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Featuring: Shen Wei Dance Arts · EDAM · White Wave Lucie Grégoire Danse · Lola Lince · Dancers Dancing · Goh Ballet Ferenc Feher · The Biting School · Harbour Dance ITP Dumb Instument Dance · Patasola Dance · The Response 24 Days of World-Class Dance

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TABLE OF CONTENTS MAIN STAGE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

PUSH ASSEMBLY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50

Some Hope for the Bastards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

Ideas Series . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51

Inside/Out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

Industry Series . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53

Reassembled, Slightly Askew . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

Workshops . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

The Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

Artists-in-Residence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56

Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 MDLSX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

PUSH FILM SERIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58

Radio Rewrite . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

The Making of Justice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59

Lookout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Songs of Insurrection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 It’s Dark Outside . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Blind Cinema . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 MEETING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 I’m Not Here . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Endings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Dublin Oldschool . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Foxconn Frequency (no. 3) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 King Arthur’s Night . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 BiRDMAN: LiVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Pour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 The Eternal Tides . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 CLUB PUSH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44

The Walkers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 History History History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 FESTIVAL INFORMATION

Welcome Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6, 14 Festival Partners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Spotlight on Ireland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 PuSh Youth Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Accessible PuSh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Patrons Circle Donors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Staff, Board, Thank You’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Festival Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Venues . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Passes & Tickets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76

Dickie Beau: Unplugged . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Torrey Pines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 HINKYPUNK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Joseph Keckler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Daughter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Spokaoke . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Cris Derksen Trio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 RPM Live: 010 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48

2018 PROGRAM GUIDE EDITOR Bonnie Sun COPYWRITER Mike Archibald CONTRIBUTORS Peter Dickinson, PuSh Festival staff COPY EDITORS Mike Archibald, PuSh Festival staff GRAPHIC DESIGN Steve Chow AD SALES Clevers Media PRINTER Mitchell Press

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WELCOME

It is a great honour to welcome all of the participants and guests of the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival to the shared territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and TsleilWaututh Nations.

On behalf of the citizens of Vancouver, and my colleagues on City Council, I want to extend my warmest greetings to everyone attending the 2018 PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, from January 16 to February 4.

Storytelling, mythology and drama are integral components of cultural expression, and we wish to thank all of the artists for their important contribution in making the PuSh Festival a success.

It is the unique character of our city that all our citizens can enjoy and participate in a large, diverse selection of cultural events. The PuSh Festival expands the horizons of Vancouver artists and audiences with work that is visionary, genre-bending, multidisciplined and original. It showcases acclaimed international, Canadian and local artists with an alchemy that inspires audiences. As Mayor, I am proud of Vancouver’s reputation as a major centre for the performing arts. It is gratifying that so many local and visiting artists have developed their respective crafts in our city and are displaying their marvelous talents to the world. It is an honour to have you in Vancouver.

We live in an exciting era where we can draw from traditional knowledge and apply it in a modern context. This represents a continuity of tradition, what we do today will someday be traditional. Welcome and enjoy the Festival. Â Chief Ian Campbell CULTURAL AMBASSADOR & NEGOTIATOR INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS, NATURAL RESOURCES & REVENUE, SQUAMISH NATION

I want to congratulate the organizers, performers and audiences of the 2018 PuSh Festival on a fabulous event and I hope everyone enjoys the festivities! Sincerely,

Gregor Robertson MAYOR, CITY OF VANCOUVER

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Welcome to the 2018 PuSh International Performing Arts Festival! Canada’s vibrant arts and culture are a unifying force. They help tell our stories, bring depth to our experiences and open doors to new possibilities. Our government is proud to support the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, which provides audiences of all backgrounds with opportunities to experience dance, theatre and music from a variety of artists. Each year, the festival gives local creators and artists from across Canada and around the world a platform to showcase their work, reach new audiences and enrich Vancouver’s cultural landscape. As Minister of Canadian Heritage, I would like to thank the organizers, sponsors and volunteers who help to make this year’s PuSh Festival a success, and of course the artists themselves for their continued inspiration and dedication.

The arts and culture have a powerful capacity to bring together people and communities, to reconcile and to bridge distances. When we put the arts at the heart of our communities, of the aspirations of young people, and of our daily lives, we invite new perspectives, raise issues that matter, initiate conversations and reimagine a shared future together. That’s why the Canada Council for the Arts has committed to increasing its support for the arts by encouraging ever more diverse audiences to engage with the arts and by expanding the reach of Canadian art locally, nationally and internationally. The Canada Council for the Arts is proud to support the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival in the vital work it is doing to shape a new future through the arts.

Simon Brault, O.C., O.Q. DIRECTOR & CEO, CANADA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS

Mélanie Joly MINISTER OF CANADIAN HERITAGE

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As Premier of the Province of British Columbia, it is my great pleasure to welcome everyone to the 14th edition of the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival.

On behalf of Premier John Horgan and the Government of British Columbia, welcome to the 14th annual PuSh International Performing Arts Festival.

This three-week festival enlightens thousands of attendees during B.C.’s winter months. Encompassing the worlds of dance, music, theatre and multimedia, acclaimed local and international artists are showcased at this signature event.

I’m excited to see this year’s impressive lineup of live performances, with artists from B.C., Canada and around the world. The PuSh Festival pushes the boundaries of art, pushes standards of excellence, and pushes us to explore new ideas. The PuSh Festival has rightfully earned its reputation as one of the pre-eminent performance festivals in North America.

Culture plays an integral role in reflecting back to us the conditions and circumstances of our societies. Performance art provides a very specific voice—one that is often visionary and pushes boundaries. The exploratory art forms included in this year’s program promise to be groundbreaking and inspiring. Festivals such as PuSh ensure that arts and culture continue to play a critical role in B.C.’s economy. I would like to commend all those involved with making this festival the success that it is and for providing a world-class stage for national and international artists.

Festivals, such as this one, are an important contributor to our province’s creative economy, providing a boost for local businesses and making B.C.’s communities vibrant places to live, work and visit. I’m proud that our ministry provides funding support to this great festival. Thank you to the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival and its many supporters for all they have done to make this year’s edition such a success.

John Horgan PREMIER, PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

Lisa Beare MINISTER OF TOURISM, ARTS AND CULTURE

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Stories so big they have to be sung

Opera Season

La Bohème

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FEBRUARY 15, 17, 21, 23, 25 / 2018 In Italian with English surtitles

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BEHIND THE SCENES

FOREIGN AGENCIES

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Written and performed by Anita Majumdar Presented with Monsoon Festival of Performing Arts

August 18 Main Stage at Surrey Arts Centre

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WELCOME FROM PUSH PHOTO: JOSH BERSON

Welcome to the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. As you sit down at a coffee shop with your program guide, or settle into your seat before a show, I want to take you behind the scenes into the making of this incredible three-week-long artistic journey. What you see on stage is the result of meticulous curation envisioned by the PuSh Festival’s curatorial team over the course of many years. The team travels all over the world and deep into our own backyard in search of performing artists who push boundaries, provoke thinking, and initiate collaboration between and among cultures. The PuSh Festival seeks out well-known artists as much as it lifts up those yet to be discovered by Vancouver audiences. The art may be the strongest drive for many of you to attend the Festival, but the value PuSh adds to the city extends beyond the shows you experience. Over the three weeks of the Festival, PuSh will partner with over 100 organizations, bring audiences to 18 venues, and host artists and industry leaders from a dozen countries around the world. All of this in the middle of Vancouver’s darkest and rainiest season! On top of the curatorial team, the Festival is driven by a remarkable staff—visionaries in our city, worthy of celebration—and a dedicated, generous board of 19 individuals who contribute to the health and vitality of PuSh. And, of course, by hundreds of volunteers who offer their time and passion to make this Festival all that it is. Please join me in supporting and recognizing all those who make this Festival possible, behind the scenes and on stage. Enjoy the 14th annual PuSh Festival!

PHOTO: YUKIKO ONLEY

Welcome back, old friends! To new acquaintances, join us—we will reward your curiosity handsomely at the 14th edition of the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. The performing arts are inherently a collaborative endeavour. The impulse to connect with fellow human beings—on stage and in the audience—is elemental to the creative act and to live performance. It is integral to the making of art and the making of meaning. As we like to say around here, “We play well with others.” Partnerships are our modus operandi and underlie much of what we do and aspire to achieve—that impulse to connect. Partnerships enable PuSh to reach new audiences, to widen and magnify our curatorial practice, and to amplify our profile and cultural footprint. They are often the defining factor behind both a curatorial decision and its realization. We count on local partners year in and year out—trusted colleagues and companies that perfectly complement the PuSh Festival. Many can be found in the following pages. Some are perennial. Others come and go with the inevitable tides of opportunity and synchronicity. Others still are germinal, the beginnings of what often become long-term friendships. Our relentless interest in partnering extends beyond our immediate environs. It reaches down to the Cascadia region, over the Rocky Mountains, and eastward to Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal. Farther afield, this year marks the launch of an exciting multiyear curatorial exchange with the Sydney Festival in Australia, which includes presentations, residencies, and visiting artists. Know this: the moment you’re seated inside the theatre, you become one of our partners, the final step in the cumulative process of collaboration with countless individuals and organizations that bring the PuSh Festival to life. To both new and old friends, thank you for playing along!

Mira Oreck PRESIDENT, BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Norman Armour ARTISTIC & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR 14


PHOTO: SARAH RACE

Never before have there been so many questions about how we should be in the world. We’re addicted to technology that is designed to deliver unprecedented access to information. There is so much freedom of choice that perhaps we’re all immobilized by decision fatigue. Algorithms course through every moment of our lives—digital tools to wed our interests and desires, suggesting songs based on past choices, health tips based on past steps. Algorithms changing our minds, and even our brains. So what about all that messy and difficult stuff that doesn’t adhere to the rules of an algorithmic world? Justice and ethics. Empathy and understanding. Embracing the unknown and the possibility of transformation. For all our technological advances, human intervention is still critically vital. We need to recognize context, establish meaning and create resonance; this process is a form of care, a kind of curation. Algorithms and curation are opposite sides of the same coin. Both assert an agenda, express our values. Both have been co-opted by consumer culture. We might forget that humans create algorithms, but it is folly to allow the process to erase our ability to choose critically—for that is the very essence of what makes us human. This year’s shows, and our process of curating them, are an injection of humanity, an attempt to awaken our senses and spirits. The act of live performance is an act of our collective imagination. In performance, we bear witness to the power of human invention and human intervention. Let the shows and artists of this year’s lineup remind us: we create the world around us.

PHOTO: SARAH RACE

Welcome to the ninth edition of Club PuSh. What started as a desire and need for a festival hub for audiences and artists alike has grown into a three-weekend takeover of one of Vancouver’s hottest venues, The Fox Cabaret. At Club PuSh, we present art that demands engagement, that requires a very real relationship be formed between artist and audience— art that creates a community. From a curatorial standpoint, questions of identity, of our place in the world, of who we are and how we effect change in the immediate space around us take stage in the performances—and in the ethos of Club PuSh. With these questions of locality, space and community in mind, we embark on a first-time partnership with the Anvil Centre in New Westminster to launch Club PuSh into a new era. For nearly 15 years, the PuSh Festival has brought artists from around the world to Vancouver; this year, we take a big step to send those artists beyond our city’s borders. Club PuSh at the Anvil Centre is about expanding the reach of artists and expanding the community that art builds. This is an invitation to join the Club PuSh community—whether at The Fox Cabaret or the Anvil Centre. Theatre stages and city limits cannot contain us.

