Workman; Belgian transsexual Vanessa Van Durme’s extraordinary true story Look Mummy, I’m Dancing; an evening of new English performance featuring Northern Soul, 30 Cecil Street & A Western; along with Herald Nix, Proud Animal, Twin River, Jan Derbyshire’s Stood, Daniel Barrow’s Winnipeg Babysitter, Ryeberg Live, Red Diva Projects’ The Road Forward and sad sack, by night.


Club PuSh is the social hub of the festival—a place to grab a drink and chat with artists and other festival goers while taking in an array of performances from the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Friday and Saturday nights at 10PM, Late Nights at Club PuSh showcases live music and other groundbreaking entertainment. Details at


Tickets $18-33 at Tickets Tonight. Late Nights at Club PuSh only $10 after 9:45pm, at the door only.


Club PuSh Beer Sponsor Kronenbourg 1664, Wine Sponsor The View.


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The PuSh Assembly is a performing arts industry initiative for sharing best practices, ideas and perspectives. The Assembly offers both local and global networking opportunities, while fostering export readiness and international market development. Join us for the POP*TACTICS symposium featuring a keynote address by Liza Fior (founding member of muf architecture/art),, workshops with Dan Canham, Adrian Howells and Action Hero, and much more!


This year the Assembly is even more accessible with activities throughout the entire three weeks of the Festival and FREE registration. Details at


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The PuSh Pass is the best way to experience the PuSh Festival! 4 show and 6 show passes available. Purchase before 5pm on Thursday, December 6th for the early bird rate and save up to 30% off single tickets! For $99 ($115 after Dec 6), you get four flexible vouchers for any four PuSh shows, or pay only $142 ($170 after Dec 6) for a six-pack of vouchers.


New this year, all PuSh passholders get into Late Nights at Club PuSh and the Opening Gala absolutely FREE. Visit or contact our audience services department at or 604.605.8284 ex 200 for details.



See show description for the ticket outlet associated with each show.

Arts Club Theatre Company – or 604.687.1644

Capilano University – or 604.990.7810

The Cultch – or 604.251.1363

Green Thumb Theatre – or 604.254.4055

Music on Main – or 604.879.9888

PuSh Festival – or 604.605.8284 ext. 200

Ticketmaster – or 1.855.985.ARTS (2787)

Tickets Tonight – or 604.684.2787

Turning Point Ensemble –


Group rates are available for select shows; please contact for further details.





For more information on the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, visit or pick up a comprehensive 48-page program guide beginning November 12, 2012 at any location of JJ Bean, Festival Cinemas, Terra Breads or Choices Markets.


General Inquires – 604.605.8284 ext 100 | |

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