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.

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“When a Saskatchewan farmer decides to fight back, Monsanto flexes its muscles and a four-year court case ensues. Consider these three things about this docu-theatre work: one, every word spoken onstage is a verbatim quote from court transcripts and interviews; two, it’s more than a modern-day david versus goliath; and three, one story conceals a much more ominous one.” Cast of seven includes iconic Canadian actor Eric Peterson.

January 22–26, 2014
Frederic Wood Theatre, UBC, 6354 Crescent Road
Tickets : Advance $27–33 | Door $29–35

Nanook of the North

“In this concert for film, famed Canadian singer Tanya Tagaq fuses her voice and musical talents to create a mesmerizing, original soundscape for Nanook of the North, perhaps the most famous (and perhaps most infamous) film ever made about indigenous people. Tagaq’s haunting throat singing combines with violinist Jesse Zubot and drummer Jean Martin’s improvisatory genius and Juno Award-winning composer Derek Charke’s original film score to frame film pioneer Robert Flaherty’s 1922 semi-documentary in a new, contemporary light.”

January 31–February 1, 2014
York Theatre, 639 Commercial Drive
PuSh Conversation: Panel discussion February 1

Some performances —such as Nanook of the North—have PuSh Conversations, a designated talk-back portion of the performance. Some are pre- or post-performance, others are panel discussions. These are opportunities for PuSh attendees to immerse themselves in the ideas and themes of the work.

Tucked & Plucked: Vancouver’s Drag Herstory Live Onstage

Part of Club PuSh is Tucked & Plucked: Vancouver’s Drag Herstory Live Onstage for one night only. Club PuSh is all about cutting-edge performance in a less formal, less traditional space. It is a place to mingle with other PuSh attendees as well as performers.

Tucked and Plucked at Club PuSh 2014

 “Tucked and Plucked unearths the history of the drag movement in Vancouver. Following the rise of drag culture alongside—and often directly impacting—the queer rights movement, this glamorous and outrageous talk show explores the effect these audacious individuals have had on social and political change. Co-hosted by real-life drag husbands the Queen of East Van Isolde N. Barron and the Baddest Bitch Peach Cobblah, and featuring special guests from Vancouver’s drag community.”

January 24, 2014
8pm | Tickets: $25
Club PuSh, Performance Works
1218 Cartwright Street, Granville Island

Club PuSh opens one hour before the performance and stays open until 1am.

But Wait, There's More:

PuSh Fest has a new Youth Pass, which allows attendees 16-24 years of age a special discounted pass. The program is part of PuSh's goal to nurture Vancouver's emerging performing arts scene.

PuSh has paired up with Dine Out Vancouver (which runs Jan 17 - Feb 2) for Act 1: Eat 1. This special collaboration pairs certain performances with nearby restaurants for a unique experience of culinary and performance art.

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