Cameron Mackenzie PRODUCER & CURATOR, CLUB PUSH

WITH Norman Armour & Joyce Rosario CURATORS, CLUB PUSH

Joyce Rosario DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING

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ARTIST: EMMET KIRWAN (DUBLIN OLDSCHOOL). PHOTO: ROS KAVANAGH

SPOTLIGHT ON

IRELAND Each year the PuSh Festival presents the best of the performing arts from all corners of the world. In some years, we focus a special spotlight on artists from specific geographic areas, to better see in context the global and regional ideas emerging in contemporary live performance. At the 2018 PuSh Festival we’re delighted to present Spotlight on Ireland, a suite of three new works from the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Like the artists who created them, these shows are diverse and not easily categorized—even by their country of origin. Reassembled, Slightly Askew, I’m Not Here and Dublin Oldschool each range widely in aesthetics and themes, as evidenced in the show descriptions of the PuSh Festival program guide. What runs common through them all are the imagination, passion and rigour that you would expect from artists born from a culture steeped in a storied and impassioned history of theatre making. With the support of Culture Ireland, we have collaborated with our presenter colleagues at The Cultch and Calgary’s High Performance Rodeo to offer this in-depth curatorial look at the trendsetting and far-reaching art produced on a small island that proudly and aggressively supports its artists. Spotlight on Ireland is a captivating snapshot of the Emerald Isle and the creativity that springs from it. We hope you enjoy.

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ARTIST: SILVIA CALDERONI/MOTUS (MDLSX). PHOTO: RENATO MANGOLIN

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The PuSh Festival Main Stage is a curated program of theatre, music, dance and multimedia shows—created and performed by groundbreaking artists from around the world. This year’s Main Stage program features 20 contemporary works, presented at venues across Vancouver. Twenty shows to provoke thought and conversation. Twenty shows to open our eyes to new experiences, new perspectives. What’s on offer are visionary stories and revolutionary ideas for our times.

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SOME HOPE FOR THE BASTARDS

FRÉDÉRICK GRAVEL (CANADA)

[A]rguably the most significant dance artist to emerge in Quebec in the past 10 years… He produces dance theatre that is sly and subversive.” —THE GLOBE AND MAIL

PHOTO: STÉPHANE NAJMAN

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For the musically adventurous and visually attuned, Frédérick Gravel offers a music-dance spectacle to savour—an unholy hybrid of the highbrow and the high-octane. Onstage, nine dancers move in time to a head-nodding live music mix, their bodies shifting between repose and ecstatic motion. The emphasis here is on rhythm—you’ll struggle to stay in your seat as the propulsive beats roll and the dancers move in finely controlled harmony. Gravel bridges the mainstream and the esoteric in a delightful blend. With the music as with the dance, this is Gravel’s signature crossbreeding at its finest—a heady mash-up of styles, moulded for maximum kinetic power. The musical references— rock, R&B, even classical—seem stranger, more radical, more alive in combination with the others. In this sprawling sonic universe, the dancers come to life; when they move, it’s with the force of obsession. Beauty is rarely this entertaining, and entertainment rarely this exalted. Choreographer, dancer and musician Frédérick Gravel, last seen at PuSh 2014 with the sold-out hit Usually Beauty Fails, has been a star on the Montreal dance scene for a decade now. Always adventurous, Gravel draws inspiration from sources as disparate as performance art and pop music and is known internationally for his multidisciplinary mixtures.

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CREATOR, DIRECTOR Frédérick Gravel PERFORMERS David Albert-Toth, Dany Desjardins, Kimberley de Jong, Francis Ducharme, Louise Michel Jackson, Alanna Kraaijeveld, Alexia Martel, Jamie Wright, Simon Xavier-Lefebvre MUSICIANS Philippe Brault, Frédérick Gravel, José Major ORIGINAL MUSIC COMPOSER Philippe Brault REHEARSAL DIRECTOR Lucie Vigneault TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Alexandre Pilon-Guay LIGHTING DESIGNER Alexandre Pilon-Guay SOUND DESIGNER Louis Carpentier COSTUME DESIGNER Catherine Théroux OUTSIDE EYE Angélique Wilkie APPRENTICE Noémie Dufour-Campeau DEVELOPMENT, PROMOTION MANAGERS George Skalkogiannis, Marie-Andrée Gougeon PRODUCERS Frédérick Gravel, Daniel Léveillé Danse CO-PRODUCED BY Daniel Léveillé Danse, CanDance Network Creation Fund, Festival TransAmériques, Centre chorégraphique national de Caen en Normandie, Muffatwerk, The National Arts Centre, The Banff Centre, PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, Usine C SUPPORTED BY Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Canada Council for the Arts THIS PRODUCTION is part of Daniel Léveillé Danse development & touring sponsorship project

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Delicately observed and thoroughly engaging… a vivid and necessary reminder that people in prison are, first and foremost, human beings.” —THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT

INSIDE/OUT

NEWORLD THEATRE (CANADA) PRESENTED WITH

TOUCHSTONE THEATRE

WRITER, PERFORMER Patrick Keating DIRECTOR, DRAMATURG Stephen Malloy SOUND DESIGNER Noah Drew LIGHTING DESIGNER Jaylene Pratt STAGE MANAGER Sandy Cumberland SET, PROPS, COSTUME DESIGNER Barbara Clayden PRODUCER Neworld Theatre in association with Main Street Theatre and Urban Crawl

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Intelligent, articulate and gentle, actor Patrick Keating has been a mainstay of Vancouver’s independent theatre scene for years—not the kind of guy who leaps to mind when you hear the word “criminal.” You’d be hard pressed to imagine him robbing a bank, but that’s exactly what he once did, and in this enthralling production he breaks down his years as a repeat offender. His story is harrowing, but laced with wit and plenty of hard-earned wisdom. This is a show in the finest tradition of the prison memoir—as riveting as fiction, but with the authenticity of documentary. Your notions of criminality will be shaken, perhaps broken altogether: with humility and integrity, Keating stands before us as the violation of a stereotype. Whether romanticized or vilified, lawbreakers play a central role in our social narrative, but rarely do we get to hear them speak for themselves. This is one chance you shouldn’t miss. A graduate of SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts, Patrick Keating has been performing for two decades. He is an associate artist at Main Street Theatre, and performs with many local theatre companies. This is his first work as a playwright.

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[A] quietly devastating example of uncategorizable art at its best… what comes across loudest of all is a call for compassion for people who seem unreachable.” —TIME OUT LONDON

REASSEMBLED, SLIGHTLY ASKEW

SHANNON YEE (NORTHERN IRELAND) PRESENTED WITH

THE CULTCH

An audacious melding of art and science, this multidisciplinary adventure is a head-trip in the literal sense. The survivor of a medically induced coma and acquired brain injury, creator Shannon Yee presents a chance for us to live through her medical journey. In this radically immersive production, audience members lie on hospital beds, put on headphones and enter her mind. It’s an audio experience like no other: re-enactment, internal monologue, evocative aural textures and more.

WRITER, PRODUCER Shannon Yee DIRECTOR Anna Newell COMPOSER Paul Stapleton DRAMATURG Hanna Slattne CHOREOGRAPHER Stevie Prickett SUPPORTED BY Wellcome Trust; Arts Council Northern Ireland; Arts & Disability Forum, Northern Ireland; The MAC, Belfast, Northern Ireland; The Sonic Arts Research Centre, Queen’s University Belfast; The Arts Council of Ireland

JA N 17 –18 , 23–25 , 3 0 – FEB 1 2 :3 0 P M, 5:3 0 P M, 8P M JA N 19–20 , 26– 2 7, FEB 2 – 3 12 :3 0 P M, 3 :3 0 P M, 6 :3 0 P M, 9P M JA N 21, 28 , F EB 4 1:3 0 P M, 4:3 0 P M, 7P M CU LT U R E LA B , TH E CULTCH

$35. Not eligible on the PuSh Pass. 90 mins, no intermission. Very limited capacity. Advance booking is strongly recommended.

What does it mean for a mind to be injured? The answer lurks beyond the objective world, behind a wall of privacy and selfhood. Here is your chance to jump over that wall, and feel a kind of empathy you may have thought impossible. Along with its psychedelic frenzy and rushes of emotion, this work is perhaps most valuable for its tender intimacy. Fearlessly personal and forthrightly political, Northern Irish playwright Shannon Yee uses her perspective as a queer, female, ethnic minority artist to create works that excite and subvert. She is a proud member of Agent 160, a female playwright-led company dedicated to fighting gender imbalance in the theatre.

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From Pi Theatre comes this incendiary exploration of a tragic contemporary phenomenon. Written by David Greig, The Events features Claire, a priest and choir leader who has survived a mass shooting. Shattered and bereft, she looks for answers that may lead to some kind of affirmation of hope and faith. In this soul-searching work, the presence of the choir represents the most beautiful aspects of our shared humanity. Pi draws on community choirs from the Metro Vancouver area for participation; each performance, a different choral group shares the stage with the show’s two actors. This work of art about a community torn apart is an act of community engagement, prompting discussion as well as catharsis. In its compassion, its inclusivity and its spirit of inquiry, The Events is an act of resistance—an act of love. Since 1985, Vancouver’s Pi Theatre has staged over 100 plays and events, and has earned 35 Jessie Richardson Award wins. Scottish playwright David Greig is well known to Vancouver audiences, with past standout productions of San Diego, Midsummer and The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart (PuSh 2013).

THE EVENTS PI THEATRE (CANADA)

PRESENTED WITH

PI THEATRE

PLAYWRIGHT David Greig COMPOSER John Browne DIRECTOR Richard Wolfe PERFORMERS Luisa Jojic, Douglas Ennenberg DESIGN CONSULTANT Alan Brodie COSTUME DESIGNER Connie Hosie LIGHTING DESIGNER Brad Trenaman MUSICAL SUPERVISOR Mishelle Cuttler CHOIR COORDINATOR Davey Calderon

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From $29 POST-SHOW TALKBACK: EVERY PERFORMANCE

80 mins, no intermission [A] solemn, searching and ultimately very moving play… there is real transcendence in this melding of separate voices.” —THE NEW YORK TIMES

PHOTO: EMILY COOPER

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Comic genius… Gunn’s text is intricate and often brilliant, full of unpredictable digressions and curious factoids. It’s the verbal equivalent of skimming stones over water.” —THE AGE

PIECE FOR PERSON AND GHETTO BLASTER

NICOLA GUNN (AUSTRALIA) PRESENTED WITH

THE DANCE CENTRE Convulsive, frenzied and downright thrilling, Nicola Gunn’s show is a cocktail of the physical and the cerebral, the athletic and the abstract. There’s a story she wants to tell, of an encounter she once had in a foreign country. Walking by a canal one day, she saw a man throwing stones at a duck and wound up in a nasty confrontation with him. The experience stayed with her, and grew into an idea for a show about morality, culture and the politics of intervention. A furious thinker and a born entertainer, Gunn leaps and poses onstage while firing off anecdotes, philosophical asides and more. Movement and monologue are the tools here, employed to galvanizing effect. This performer can shake up an audience with the best of them—her work has the verbal density of a great podcast, but it’s a live, physical experience if there ever was one to be had. Writer, director and performer Nicola Gunn has toured Australia, New Zealand, Europe and North America with her award-winning works. This latest show arrives here having taken New York City by storm, and it confirms Gunn’s place in the top ranks of experimental theatre.

CREATOR, WRITER, DIRECTOR, PERFORMER Nicola Gunn CHOREOGRAPHER Jo Lloyd SOUND COMPOSER, DESIGNER Kelly Ryall AV DESIGNER Martyn Coutts LIGHTING DESIGNER Niklas Pajanti COSTUME DESIGNER Shio Otani SCRIPT DRAMATURG Jon Haynes PRODUCTION MANAGER Gwen Gilchrist PRODUCER Jenny Vila SUPPORTED BY Australia Council for the Arts, Creative

Victoria, Mobile States, Besen Family Foundation, Punctum Inc. Seedpod program, City of Melbourne through Arts House’s CultureLAB, Maximised by Chunky Move

JA N 17 –19 8PM SCOT I A B A N K DA NCE CEN TR E

$36 POST-SHOW TALKBACK: JAN 18

70 mins, no intermission

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A perceptions-scrambling work… Silvia Calderoni must be made of mercury, or some improbably liquid element that has yet to be discovered.” —THE NEW YORK TIMES

MDLSX

MOTUS (ITALY) PRESENTED WITH

IL CENTRO ITALIAN CULTURAL CENTRE

Gender-fluid rebel Silvia Calderoni does a powerhouse star turn in this show by Italian theatre company Motus. The performer’s own life story is crossbred with fiction, producing a work of genre blending and gender bending. Using dance, text, video, music and the power of plain old speech, Calderoni and company throw haymakers at the patriarchy.

