5 must-see shows at 2018 PuSh International Performing Arts Festival

2018 PuSh International Performing Arts Festival

Jan. 16-Feb. 4 | Various venues

Tickets and info: pushfestival.ca

With 20 main stage pieces, eight Club PuSh performances, films, industry sessions and more, the 14th annual PuSh International Performing Arts Festival is a lot to wrap your head around. Every year, different attendees employ assorted strategies to select their shows.

Sometimes, just going for the spotlight country offers is a good plan. This year there are a group of works from the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland which all look grand. Ten other countries are also showcasing.

Other times, you just need to go with your gut.

The five recommendations below are a mixture of both selection methods. You can’t catch it all and these productions look like winners.

1. King Arthur’s Night

Jan. 31-Feb. 4 | Frederic Wood Theatre, UBC

Neworld Theatre applies its radical approach to the stage to present a Camelot you’ve always wanted to see. With a live band, 20-member choir and a cast featuring actors with Down Syndrome, this show was a hit when it premiered at Toronto’s Luminato Festival. Fun, zany, catchy.

Pianist Vicky Chow in Hong Kong Exile’s show Foxconn Frequency (no. 3). 2017 [PNG Merlin Archive]

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Pianist Vicky Chow in Hong Kong Exile’s show Foxconn Frequency (no. 3).

2. Foxconn Frequency (no. 3): For three visibly Chinese performers

Jan. 31-Feb. 2, various times | Performance Works, Granville Island

Pianist Vicky Chow becomes the element around which a group of artists connected to video links, multiple speakers and a group of 3-D printers must orbit as they do their best to perform her driving musical drills. Coming from Vancouver’s Hong Kong Exile, known for bringing exciting new angles to dance and performance art, this one has the potential to take the group to the next level of recognition.

foxconn frequency (no.3) – for three visibly Chinese performers [PuSh Festival 2018] from Remy Siu on Vimeo.

Jarrett Martineau’s website devoted to First Nations music is called RPM.fm.

3. RPM LIVE: 010

Feb 3, 10:30 p.m. | The Fox Cabaret

Club PuSh is where the late night fun comes in for the 19+ fest goer. Looser and geared towards the most adventurous demographic, this collection of drag, comedy, spoken word and music nights is also priced lower than the theatre gigs. This closing night concert is a showcase for RPM Records,

Source:: Vancouver Sun – Entertainment

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