10th annual PuSh Festival brings international lineup of theatre, dance, music and more
2014 PuSh Festival for Performing Arts runs from January 14 to February 2.
What began as an avant-garde performance series of three new works over three months has transformed into a citywide festival, attracting international talent and approximately 30,000 attendees over three weeks.
Norman Armour, artistic and executive director, co-founded the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival 10 years ago with Katrina Dunn in an effort to push the boundaries of contemporary performing arts. At the time, Armour was the artistic producer of Rumble Productions and Dunn was (and still is) the artistic director of Touchstone Theatre.
Today, PuSh Fest is multidisciplinary and curated; committed to presenting critically acclaimed work from international artists. Armour and Dunn wanted to break down barriers that seemed to exist between performing arts disciplines and the audience—and after ten years they’re still going strong.
“Push boundaries; push the form; push forward new ideas, new aesthetics, new thinking and new work,” explains Armour in the 2014 program guide. “No matter how challenging or far-fetched the artistic proposition might be, we would stick by our credo: no hype; tell the truth; never lie.”
Each year the festival seeks new ways of combining disciplines, pushing norms of staging and storytelling, and highlighting contemporary ideas and issues. The theme for 2014 is Crossing the Line—below are a few events not to be missed. The PuSh Pass sells out annually (and already has) but individual tickets are available and some performances are free.
Check out some of the 2014 performances:
“Part performance, part non-traditional lecture, this searing new work from PuSh's artist-in-residence Rabih Mroue examines the use of camera phones in capturing and disseminating first-hand experiences of the Syrian revolution, while exploring the role of social media in sharing and proliferating those images from the front line.”
January 15–18, 2014
Studio T, SFU's Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street
Tickets: Adults $33; Seniors $29; Students $27
“First presented in Vancouver at the 2013 PuSh Festival, and back by overwhelming demand, Human Library is a curated collection of ‘human books’ covering an eclectic range of subjects, from 'drag queen' to 'Cultural Pirate' and 'Born Again Christian.' Sign out one of thirty human books at the Vancouver Public Library Central Branch, start your one-on-one conversation and the rest is up to you."
January 17–19, 24–26, 31, February 1–2, 2014
Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch
3rd Floor, 350 West Georgia Street
Free – first come, first served during event hours