PERFORMER Silvia Calderoni DIRECTOR Enrico Casagrande, Daniela Nicolò DRAMA-

TURG Daniela Nicolò, Silvia Calderoni SOUND DESIGNER Enrico Casagrande COLLABORATORS Paolo Panella, Damiano Bagli LIGHTING, VIDEO DESIGNER Alessio Spirli PRODUCTION MANAGERS Elisa Bartolucci, Claudia Casalini COMMUNICATION Marta Lovato INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTOR Lisa Gilardino SUPPORTED BY La Villette–Rési-

dence d’artistes 2015 Parigi, Create to Connect, Bunker/Mladi Levi Festival Lubiana, Santarcangelo 2015 Festival Internazionale del Teatro in Piazza, L’arboreto–Teatro Dimora di Mondaino, MARCHE TEATRO, MiBACT, Regione Emilia Romagna

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$39 POST-SHOW TALKBACK: JAN 19

This is a performance in the truest sense of the word, contrasting the roles we’re given with those we’re free to choose for ourselves. The work of gender theorist Judith Butler looms large, as do the twin legacies of rock ‘n’ roll and DJ music. You could call this an intellectual dance party—it’s both visceral and theoretical, provoking contemplation and ecstasy in equal measure. Changing identities and costumes at will, Calderoni shows our notions of gender and sexuality for what they are: barriers we can break down. A revolutionary force in theatre for 25 years, Motus has staged works inspired by Pasolini, Genet, Fassbinder and more, all to thunderous acclaim. Award-winning actress Silvia Calderoni has worked with Motus since 2006, subverting gender binaries with rare wit and courage. SUPPORTED BY

80 mins, no intermission

ROUNDHOUSE COMMUNITY ARTS & RECREATION CENTRE

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RADIO REWRITE:

On top of being lead guitarist for one of the world’s greatest bands, Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood is an innovative and increasingly in-demand composer for concert and film. This genre-mashing concert has Vancouver’s Turning Point Ensemble paying tribute to his work. Also highlighted is one of last century’s most influential composers: Olivier Messiaen, whom Greenwood revered as a teenager. Both trailblazers are inspired by the ondes Martenot, an early-20th century proto-synthesizer, and its ghostly vibrations lend their music a haunting, delicate quality. Increasing the bounty of riches is contemporary master Steve Reich; the Ensemble plays his homage-variations on Radiohead’s music. Rounding out the evening is a world premiere by Victoria composer Christopher Butterfield.

THE MUSIC OF JONNY GREENWOOD, STEVE REICH, OLIVIER MESSIAEN & CHRISTOPHER BUTTERFIELD

TURNING POINT ENSEMBLE (CANADA) PRESENTED WITH

TURNING POINT ENSEMBLE

Mesmerizing, hypnotic and wildly inventive, this is a show that redraws boundaries. Whether you’re a Radiohead fan, a contemporary classical fan or just an adventurous listener, TPE’s musical mélange is a thrilling experience. There are few shows that can boast a variety, a virtuosity, a brilliance like this. For 15 years, Turning Point Ensemble has been electrifying audiences with its performances. Composed of 16 musicians and conductor Owen Underhill, the group works to promote music from this and the last century and unite different art forms.

The Turning Point players, under Owen Underhill’s direction, are magnificent.”—THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT CONDUCTOR Owen Underhill SOLO ONDES MARTENOT Estelle Lemire, Geneviève SUPPORTED BY Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council, City of Vancouver

Grenier

JA N 19–20 8PM NO R M A N R OT HST EI N TH EATR E

$34 100 mins, plus intermission

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Lookout is a warning and a challenge: a little thing that leaves big questions behind… an intimate encounter that manages to take in the entire city.” —WHATSONSTAGE

LOOKOUT

ANDY FIELD (ENGLAND)

Here is a work that bridges generations and offers a look into our city’s future through the people who will inherit it. Participants arrive at a location with a wide city vista. There, they listen to recordings from local children speaking as their older selves. The kids describe the future as they imagine it; they then arrive to talk with their listener in person. The cycle repeats itself, with the speakers casting further into the future each time. In the end, listeners are left alone to gaze and contemplate. What will happen to Vancouver? What does the future hold for our youth? These questions have taken on a particular urgency in our time of rampant construction and looming environmental crisis. In this game of make-believe, the future is handed to those who will own it, and it lies over our city in the most beautiful form it can take: that of a child’s rich imagination. Fascinated with the possibilities of social encounter, British artist Andy Field creates works that bring strangers together in various locations. Working both in and outside of the theatre setting, he uses imagination to explore the dynamics of people and place. SUPPORTED BY

SEEDLINGS FOUNDATION

CREATOR Andy Field PRODUCER Beckie Darlington COMPOSER, SOUND DESIGNER Tom Parkinson DRAMATURG Sibylle Peters COMMISSIONED BY The Arches, Unicorn Theatre

JAN 2 0 –2 1 1 1 : 3 0 AM , 12 :15 PM , 1PM , 2 :30PM, 3:15 PM, 4P M V E NU E TO B E A N NO U NCED

Free. Not eligible on the PuSh Pass. 30 mins, no intermission Very limited capacity. Advance booking is strongly recommended.

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SONGS OF INSURRECTION

FREDERIC RZEWSKI (USA) & DAAN VANDEWALLE (BELGIUM) PRESENTED WITH

MUSIC ON MAIN From composer Frederic Rzewski and pianist Daan Vandewalle comes this rousing tribute to political struggle—and not a moment too soon! Too often, emotional uplift and political subversion walk separate paths in the arts; but in these days of resurgent authoritarianism, the impulses need to be united. On that score, Rzewski’s composition is perfect: it lifts the spirit without letting it off the hook. Protest songs from around the world are gathered together, as if at one large rally. They include “Soldiers of the Moor,” written by concentration camp inmates, and the beautiful American civil rights anthem “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around.” Rzewski and Vandewalle take these works as points of departure, transforming them without for a moment betraying their moral or historical meaning. Beneath the eclecticism, the improvisation and the avant-garde elements remains the core, grounding impulse of each of these works: to drive the struggle of the powerless against the powerful. Composer Frederic Rzewski has been writing music since the 1950s; his works for piano, voice and more have won him great acclaim. Belgian pianist Daan Vandewalle is one of the leading interpreters of 20th and 21st century piano music. The two artists have been collaborating for over 20 years. If the political movement that saw its birth after [Trump’s election] is in the market for a composer to set the score for its many marches, Frederic Rzewski might be a strong contender for the role.”—ARTBURST

COMPOSER Frederic Rzewski PIANIST Daan Vandewalle COMMISSIONED BY Concertgebouw Bruges, Gmem Marseille, Music on Main, Tivoli Vre-

denburg Utrecht

JAN 2 2 – 2 3 8P M TH E FOX CABAR ET

$29 70 mins, no intermission

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[A] rare triumph of theatrical ingenuity and human compassion… thrilling entertainment… There’s a touch of genius about these young artists.” —THE WEST AUSTRALIAN

IT’S DARK OUTSIDE

THE LAST GREAT HUNT (AUSTRALIA) PRESENTED WITH

VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL

This all-family show takes the Western genre and turns it on its head, recasting the lone hero as a lonely old man with dementia. The tale begins with his foray into the wilderness—a place where he seems destined to wander. As the sun starts to set, a new world emerges, and our hero finds himself caught up in a frightening scenario. Danger lurks, and as the light fades things get stranger and stranger. The tools of the trade here are puppetry, animation, shadow play and live performance, and there’s joy in seeing how much the show’s creators can do with what they have. They know that with resourcefulness and the power of suggestion, a complete world can be evoked. In that world a man fights off the dying of the light, and his struggle is turned into the stuff of adventure and redemption. This is a deeply moving work, and a sheer delight for the senses. Tim Watts with collaborators at The Last Great Hunt are the team behind The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer, which thrilled PuSh audiences in 2015. Hailing from Australia, the three have won numerous awards in their home country and acclaim for their work on the international stage.

CREATORS Arielle Gray, Chris Isaacs and Tim Watts PERFORMERS Daniel Buckle, Sarah Nelson, Rachel Arianne Ogle COMPOSER Rachael Dease PRODUCER The Last Great Hunt REPRESENTATION Elsie Management – Laura Colby, director ORIGINALLY COMMISSIONED BY Perth Theatre Company

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45 mins, no intermission

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BLIND CINEMA

BRITT HATZIUS (ENGLAND/GERMANY)

[A] fascinating meditation on observation, entertainment and shared experience. And her performers are exceptional.”—THE PORTLAND MERCURY

PHOTO: MARIA BARANOVA

Here’s a chance to see the world through someone else’s eyes. Audience members are seated in a theatre, with a row of children behind them, and together they experience a movie. The film has no dialogue and audience members are blindfolded, with the children describing to them in whispers. It’s a mischievous experiment in storytelling, reversing the traditional power dynamic between adults and children. In this collaboration between adult and child, there are layers of mediation the film moves through; it transforms as it passes from one mind to another. Sight, then speech, then hearing—with each step something is lost. But much more is gained: a bond of trust, the chance to join forces across an age gap, a great widening of the imagination. At the movies, we watch with the lights off. Here the darkness is doubled, and so is the power to dream—to use the silver screen within.

CREATOR, DIRECTOR Britt Hatzius DRAMATURG Ant Hampton FILM Britt Hatzius, Simon Arazi, Maxim, Boris Belay TECHNICAL DESIGNER, PRODUCTION ASSISTANT Maria Koerkel, Geert Aertsen CHILDREN’S WORKSHOP COORDINATOR Robert Leveroos CREATIVE PRODUCER Katja Timmerberg CO-PRODUCED BY Vooruit, Beursschouwburg, Bronks Theatre

JAN 24– 2 5 , 3 1– FEB 1 5P M VAN CITY TH EATR E

$28 40 mins, no intermission

Creator Britt Hatzius is a true radical: through photography, film, video and performance she seeks to fundamentally alter our relationship with media. In pursuit of this goal she has worked in the realms of theatre, music, visual arts and more. SEEDLINGS FOUNDATION VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

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MEETING

ANTONY HAMILTON & ALISDAIR MACINDOE

(AUSTRALIA)

In this riveting display, two performers share the stage with 64 robotic percussion instruments. The gadgets chime, tap, click and shuffle while the humans move and speak in response. As they lock and shift, the dancers seem driven, almost desperate: the rhythm controls them. This is a triumph of engineering and a work of precision; the design of the instruments, the rigour of the dances and the music itself show a delicate, almost precarious intricacy. For all the mechanical sophistication on display, however, there’s something low-tech, even artisanal, about this show. The instruments are programmed down to the last hit, but their sounds are so palpably organic they can almost be felt as well as heard. Joining touch, sound and motion, MEETING calls on our primal impulses even as it dazzles with its sophistication. Striking as an art concept and impressive as a logistical feat, this is, above all, a spectacular act of showmanship. Performers and co-creators Antony Hamilton and Alisdair Macindoe hail from Australia. MEETING is their first collaboration, and they have received multiple awards, including New York’s 2017 Bessie Award for outstanding production, in honour of its complex choreography and dynamic sound design.

CHOREOGRAPHER, DIRECTOR, PERFORMER Antony Hamilton INSTRUMENT DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION, COMPOSER, PERFORMER Alisdair Macindoe LIGHTING DESIGNER Bosco Shaw COSTUME DESIGNER Paula Levis PRODUCER Freya Waterson

JAN 24– 2 7 7P M P ER FOR MAN CE WOR KS

$39 POST-SHOW TALKBACK: JAN 25

50 mins, no intermission

PHOTO: GREGORY LORENZUTTI

[A]n extraordinary work… Beyond what’s visible and audible, MEETING poses bigger questions about human agency and free will.” —TORONTO STAR

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[T]aking conventional notions of theatre and its audience and shoving them back in our faces, with a few expletives thrown in.” —THE IRISH INDEPENDENT

I’M NOT HERE

THEATRECLUB (IRELAND) PRESENTED WITH

THE CULTCH

Doireann has a show for us. She’s going to sing a couple of songs, read a couple of poems and maybe tell a few stories. She’s going to be doing a duet with her brother, who’s been dead for 3,104 days. That’s how long she’s been thinking about this show, while everyone has been asking, “Are you alright?” Something’s about to happen here—something dark and scary, perhaps, or maybe something that will lift you up, give you some relief, answer some questions you may have about love and life and death. Composed with passion, anger and care, this one-woman show is a transformative journey through the soundscapes of grief. I’m Not Here is many things: it’s a ceremony, a rite, a vigil. Creator and performer Doireann Coady will lead you into darkness and back out again, and it’s an experience you won’t soon forget. This is my brother. He’s not here. Doireann Coady wears many hats—stage designer, actor, director and now, with this new piece, playwright. A fearsome new talent in the Irish arts scene, she is a member of THEATREclub, a collective dedicated to social change through explosive drama. WRITER, DIRECTOR, DESIGNER Doireann Coady COMPOSER Rob Moloney DRAMATURG Gary Keegan ASSOCIATE ARTIST Grace Dyas LIGHTING DESIGNER Eoin Winning ASSOCIATE COSTUME, SET DESIGNER Sarah Foley ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR Barry John O’Connor CHOREOGRAPHER Ruairi O’Donovan PRODUCTION MANAGER Seán Dennehy PHOTOGRAPHER, VIDEOGRAPHER Dorje de Burgh PRODUCER Joanna Crawley SUPPORTED BY The Arts Council, Culture Ireland, Project Arts Centre

JA N 24–27 8PM JA N 28 2PM H I STO R I C T H EAT R E , T H E CU LTCH

From $22 POST-SHOW TALKBACK: JAN 25

70 mins, no intermission

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[E]xtraordinary storytelling, marked not by sadness but awe… delivers on its promise to stay with you long after you leave.”—THE GUARDIAN

ENDINGS

TAMARA SAULWICK (AUSTRALIA) Amidst a vast black space, a light traces the outlines of objects and bodies: an old-style record player, a reel-to-reel recorder, a singer and his guitar, and creator and performer Tamara Saulwick. Under these illuminations a sort of conjuring is being conducted; voices are heard as if from the beyond. In fact, they come from various interview recordings, and they’re cut together in a montage that serves as an homage to loved ones passed. SUPPORTED BY

ROUNDHOUSE COMMUNITY ARTS & RECREATION CENTRE

With candour and warmth, these recorded voices speak about mortality and loss. To hear them is a deeply touching experience, not least because of the artistry with which they’re brought to the stage. Cut, warped and refracted through old technologies, the recordings form a richly textured sound-world from which myriad stories emerge. In this digital age, the analog elements are especially resonant, with voices emerging from the hiss and crackle of vinyl. It’s the material and the intangible, meeting in the shared space of live performance.  Tamara Saulwick has been exploring the boundaries of live performance for over two decades. Using both digital and analog formats, she and her collaborators mine the connections between human interaction and audio technology. Her work has toured internationally and been adapted for radio. CREATOR, WRITER, PERFORMER Tamara Saulwick SONGWRITER, PERFORMER Paddy Mann SOUND DESIGNER, COMPOSER, PERFORMER Peter Knight SET, LIGHTING DESIGNER Ben Cobham/bluebottle DRAMATURG Margaret Trail COSTUME DESIGNER Harriet Oxley TECHNICAL MANAGER, AUDIO ENGINEER, OPERATOR Nick Roux PRODUCTION MANAGER Emily O’Brien PRODUCER Freya Waterson

JA N 26–27 7 PM JA N 27 –28 2PM R O U N DHO U SE CO M M U N I T Y ARTS & R ECR EAT I O N CENT R E

$39 POST-SHOW TALKBACK: JAN 27, 7PM

55 mins, no intermission

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PHOTO: ROS KAVANAGH

[H]as all the makings of a modern classic. Never to be missed.” —THE ARTS REVIEW

Emmet Kirwan’s smash-hit play updates old-fashioned Irish eloquence for the days of DJ sets and drug binges, tracksuits and trash-talk. It tells the story of two estranged brothers from Dublin: Jason is a wouldbe DJ, Daniel a washed-up junkie. After years apart, they meet during a long, wild weekend. Their tentative bonding is set against the backdrop of memories: of the music they raved to, the drugs they thrilled to and the city of their birth and, perhaps, rebirth. Kirwan and co-star Ian Lloyd Anderson play multiple roles throughout, and mix spoken word slang-talk with naturalistic dialogue and poetic reflections. It’s speech as music—a feast for the ears. What Dublin Oldschool offers in the end is a gesture towards love and hope—a wish that they might triumph over addiction and the passage of time. Along the way, the work is a very Irish immersion in the joys of language. A star of both stage and screen, Emmet Kirwan is the force behind the hit TV series Sarah and Steve. An actor of great versatility, he has performed in works ranging from Rent to The Threepenny Opera. Dublin Oldschool marks his debut as a playwright.

DUBLIN OLDSCHOOL

EMMET KIRWAN (IRELAND) PRESENTED WITH

THE CULTCH PLAYWRIGHT, PERFORMER Emmet Kirwan DIRECTOR Phillip McMahon PERFORMER Ian Lloyd Anderson LIGHTING DESIGNER Sarah Jane Shiels COMPOSER, SOUND DESIGNER Ivan Birthistle PRODUCER Project Arts Centre

JA N 30–F EB 3 8P M F EB 3 2PM H I STO R I C T H EATR E , TH E CULTCH

From $22 POST-SHOW TALKBACK: JAN 31

70 mins, no intermission

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FOXCONN FREQUENCY

(NO. 3):

FOR THREE VISIBLY CHINESE PERFORMERS

HONG KONG EXILE (CANADA)

[T]he multimedia mavericks at Hong Kong Exile create distinctive sensory worlds… an ensemble that defies easy categorization.” —THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT

Wildly eccentric and marked by an infectious sense of play, this is a deconstructive take on piano pedagogy, manufacturing ethics, and the relationship between labour and sound. That’s right, this is not your average music performance—local upstarts Hong Kong Exile are known for their crazy creativity, and with this show they’ve outdone themselves. Three performers work with seven video outputs, five speakers and 3D printers, performing piano-keyboard drills in which they play with and against each other. There’s so much to enjoy here: the multimedia excess, the virtuosity of famed pianist Vicky Chow and, most refreshingly, the unabashed intellectualism of the project. This is avant-garde radicalism that plays like a video game: dynamic, exuberant and visually arresting. Vancouver-based Hong Kong Exile is an interdisciplinary arts company, and the PuSh Festival’s 2017-18 Artists-in-Residence, led by Milton Lim, Natalie Tin Yin Gan and Remy Siu. Their unconventional takes on new music, theatre and dance have earned them acclaim throughout North America.

PROJECT LEAD Remy Siu CREATORS Hong Kong Exile (Natalie Tin Yin Gan, Milton Lim , Remy Siu), with Vicky Chow, Paul Paroczai, Matt Poon PERFORMERS Natalie Tin Yin Gan, Vicky Chow TEXT Xu Lizhi (许立志) (1990-2014) SUPPORTED BY Canada Council for the Arts, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity COMMISSIONED BY PuSh International Performing Arts Festival

JAN 3 1– FEB 2 7P M PER FOR MAN CE WOR KS

$39 POST-SHOW TALKBACK: FEB 1

Approx. 80 mins, no intermission

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Towering artists and socio-political provocateurs.” —THE GLOBE AND MAIL

KING ARTHUR’S NIGHT

NEWORLD THEATRE (CANADA) PRESENTED WITH

UBC THEATRE AND FILM

Here is theatre at its most transformative. This production is a work of radical upheaval, in which the King Arthur legend is made fresh for our eyes. Merlin, Lancelot, Guinevere—they’re all present in this tale of love, honour and war. New to us are the live band, the 20-person choir and, most of all, the radically inclusive cast. The players in this drama, all professional, include people whose life experience includes Down syndrome. They stand on stage defined by their extraordinary perspectives. Playwrights and performers Niall McNeil, playing our eponymous hero, and Marcus Youssef have collaborated to write a show that will defy expectations and, hopefully, create new ones. Their art is original and personal, but it feels as necessary as the classic literature it draws on: they want to change theatre, and they want theatre to change us. Vancouver’s beloved Neworld Theatre has been wowing audiences for years with their boundarybreaking theatre. Niall McNeil performs locally and nationally to great acclaim, and sometimes teaches acting at the Down Syndrome Research Foundation. Together, with co-producer Leaky Heaven Circus, they scored at the PuSh Festival in 2011 with Peter Panties.

WRITERS Niall McNeil, Marcus Youssef COMPOSER Veda Hille DIRECTOR James Long PERFORMERS Amber Funk-Barton, Andrew

Gordon, Nathan Kay, Tiffany King, Billy Marchenski, Niall McNeil, Lucy McNulty, Kerry Sandomirsky, Matthew Tom-Wing, Marcus Youssef MUSICIANS Veda Hille, Skye Brooks CHOREOGRAPHER Josh Martin COSTUME DESIGNER Christine Reimer SET, PROP DESIGNER Shizuka Kai LIGHTING DESIGNER Kyla Gardiner SOUND DESIGNER Nancy Tam VIDEO DESIGNER Parjad Sharifi STAGE MANAGER Yvonne Yip COMMISSIONED BY Luminato CO-PRODUCED BY National Arts Centre MAJOR SUPPORT FROM Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity, Stratford Festival, Bard On the Beach Shakespeare Festival, Shadbolt Centre for the Arts COMMUNITY PARTNER Down Syndrome Research Foundation of BC SUPPORTED BY Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council, Province of British Columbia, Vancouver Foundation, individual and private donors

JA N 31–F EB 3 7 :30 P M F EB 4 2PM F R EDER I C WO O D TH EATR E

$39 POST-SHOW TALKBACK: FEB 1

80 mins, no intermission

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BIRDMAN: LIVE

ANTONIO SÁNCHEZ (USA/MEXICO) PRESENTED WITH

THE BLUESHORE FINANCIAL CENTRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS & VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL [A] groundbreaking soundtrack powered almost entirely by raw, naked drum solos.” —LOS ANGELES TIMES

It’s a night at the movies like no other. This is a very special event with Antonio Sánchez, one of the world’s greatest living drummers, accompanying the Oscar-winning film Birdman live. It’s peak virtuosity: an epic score for an epic film, performed in the flesh by its master creator. Sánchez’ tour-de-force performance, in all its percussive glory, has received applause across the globe: from L.A. to Sydney, São Paulo to Mexico City. Most of Alejandro González Iñárritu’s film unfolds as if in one continuous cinematic shot, and Sánchez’ score is the perfect complement—it rolls along to the action with a nervous energy, stretching out like a drumroll for the world’s longest high-wire act. The screen belongs to stars Michael Keaton, Edward Norton and Emma Stone, but Sánchez owns the stage, rolling out his beats in perfect time to the movie. Broadway meets Hollywood, as cinema, theatre and music are joined in spectacular rhythm. In the course of his career, drummer Antonio Sánchez has recorded five studio albums, in addition to playing with Pat Metheny and Chick Corea, among others. He is considered one of the finest percussionists working today. Birdman is his debut as a film composer.

COMPOSER, PERFORMER Antonio Sánchez

FEB 1 8P M VOGUE TH EATR E

From $48. Eligible on the PuSh Pass with $12 surcharge. Not eligible on the Youth Pass. 120 mins, no intermission Children 14 years and under must be accompanied by an adult due to the film’s classification.

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In choreographer Daina Ashbee’s fiercely provocative feminist work, dancer Paige Culley coils and uncoils as she works her way around the stage. In her nudity, she is both vulnerable and powerful. The exertions have the look of ritual, and that’s just what Ashbee has in mind. She’s created a meditation on her own menstrual cycle—an explosive mixture of the deeply personal and the fiercely political.

POUR

DAINA ASHBEE (CANADA)

PRESENTED WITH

THE DANCE CENTRE

Ashbee takes the body as her material for metaphor, and her work is one of startling dynamics. At one moment there is rhythm and repetition, at another complete darkness, and the line between beauty and agony becomes blurred. For all her obsession with pain, however, the creator takes unflinching pride in the female body. Haunting, visceral and unsparing, this is a work that calls not so much for spectators as for witnesses. An artist of Cree, Métis and European ancestry, Daina Ashbee received her dance education and training in Vancouver. Now based in Montreal, she is one of our province’s most distinguished young exports, having recently been invited to stage her work at the Venice Biennale.

Bold and exceptional… enlivens sensations and provides a moment to recognize one another’s humanity.” —THE DANCE CURRENT CREATOR, DIRECTOR, CHOREOGRAPHER, SCENOGRAPHER Daina Ashbee PERFORMER Paige Culley LIGHTING DESIGNER Hugo Dalphond ORIGINAL SOUNDSCAPE DESIGNER Jean-Francois Blouin UNDERSTUDY Émilie Morin OUTSIDE EYES  Andrew Tay, Angelique Wilkie AGENT Sarah Rogers PRODUCTION DIRECTOR André Houle, Centre de Création O Vertigo ADMINISTRATION Valerie Buddle, Centre de Création O Vertigo COMMUNICATION Christel Durand, Centre de Création O Vertigo COORDINATION Gaétan Paré, Centre de Création O Vertigo SUPPORTED BY Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Quebec, La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines DAINA ASHBEE is a Centre de

Création O Vertigo associate artist

F EB 1–3 8PM SCOT I A B A N K DAN CE CEN TR E

$36 POST-SHOW TALKBACK: FEB 2

60 mins, no intermission

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THE ETERNAL TIDES LEGEND LIN DANCE THEATER (TAIWAN)

PRESENTED WITH

TAIWANFEST

PHOTO: CHIN CHENG-TSAI. CALLIGRAPHY: LIN LEE-CHEN

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The Eternal Tides is a momentous occasion—an adventure in beauty unlike anything seen before on the PuSh stage. In her Canadian debut, choreographer Lin Lee-Chen folds age-old rituals, customs and ceremonial rites into her radical vision, and the result is epic. The show is, above all, a tribute to water: the ocean that encloses the island of Taiwan, and the cycle of renewal it is part of. Using song, dance and striking stage design, Lin evokes the mythology of these elements. You might call it spiritual environmentalism—a tribute to nature as it was, and might be again. With its large ensemble of dancers and musicians, the show has an intoxicating power. Lin carries us through a procession of vivid tableaux; the imagery evokes myth and human reality in equal measure. The costumes and sets are stunning: fabric and silver grass, red-tinted figures and shocks of white, composed with flair and delicacy. At once austere and sensual, intimate and monumental, this show will leave you awestruck. Acclaimed as a “genius choreographer in Taiwan’s dance scene,” Lin Lee-Chen was named one of the most significant choreographers in the world by ARTE. Since its founding in 1995, her company, Legend Lin Dance Theatre, has performed internationally to rave reviews.

Marvelous… Lin may be a choreographer, but she has a master painter’s eye for image and detail, and she certainly paints some starkly beautiful pictures.” —SEEING DANCE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, CHOREOGRAPHER Lin Lee-Chen PRODUCER Chen Nien-Chou VISUAL DESIGNER Lin Lee-Chen LIGHTING DESIGNER, TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Cheng Kuo-Yang COSTUME DESIGNER Wang Chia-Hui STAGE MANAGER Cheng Tzu-Wei SINGER Hsu Ching-Chwen DRUMMERS Ho Yi-Ming, Hsiao Ying REHEARSAL MASTER Tsay Bi-Jue ASSOCIATE REHEARSAL MASTER Cheng Chieh-Wen PRINCIPAL DANCERS Wu MingChing, Wang Chien-Yi, Cheng Chieh-Wen, Chen Chi-Shun FEMALE DANCERS Feng Kai-Lun, Chan Hui-Fang, Cheng Yu-Shu, Chen Liang-Yun, Huang Yu-Wen, Yen Wei-Yi MALE DANCERS Huang Yao-Ting, Ping YenNing, Chen Hung-Chi, Guo Ding-Wei, Li Gen-Ang, Lee Chung-Hei, Hsiao Ching-Hsin PHOTOGRAPHER Chin Cheng-Tsai COMMISSIONED BY National Performing Arts Center – National Theater & Concert Hall, Taiwan, R.O.C.

F E B 3 8P M Q UEEN ELIZABETH TH EATR E

From $39. Eligible on the PuSh Pass with $30 surcharge.

110 mins, no intermission

SUPPORTED BY

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Vitals

Rosamund Small

Vitals is a solo show presenting the story of Anna, a Toronto paramedic. Based on real interviews with local EMS workers, Vitals weaves together a tapestry of affecting, poignant and disturbing emergency stories and explores their impact on the responders. 978-1-927922-24-8, $15.95

With Love and a Major Organ Julia Lederer

Poetic, quirky and deeply original, With Love and a Major Organ uses magic realism to reinvent the modern romantic comedy. 978-1-927922-22-4, $15.95

REPRESENTED BY THE CANADIAN MANDA GROUP DISTRIBUTED BY UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO PRESS

www.jgshillingford.com

In Care

Ga Ting (Family)

In Care is about a mother’s quest to get her children out of foster care. Janice is trapped in the system like a butterfly in a spider’s web: the more she struggles to get out, the more stuck she gets.

Ga Ting is about an immigrant Chinese couple trying to come to terms with the suicide of their son, Kevin. When they invite Kevin’s Caucasian boyfriend to dinner, the evening devolves into a fiery cultural and generational clash.

Kenneth T. Willliams

978-1927922-30-9, $15.95

Minh Ly

978-1927922-29-3, $15.95


TORONTO DANCE THEATRE HOUSE MIX A RETROSPECTIVE PROGRAM CELEBRATING 50 YEARS

FEBRUARY 23 & 24, 8PM VANCOUVER PLAYHOUSE DANCEHOUSE.CA S E A S O N PA R T N E R S

GUNTAR KRAVIS, PHOTO

DanceHouse / PuSh 5.875 x 5.085” / CMYK / 29 September 2017 Keith > rare design inc: 604 505 4100


ARTIST: JOSEPH KECKLER. PHOTO: M. SHARKEY STUDIO

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Club PuSh is all about cutting-edge performance with a less formal atmosphere. This is where we gather to let loose and catch a show alive with the experimental spirit.

No matter which venue you join us at, Club PuSh is your place to see shows that challenge, surprise and entertain. Come raise a glass and maybe an eyebrow!

New this year, Club PuSh has two homes: The Fox Cabaret and the Anvil Centre. Find us at The Fox Cabaret, where our weekend take-overs transform Main Street’s nightlife. Or, for the first time, check out Club PuSh at the Anvil Centre! We’re expanding beyond Vancouver’s city limits to New Westminster; Club PuSh awaits you at Metro Vancouver’s newest hotspot for live art.

PUSH FESTIVAL BAR The Fox Cabaret is where you can meet up with friends and colleagues. Get your night started, or wind down from a performance, with drinks, conversation and music by guest DJs. Open from 8PM until late on Club PuSh nights, in the Projection Room upstairs.


DICKIE BEAU: UNPLUGGED

DICKIE BEAU (ENGLAND)

JAN 19 9P M TH E FOX CABAR ET (19+)

PRESENTED WITH

ANVIL CENTRE

Versatile, vivacious and flamboyant, Dickie Beau is a drag artist extraordinaire, whose lip-synch playback performances have helped update the drag show tradition. A true innovator, he employs miming techniques and uses found sound to create hauntingly beautiful effects. This creative alchemy has made him a major force in contemporary theatre. Here the troubadour’s mask drops, and we get to know the real Dickie. Speaking in his own voice, he dishes on his artistic journey and lays bare his technique. Call it a one-man variety show.

JAN 2 0 8P M AN VI L CEN TR E

From $25 70 mins, no intermission PHOTO: COURTESY OF THE ARTIST

Discussing his love of drag, recorded sound and more, the virtuoso performer makes them shine anew. This evening of theatre is as enlightening as it is entertaining, with disquisitions on ancient Greek culture and the aesthetics of democracy, among other things. It’s a great survey of Beau’s work, sure to delight fans and make converts of the rest. Since emerging from London’s alternative drag scene, Dickie Beau has worked in live theatre, film and television, and wowed audiences across Europe and North America. SUPPORTED BY

TORREY PINES

CLYDE PETERSEN (USA)

Not for the square, the squeamish or the small-minded, this is a hilarious, whipsmart and altogether lovely show for everyone else. Trans filmmaker and musician Clyde Petersen presents his animated film Torrey Pines with a live score by Lori Goldston, Zach Burba, Jacob Jaffe and his own bad self. Featuring dumpster dives, a schizophrenic mother, a cross-country car odyssey and more, it’s a movie memoir like no other—as innovative and idiosyncratic as they come. Telling the story of his misgendered pre-teen years in SoCal and elsewhere across the States, Petersen uses stop-motion technique to brilliant effect. Coloured-in cutouts depict the landscape of early-90s America, and the director adds wonderfully vivid details: tigers come out of angry mouths, milk jets out of breasts and cigarette smoke rings take on the darkest shade of black. Featuring live sound effects by audio art wizard Susie Kozawa, this is a harrowing but soul-stirring ride.

The multitalented Clyde Peterson works with animation, installation, music and more. Based in Seattle, he travels frequently with his band Your Heart Breaks. PERFORMERS Zach Burba (drums), Lori Goldston (cello), Jacob Jaffe (guitar), Susie Kozawa (foley/soundscape), Clyde Petersen (bass) FUNDED BY the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Theater Project, WITH LEAD FUNDING FROM The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

JA N 2 0 9P M T H E FOX CABAR ET (19+)

$25 60 mins, no intermission

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HINKYPUNK

FAKEKNOT (CANADA)

Striking, subversive and gorgeous to behold, Ralph Escamillan’s dance spectacular has its creator decked out in “sequin skin”—a layer of shiny ornamentation that serves to mask and reveal all at once. The skin conceals identity but expresses intent: to create a walking, breathing signifier. Drag, ballroom and vogue are subcultures that have allowed queer men to express themselves through artifice, and they’re a key inspiration for Escamillan. The HINKYPUNK is a camp cipher for audiences to contemplate—a mystery figure of liberation. The beguiling figure performs on a pedestal—an object for our delight and our study. Everything is up for analysis in this show: the gaze, the body and the artifice with which we create ourselves. This is a sexy, stimulating work—an intellectual swoon. Experienced in various styles of dance and performance, Vancouver native Ralph Escamillan has worked his magic with Company 605, Wen Wei Dance, Disney, Janet Jackson and many others. CHOREOGRAPHER, PERFORMER Ralph Escamillan SOUND DESIGNER, COMPOSER Stefan Seslija LIGHTING, PROJECTION ARTIST Sammy Chien STAGE MANAGER, PROJECTION & LIGHTING OPERATOR Laine Butler COSTUME DESIGNER Sonja Muse DRAMATURG Justine Chambers CO-PRODUCED BY The Dance Centre, PuSh International Performing Arts Festival RESIDENCIES Boca del Lupo, Karma Teachers SUPPORTED BY Canada Council for the Arts

JA N 26 9PM TH E FOX CA B A R ET (19+)

$25 45 mins, no intermission

JOSEPH KECKLER

(USA)

PRESENTED WITH

ANVIL CENTRE Vocal virtuoso, charming raconteur, master prose stylist—Joseph Keckler is all the above and more. This artistically ambidextrous performer can boast so many talents it’s a wonder he’s so modest. Performing monologues and singing opera, torch and pop, he demonstrates a range of skills and a breadth of knowledge that might seem monumental if it weren’t put across with so much humble charm. Keckler’s tone is light and self-deprecating but never frivolous, and his vocal repertoire spans from lowbrow to highbrow without apology. His three-octave range puts him at the peaks of highbrow culture, but he moves to popular styles without missing a beat. Reflective and insightful, his writing draws on personal experience and a level of erudition that belies his age. Here is a renaissance man who wears his brilliance lightly; with a wink and a smile, he gently lifts the soul.

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New Yorker Joseph Keckler has risen to the top of his city’s performing arts scene, garnering awards, commissions and book deals along the way. JAN 2 6 8P M AN VI L CEN TR E JAN 2 7 9P M TH E FOX CABAR ET (19+)

From $25 75 mins, no intermission


DAUGHTER

QUIPTAKE & PANDEMIC THEATRE (CANADA) What are you willing to forgive? You’ll find yourself asking that question as you watch comedian Adam Lazarus’s harrowing yet hilarious show. Landing uncomfortably between autobiography and fiction, Daughter is the story of one man’s struggle with love, anger and what’s come to be known as toxic masculinity. As a new dad, Lazarus found himself facing all the usual challenges—and some that are, perhaps, unique to a particular type of man. He loved his daughter, and he tried to be gentle, to be kind, to be good with her… but somehow things went wrong. Looking back on his life, the comedian presents a story of rage, regret and reckoning that will both amuse and shock. Smart, incisive and sincerely remorseful, this is a performer who has learned his lesson—and earned the right to impart a few of his own. A dedicated artist and educator from Toronto, Adam Lazarus leads QuipTake, a theatre production, education and mentorship program with a focus on social justice issues. WRITER, PERFORMER Adam Lazarus CREATORS Adam Lazarus, Ann-Marie Kerr, Jivesh Parasram, Melissa D’Agostino DIRECTOR Ann-Marie Kerr LIGHTING DESIGNER Michelle Ramsay SOUND DESIGNER, COMPOSER Richard Feren PRODUCER Tom Arthur Davis PRODUCERS QuipTake and Pandemic Theatre SUPPORTED BY Canada’s National Arts Centre, Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts

F EB 1 10 :30PM T H E FOX CA B A R ET (1 9+)

$25 65 mins, no intermission

STILLS: COURTESY OF THE ARTIST

SPOKAOKE

ANNIE DORSEN (USA)

For this night of karaoke, Annie Dorsen has put together a selection of numbers like no other. There’s no Gloria Gaynor, no Queen or Taylor Swift. In their place are some other greats—artists who have gone down in history for their passion, their eloquence, their words. Spokaoke features Socrates, Muammar Gaddafi, Ronald Reagan and more. Their speeches have helped make the world as we know it, and on this occasion audiences do their own covers of them. Participants choose from a selection of over 90 classics: Socrates’ address to the court, Gaddafi’s UN tirade, Reagan’s exhortation to “tear down this wall.” To recite these golden oldies is to recognize them for what they are: pieces of popular art. Here’s a chance to pay tribute to some of the greatest hitmakers of all time; who needs Neil Diamond when you’ve got Sarah Palin?

A theatre, film and dance artist, Annie Dorsen has garnered multiple awards for her experimental work. She has toured extensively throughout Europe and the US. CREATOR Annie Dorsen SOUND DESIGNERS Vladimir Kudryatsev, Uli Ertl ASSISTANTS Lola Harney, Ari Rodriguez MANAGER Alexandra Rosenberg CO-PRODUCED BY steirischer herbst (Graz), Black Box Teater (Oslo)

F EB 2 9PM T H E FOX CA B AR ET (19+)

$25 Approx. 75 mins

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CRIS DERKSEN TRIO

CRIS DERKSEN (CANADA) PRESENTED WITH

ANVIL CENTRE

The music of cellist and composer Cris Derksen bears the mark of a true original. Classical, Indigenous and urban elements combine: you may get the propulsive pounding of powwow music, the head-nodding rhythms of a hip hop track, the metronome thumps of a techno mix, or all three in the same song. Her instruments are loop pedals, a drum machine and, of course, the cello: its melodies are plaintive but catchy, growing in number as the song progresses. These hooks repeat like echoes, part of a thick mixture yet distinct within it.

FEB 2 8P M AN VI L CEN TR E FEB 3 9P M TH E FOX CABAR ET (19+)

From $25 Approx. 60 mins

Hailing from North Tallcree chiefs on her father’s side and Mennonite homesteaders on her mother’s, Derksen mixes styles like a painter mixes colours. Haunting, often mournful, yet somehow always celebratory, her music speaks to her mixed heritage and answers our multicultural needs. It’s as if Derksen has voices inside her, speaking from our nation’s past and the global present all at once. In addition to her solo work, Juno-nominated Cris Derksen composes for dance, theatre and film. Past collaborators range from Kanye West to Naomi Klein.

RPM LIVE: 010

RPM RECORDS ARTISTS

(CANADA)

PRESENTED WITH

REVOLUTIONS PER MINUTE

RPM is leading a surge in Indigenous music. Headed by Jarrett Martineau, the music platform is bringing together artists from across Turtle Island and around the world, showing that there’s strength in numbers as well as in diversity. RPM Live is its new performance series, curated to showcase a broad range of styles and sensibilities. Shows in Toronto and New York have sold out and earned rave reviews; Vancouver’s next up, and this concert is surely one of the city’s musical events of the year.

The lineup features Jeremy Dutcher’s operatic vocals and Maliseet melodies; hip hop from Vancouver duo Mob Bounce; electronic beats and soundscapes from Exquisite Ghost and Ziibiwan; and a beautiful marriage of storytelling and song from Leanne Betasamosake Simpson. Each of these acts is dynamite on its own; together in one house, they tear the roof right off. Think of this as a killer mixtape brought to life onstage, with everything from rap to Western classical to electronica jostling with Indigenous idioms. Eclectic, electrifying and soulful, it’s an unforgettable night of music. F EB 3 10 :3 0 P M UN TI L LATE T H E FOX CABAR ET (19+)

$12 Free for PuSh Passholders, and ticket holders attending the 9PM Cris Derksen Trio performance.

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MAR 16 & 17 2018 / 7:30PM

Tanya Tagaq and Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory

Exquisite and unnerving, these two major artists combine experimental Inuit vocals and Greelandic mask dance to cast their traditional roots in a contemporary light.

SAT APR 28 2018 / 8PM

Circa: Opus Fourteen acrobats and a string quartet celebrate the music of Shostakovich in a groundbreaking performance “so remarkable as to defy description" (The Guardian)

CHAN CENTRE AT UBC

Tickets and info at chancentre.com


PUSH ASSEMBLY The PuSh Assembly is where we gather to share ideas and perspectives around the performing arts. The PuSh Assembly aims to foster community, reflect upon industry trends and stimulate dialogue among local and international practitioners and patrons. An open invitation to arts aficionados and industry insiders alike, the PuSh Assembly is divided into two separate series: Ideas Series and Industry Series. Hosted by Director of Programming Joyce Rosario.

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ASSEMBLY /

IDEAS SERIES

Ideas Series events are designed for all audience members who seek a deeper engagement with the artists and the work they create. Ideas Series events are open to the public. FREE • No registration required

PHOTO: CLAYTON WONG

CRITICAL IDEAS

OBJECT-ORIENTED PERFORMANCE PRACTICES

SFU’S INSTITUTE FOR PERFORMANCE STUDIES

Algorithmic and design-driven theatre; dances with machines; sound installations that foreground analog or digital technologies: human bodies are no longer the sole focus of attention in much contemporary performance. Artists discuss why, and how, such practices are part of a larger rethinking of our material world.

PRESENTED WITH

SUPPORTED BY

SFU SCHOOL FOR THE CONTEMPORARY ARTS & SFU WOODWARD’S CULTURAL PROGRAMS

Critical Ideas brings together artists, critics, scholars and audiences to discuss formal, social and ideological issues affecting performance practice and reception.

THEATRE & INSTITUTIONAL SPACES Whether as therapy in hospitals, community-building in prisons, outreach in schools, or entertainment at corporate events, performance has long been staged in institutional spaces. Likewise, experiences in those spaces can inform the creation and content of art. We discuss both interfaces in this panel. SPEAKERS Kathleen Greenfield, co-artistic director, SNAFU Dance Theatre & artistic associate, William Head on Stage Prison Theatre Company; Patrick Keating, theatre artist (Inside/Out); Gina Stockdale, theatre artist; Shannon Yee, theatre artist (Reassembled, Slightly Askew) MODERATOR Peter Dickinson, director, SFU’s Institute for Performance Studies

JA N 1 9 2 : 3 0 –4 P M DJAVA D M OWA FAG H I AN W O R LD A RT CENT R E , SF U’ S GOL D COR P C E NTR E FO R T H E A RTS

SPEAKERS Alex Lazaridis Ferguson & Steven Hill, co-artistic directors, Fight With a Stick Performance; Antony Hamilton, director, choreographer, performer (MEETING); Remy Siu, co-artistic director, Hong Kong Exile (Foxconn Frequency (no.3)) MODERATOR Peter Dickinson, director, SFU’s Institute for Performance Studies

JA N 26 2 :3 0 – 4P M DJAVAD MOWAFAGH IAN WOR LD ART CEN TR E , SF U ’S GOLDCOR P CEN TR E FOR TH E ARTS

CONTEMPORARY INDIGENOUS WOMEN’S PERFORMANCE This panel asks how Indigenous women artists from different territorial and disciplinary backgrounds approach issues as wide-ranging and complex as sexuality, sovereignty and spirituality. SPEAKERS Daina Ashbee, dance artist & choreographer (Pour); Cris Derksen, cellist & composer (Cris Derksen Trio); Wesley Enoch, director, Sydney Festival; Lindsay Lachance, dramaturg & PhD candidate in theatre studies, UBC; Michelle Olson, artistic director, Raven Spirit Dance MODERATOR Dara Culhane, professor of anthropology, SFU

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ASSEMBLY /

IDEAS SERIES

(CONT’D)

PHOTO: BÓGAR ADAME MENDOZA

PHOTO: STEPHEN DODD

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ARTIST TALKS ANNIE DORSEN

Lin Lee-Chen (The Eternal Tides) is a Taiwanese choreographer of international repute, four decades into her career. In this rare North American appearance, she discusses her practice and the influences of her homeland in her choreography.

F EB 1 1 0 : 3 0 AM –1 2 P M T H E PO ST AT 75 0

F EB 4 3:30–5P M SCOT I A B A N K DAN CE CEN TR E

ANTONIO SÁNCHEZ: BEHIND THE SOUND

PRESENTED WITH

THE BLUESHORE FINANCIAL CENTRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS & VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Famed percussionist Antonio Sánchez (BiRDMAN: LiVE) discusses his experience drumming and composing for film scores, the current state of jazz drumming, and more. F EB 1 1 –2 P M VA N C IT Y TH E ATR E

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LIN LEE-CHEN

Annie Dorsen (Spokaoke) works in a variety of forms: theatre, film, dance. Her art ranges from participatory pop-political to algorithmic performance. Dorsen discusses her body of work and collaborating with algorithms as creative partners.


ASSEMBLY /

INDUSTRY SERIES

PHOTO: CLAYTON WONG

PHOTO: SARAH RACE

PHOTO: SARAH RACE

PHOTO: JO SHIN

Industry Series events are geared to performing arts industry professionals and practitioners: whether they are artists, producers or presenters; emerging, mid-career or established. Industry Series events can be accessed with a PuSh Industry Pass or Industry Pack. Details on p. 76. PUSH INDUSTRY PASS $208 Early bird $236 Regular

PUSH INDUSTRY PACK $60

MORNING BRIEFING The essential session to get up to speed with the PuSh Assembly Industry Series. Meet our international delegations and visiting artists gathered for the final week of the Festival. JA N 3 1 1 0 : 3 0 AM –1 2 P M Q U E E N E L I Z AB E TH TH EAT R E , LOB BY

KEYNOTE: MARCUS YOUSSEF

BOMBAST! APOCALYPSE! CLICKBAIT! LIVE PERFORMANCE IN THE DAYS OF ENDLESS END DAYS

In a time when caustic triumphalism and endless cataclysm dominate our consciousness—and make very effective clickbait—Marcus Youssef’s keynote considers: collaboration and the productive value of conflict; why live performance might be an ideal place to work across perceptions of profound difference; generosity and the tyranny of status and competition; our responsibilities as stewards of a form that is simultaneously elitist and marginal; and our “industry” relationships and why they remain defined by rules bequeathed to us by the capitalist marketplace. Marcus Youssef (King Arthur’s Night) is artistic director of Neworld Theatre and one of PuSh’s most esteemed “alumni,” having had four works previously at the Festival. Youssef is a formidable writer, thinker and activist whose work investigates questions of difference and “otherness.” His work is political, but also unflinchingly human. JA N 31 1:3 0 – 2 :3 0 P M CB C STUDIO 70 0

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INDUSTRY SERIES

(CONT’D)

PHOTO: SARAH RACE

PHOTO: CLAYTON WONG

PHOTO: SARAH RACE

PITCH SESSION Eight selected applicants give a 10-minute pitch of their new and upcoming projects to an audience of producers, artistic directors, festival curators, presenters and programmers. JA N 3 1 3 – 5 P M C B C ST U D I O 70 0

PUSHOFF MIXER

PushOFF, produced by Theatre Replacement in partnership with Company 605, is an independent, curated platform of tour-ready projects and works in development by Canadian artists, taking place Feb 1 and 2. Join the producers and artists for an informal mixer at the end of PushOFF Day 1. PushOFF details at theatrereplacement.org/pushoff. FEB 1 5–6PM RUSSIAN HALL

PHOTO: CLAYTON WONG

SYMPOSIUM: FIELD NOTES PuSh’s curatorial team, industry delegates and visiting artists share provocations, inspirations and notes from the field. The morning focus is on the art and how performance is responding to the political moment. The afternoon focuses on industry trends, specifically arts policy, the art of exchange and reciprocity, and the role practitioners can play in progressive change. FEB 3 11AM–12:30PM, 1:30–3PM RUSSIAN HALL

INDUSTRY BRUNCH On the last day of the Festival, join fellow PuSh Assembly Industry participants for a farewell brunch. Light brunch buffet provided. FEB 4 11AM–2PM T H E P O ST AT 75 0

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WORKSHOPS

Register at pushfestival.ca/assembly. Bursaries available, please contact info@pushfestival.ca.

CHOREOGRAPHIC STUDY WITH ANTONY

PHOTO: GREGORY LORENZUTTI

HAMILTON & ALISDAIR MACINDOE (MEETING)

The relentless counting robotic percussion that governs movement to extreme levels of detail and accuracy in MEETING is the departing point for this master class in finely tuned physical and mental agency. Pairing Antony Hamilton’s choreography and Alisdair Macindoe’s performance and machine-making practice, this is a combined study of a self-devised choreographic methodology and its sonic counterpart. For professional dancers and advanced students. JA N 2 7 1 –4 P M ST U D I O 1 3 9 8

$50

SENSITIZER

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WITH BRITT

HATZIUS (BLIND CINEMA)

A workshop in sensitizing our senses. In guiding and being guided, it follows some of the premises of Blind Cinema in its collaborative effort in imagination, shared trust and how we might join in someone else’s experience of perceiving differently. Where and how do we meet, and what happens when we close off one sense and focus on another? Open to all ages; no prerequisites. JAN 2 8 1 1AM– 5P M TH E P OST AT 750

$50

POETRY IN MOTION WITH LIN

LEE-CHEN (THE ETERNAL TIDES)

In this master class, Lin Lee-Chen and her company dancers demonstrate Legend Lin Dance Theatre’s renowned body techniques, which embody the idea of poetry in motion. The exquisite choreographic language, developed over the past four decades, reflects and references traditional Taiwanese religious rituals and ceremonial rites. Dance experience recommended but not required. F E B 4 1 –3 P M SCOT I A B AN K DA NC E C E NT R E

$25

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2018 ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE The Artist-in-Residence program invites artists to be a part of the PuSh Festival in meaningful ways beyond presenting a finished work. Having itself been founded by two artists, PuSh has a deep interest in initiatives that help further the aspirations of our creative colleagues. In this instance, it’s an opportunity to expand their practice and research, and to engage with kindred spirits locally, nationally and internationally. Artistic and Executive Director Norman Armour says, “An important measure of a festival’s value is the quality of its relationship with a local milieu. Providing residency for artists we believe in is something we hold dear at PuSh. Acting as a meaningful—albeit somewhat fleeting—home for research, experimentation and reflection, the Artist-in-Residence program is our way of striving to remain relevant and connected to the inspiring lights around us.”

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Hong Kong Exile is a performance collective founded by Natalie Tin Yin Gan, Milton Lim and Remy Siu. Their work rigourously investigates the possibilities of interdisciplinary collaboration and provokes discourse and new perspectives. At the forefront of their practice is exploration of cultural politics in an era of globalization and inclusion of underrepresented experiences and identities. We welcome Hong Kong Exile back as Artists-in-Residence for the final year of a twoyear term. They have developed a robust body of work for a relatively young company, and we are pleased to be part of this exciting phase of their development. Last year, we presented the company at Club PuSh and handed them the reigns of the PuSh Youth Program. For 2018, we present the world premiere of Foxconn Frequency (no. 3) and have Natalie back to lead the PuSh Youth Program.


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To round out your PuSh Festival experience, we offer two film pairings and a performance that is itself a film paired with live theatre: a documentary provocation, a lyrical portrait, and a playful fusion of the political, the personal and the historical. Here, in our first-time partnership with VIFF, the darkened cinema mirrors the darkened theatre in illuminating and surprising ways.

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THE MAKING OF JUSTICE

SARAH VANHEE (BELGIUM/THE NETHERLANDS), 2017, 60 MINS

Seven men, each of them in jail for murder. We hear them speak, but their faces are concealed with blurry focus. In this chilling and provocative documentary the convicts work with director Sarah Vanhee to plot a crime film. Bringing their own experiences to the table, they present a connection to violence that no fiction film can claim. Obscured by the camera, they appear as living men but also as eerie abstractions—ideas made flesh. In Dutch with English subtitles. Paired with Inside/Out. JAN 16 6 :3 0 P M VAN CITY TH EATR E

$13. Not eligible on the PuSh Pass. $2 VIFF annual membership required. PHOTO: COURTESY OF THE ARTIST

THE WALKERS

SINGING CHEN (TAIWAN), 2014, 123 MINS

Dance choreographer Lin Lee-Chen creates brilliant works of movement and colour; in this documentary portrait, director Singing Chen presents a style to match her subject. Legend Lin Dance Theatre was founded in 1995, and has since conquered the world of contemporary dance. Portraying Lin and her artistic endeavours, the film employs a visual lyricism that evokes the master’s grace as much as it documents it. The Walkers is a fitting tribute and a great work on its own. In Mandarin with English subtitles. Paired with The Eternal Tides. JA N 23 6 : 3 0 P M VA N C IT Y TH E ATR E

$13. Not eligible on the PuSh Pass. $2 VIFF annual membership required. PHOTO: COURTESY OF THE ARTIST

HISTORY HISTORY HISTORY

DEBORAH PEARSON (ENGLAND)

At the centre of Deborah Pearson’s show is a Soviet-sponsored sports comedy. Released in the 1950s, it became tied to a political uprising that made a mark on world history. Using the film as material, Pearson creates a live documentary onstage. Her words form a counterpoint to the movie, fusing the political, the historical and the achingly personal. Riveting, haunting and ultimately inspiring, this live performance is a wonder to behold. JA N 3 0 6 :3 0 P M VA N CITY TH EATR E

$25 $2 VIFF annual membership required. 90 mins, no intermission CREATOR, PERFORMER Deborah Pearson DRAMATURG Daniel Kitson OUTSIDE EYE Tania El Khoury, Laura Dannequi COMMISSIONED BY House on Fire with Theatre Garonne (Toulouse), Bit Teatergarasjen (Bergen) DEVELOPMENT SUPPORTED BY National Theatre Studio PHOTO: PAUL BLAKEMORE

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Are you 16 to 24 years old and interested in what the PuSh Festival has to offer, or know someone who is? The PuSh Youth Program ushers young people through the rich world of the performing arts by making it accessible, engaging and entertaining. Whether you’re cautiously curious or an emerging pro, PuSh has an adventure waiting for you. Visit pushfestival.ca/youth for details, or contact Youth Program Coordinator Natalie Tin Yin Gan at youth@pushfestival.ca.

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Dive into the shows with your Youth Four-Show Pass, which allows you to book into four performances of your choice for only $20. Book online to guarantee yourself a ticket to your top Festival picks. There’s never been a better—or cheaper—way to sample the PuSh Festival! Details on p. 76.

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If you can’t commit to a Youth Four-Show Pass, you can take your chances at the door. Line up at the venue up to one hour before showtime to buy very limited $5 rush tickets. Details on p. 76.

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The Youth Assembly is a one-day performing arts conference by and for young people. Whether you’re curious or passionate about pursuing careers in the performing arts, you can explore various areas of interest through workshops, presentations and conversation. This is your chance to share ideas, network and build community with fellow emerging arts pros. JA N 20 12 :3 0 P M– 5:3 0 P M R O U N DHOUS E COM MUN ITY ARTS & R ECR EATION CEN TR E

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YOUTH ACADEMY A unique opportunity for a small group of young arts lovers, the Youth Academy is a platform to experience, examine and engage in the professional performing arts community. Like a book club for live art, the Academy meets on a bi-weekly basis leading up to and during the PuSh Festival to attend shows and participate in workshops and discussions. Free. Admission by application only.


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ACCESSIBLE PUSH The PuSh Festival strives to be an inclusive place for all. We seek to reduce or eliminate physical, social and financial barriers so that everyone has a chance to experience the performing arts. At the core of the PuSh Festival’s values is providing transformative performing arts experiences and bringing the live performing arts to as many audiences as possible. Performance details for specific initiatives will be announced at pushfestival.ca/access. Visit us online, or contact Accessible PuSh Coordinator Anika Vervecken at access@pushfestival.ca, for more information or to arrange accessibility accommodations.

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETATION & CAPTIONS At certain performances, professional interpreters provide live ASL translation or captions for patrons who are Deaf, deaf or hard of hearing.

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RELAXED PERFORMANCES Select performances are adapted to welcome patrons who might benefit from a more relaxed theatre environment, including—but not limited to—people on the autism spectrum, with sensory and communication disorders, or learning disabilities. There is a relaxed attitude towards noise and movement made by the audience, and adaptations are made to light and sound effects.

SUPPORT PERSONS & SIGHTED GUIDES Support persons who accompany patrons with disabilities requiring assistance to attend a show are eligible to receive a complimentary ticket. The PuSh Festival participates in Easter Seals Canada’s Access 2 program; it is recommended that patrons who need to be accompanied by a support person have an Access 2 card. Specially trained PuSh volunteers are available to assist blind and partially sighted patrons, and others who require assistance, to attend shows, meeting them at nearby public transit stops and guiding them to and from venues.

VOCALEYE DESCRIBED AUDIO For patrons who are blind or have low vision, live audio description is available at select performances. This specialized service describes the visual elements of a live show in real time.

ACCESSIBILITY VENUE AUDITS Detailed audits are conducted for the Festival venues, providing technical specifications about a range of accessibility considerations.

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JOIN OUR SUPPORTERS Every year, the PuSh Festival raises $2 million to bring the world’s live performing arts to Vancouver. One-third of that revenue comes from people like you. You make the PuSh Festival possible. Your donation is an investment in Vancouver’s vibrant arts scene. Together, we are building a city with a pulse. Tens of thousands of Vancouverites connect with new ideas and surprising conversations after experiencing the original and groundbreaking work presented at the PuSh Festival. You give inspiration to our audiences. People of all backgrounds enjoy opportunities to see themselves reflected in contemporary performance. Subsidized and free tickets give that opportunity to even more people who might not otherwise attend our Festival. You deepen our presence in the community. Emerging artists bulid local audiences while gaining international exposure through the PuSh Festival’s far-reaching global networks. You make Vancouver a cultural incubator. Every donation made during the Festival is matched. Make your contribution count by donating today at pushfestival.ca/donate.

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THANK YOU PATRONS CIRCLE DONORS We are honoured to have so many deeply committed donors who see the value in supporting what we do, year after year. SUSTAINING ($5,000–$14,999) Anndraya Luui • The McGrane - Pearson Endowment Fund, held at the Vancouver Foundation • The R & J Stern Family Foundation • Fei Wong PRODUCER ($2,500–$4,999) Sandra Garossino • Harry Gray • Scott Hawthorn • Alexandra Montgomery CURATOR ($1,000–$2,499) Norman Armour • Jane Brindley & Ross Paul • Mo Dhaliwal

• Peter Dickinson & Richard Cavell • Prem Gill • A.D. Gingrich • Kathy & Stan Hamilton • Michael Heeney & Hilary Meredith • Jane Heyman •Sudha Krishna • Winkie & Alan Macdougall

• Susan Loadman & Kent Gallie • Paula Martin • Ross McMillan • Glenn Mori • David Vogt & Tracy Proke • Bill Richardson • Gwyn Roberts • Tory Ross & Keith Martin Gordey • Rodger So • Jennifer Stanley & Thom Weeks • Susan & Bruce Stout • Paul & Joan Whitney • Max Wyman • Mirna Zagar ADVOCATE ($500–$999) Evan & Ingrid Alderson • Robert Armour • Roberta Lando Beiser • Lorna Brown • Eric Posen & Deena Chochinov • Dana Cromie & Greg Brown • Anne-Marie Dekker • Chris Dobrzanski • Frances Dobrzanski • Marie-Claire Dy • Sandra Gajic • Cheryl Geisler & Mark Stein • Cedar Holdings Fund, held at Vancouver Foundation • Margo Harper • Paul Hecht & Sarah Elkins • Christopher Hunt • Leslie Hurtig • Elsie & Audrey Jang Fund, held at Vancouver Foundation • Jessie Johnston • Winkchop Productions Inc. • Vanessa Kwan • Peter Ladner • Harvey Loen • Kathleen MacDonald • Susan MacLaurin • Laura Moore • Susin Nielsen & Goran Fernlund • Rod Pearce • Martin Roland • Lainé Slater • Sue Harvey & Burke Taylor • Barb Whiteman • Stephen Williams • Eric Wilson

FRIEND ($20–$149) Anonymous (9) • Anonymous (2) • Anonymous • Laura Aliaga • Michelle Allin • M K Barclay • Ilze Bebris • Lynn Beck • Gisela Beckmann • Alan & Elizabeth Bell • Linda Belton • Fiona Black • Robbie Blake • Judith Bosire • Naomi Campbell • Don & Donna Celle • Jane Cherry • Simon Cowell • Juergen Dankwort • Alexander Daughtry • Geoffrey Deacon • Sheila Delany • Janina Deveau • Margaret Dickson • Mary Doherty • Charlotte Ensminger • Itai Erdal • Jillian Fargey • Tara Flynn • Lily Fong • Rachel Forbes • Keren Freed • Kevin Rennie, Rochelle Garfinkel & Family • Kira Gerwing • Ian Gill • Shayna Goldberg • Pamela Goossen • Ronda Green • Sean Guist • John Hagen • Kim Harvey • Steven Hill • Kelly Ho • Heather Hoiness • Roger Holdstock • Darby Honeyman & Dave Hess • Jane Hope • Tammy Hu • Selwyn Jacob • Melody Jacobson • Tevia Jeffries • Kristen Johnson • Marianne Johnstone • Vivian Kan • Siobhan Kennedy • Petr Kubon • Trey Le • Brenda Leadlay • Peter Leblanc • Monique Léger • Marie-France Leroi • Jeanne LeSage • Jacqueline Levitin • Milton Lim • Graham Lim • Juniper Locilento • Janet Mackie • Marni MacLeod • Kenji Maeda • Kurt Mang • Ken Manning • Lydia Marston-Blaauw • John Mason • Ian Mass • Mount Pleasant Massage Therapy • Anne Mathisen • Ann McDonell & Don McGlashan • Kevin Mooney • Kathleen Mullen • Carol Newson & Richard Mackin • Anja Novak • Kala O Riordain • Ellie O’Day • Anne Olsen • Jackie Ord • Carol Oreck • Barbara Parkin • Stephanie Peltz • Alexandra Raffe • Sandra Rose • Alexandra Rudis • Jennifer Sanchez • Bénédicte Schoepflin • George Scott • Philip Sedlacek • Hilda Shilliday • Jo Shin • Todd Sieling • Stanis Smith • Donna Soares • Donna Spencer • Peter & Rosa Stenberg • Gail Storey • Alireza Tavassoli • Anona Thorne • Camilla Tibbs •Rebecca Toolan • Court Touwslager & Susan Steele • Nona Avren & Doug Tuck • Coree Tull • Mariken Van Nimwegen • Jerry Wasserman • Peggy Watkins • Lynn Webster • William Wells • Marilyn Williams • Richard Wolfe • Janelle Wong-Moon • Sharyn Yuen

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GIFTS IN MEMORY • Ann Daskal in Leanne Averbach in memory of Nijole Kuzmickas memory of Simon Garber • Robert Gardiner in memory of James Pollard • Tony Giacinti in memory of Lola MacLaughlin • Dr. Evelyn J. Harden in memory of John Wood • Stephen Heatley in memory of Spencer Atkinson • Barry Hegland in memory of Kyle • Miranda Huron in memory of Sylvia Feiedman • Fiona Lam in memory of Dr Bik May Wai & Elise Partridge • Charles Moore & Anna Cooper in memory of Arthur Moore • Mary • Michael Smith in Schendlinger in memory of Jackie Crossland memory of Howard L Smith • Teresa Vandertuin in memory of Debbie Blair

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STAFF & BOARD STAFF

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT

Amber Cruikshank

ARTISTIC & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Norman Armour

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MANAGING DIRECTOR

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Roxanne Duncan

PUBLICISTS

DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING

Murray Paterson Marketing Group

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GRAPHIC DESIGNER

COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

Steve Chow

Janelle Wong-Moon

BOOKKEEPER

OPERATIONS COORDINATOR

Meredith Burney

Ian Barbour & Darren Heroux; City of Vancouver Civic Theatres: Sandra Gajic, Peter Kendall, Miles Muir; Leona Gleason; Stanley Hamilton; Charlotte Jeffries; Sandi Lee; Laura Moore; The Post at 750; Crystal Wong; Outgoing board members: Jane Brindley, Frances Dobrzanski, Kent Gallie, Margo Harper, Jill Macgillivray, Alexandra Montgomery, Patricia Ryan (ex officio)

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And all of our hundreds of volunteers.

DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR

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FESTIVAL PHOTOGRAPHERS

Tim Matheson, Sarah Race

AUDIENCE SERVICES MANAGER

Trey Le

DATABASE CONSULTANT

ANNUAL GIVING COORDINATOR

Iain Pennington

Hannah Bellamy CORPORATE AND FOUNDATION GIVING COORDINATOR

Carla Chambers

BOARD OF DIRECTORS PRESIDENT

Mira Oreck

AUDIENCE SERVICES COORDINATOR

Leila Toledo

PAST PRESIDENT AUDIENCE SERVICES ASSOCIATES

Kaen Valoise, Madelyn Osborne

Christianne Wilhelmson VICE PRESIDENT

Paul Hecht

PRODUCTION MANAGER

David (DK) Kerr

SECRETARY

Tory Ross

HEAD TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

Jeremy Baxter

TREASURER ARTIST SERVICES MANAGER

Jackie Hoffart

EVENT COORDINATOR

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Melanie Wickes YOUTH PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Natalie Tin Yin Gan CURATORIAL ASSISTANT

Heather Lamoureux PROJECT COORDINATOR, BLIND CINEMA & LOOKOUT

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Cameron Mackenzie CLUB PUSH CURATORS

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THANK YOU In addition to the special thanks that the staff extends to their loved ones for their unwavering support, the PuSh Festival gratefully acknowledges the following people for their time, energy and advice:

Glenn Mori Judith Bosire Jessica Bouchard Deena Chochinov Prem Gill Harry Gray Michael Heeney Tevia Jeffries Jessie Johnston Sudha Krishna Paula Martin Stephanie Mayor Cory Philley Niki Sharma Rodger So

IN MEMORIAM In loving memory, the 2018 PuSh Festival is dedicated to the friends, artists and colleagues whom we have lost this past year: Sascha Armour Louise Bentall Joy Coghill Nijole Kuzmickas Gavin Weddell Andrew Wilhelm-Boyles Janet Wright


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Vancouver Playhouse Vancouver Playhouse

Waterfront Theatre Waterfront Theatre

1181 Seymour Street 1181 Seymour Street

1398 Cartwright Street 1398 Cartwright Street

149 West Hastings Street 149 West Hastings Street

677 Davie Street 677 Davie Street

600 Campbell Avenue 600 Campbell Avenue

181 Roundhouse Mews 181 Roundhouse Mews

630 Hamilton Street 630 Hamilton Street

110–750 Hamilton Street 110–750 Hamilton Street

Vancity Theatre Vancity Theatre

Studio 1398 Studio 1398

Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, World Art Centre

SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, World Art Centre SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts

Scotiabank Dance Centre Scotiabank Dance Centre

Queen Elizabeth Theatre Queen Elizabeth Theatre Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre Russian Hall Russian Hall

Startup Studio, East Studio

Startup TheStudio, PostEast at Studio 750

The Post at 750

Performance Works Performance Works

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Norman Rothstein Theatre shown) Norman Rothstein (not Theatre

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1218 Cartwright Street 1218 Cartwright Street

6354 Crescent Road, UBC 6354 Crescent Road UBC 950 West 41 Avenue 950 West 41 Avenue

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(19+)

2321 Main Street 2321 Main Street

1895 Venables Street 1895 Venables Street

777 Columbia Street 777 Street NewColumbia Westminster New Westminster 700 Hamilton Street 700 Hamilton Street

The Fox Cabaret (19+) The Fox Cabaret

Culture Lab, Historic Theatre

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CBC Studio 700 CBC Studio 700

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PUSH PASSES & TICKETS

FOUR-SHOW & SIX-SHOW PUSH PASSES PuSh Passes are the best and simplest way to experience the PuSh Festival! Enjoy savings: Save up to 30% off single ticket prices. Enjoy flexibility: Use your Pass to see different shows, or book multiple tickets to the same show so you can bring friends. Enjoy convenience: Book your shows online any time of day. EARLY BIRD PRICE

REGULAR PRICE

FOUR-SHOW PASS

$103

$119

SIX-SHOW PASS

$148

$176

Until Dec 7, 5PM PST

After Dec 7, 5PM PST

TERMS & CONDITIONS: Limited quantities. PuSh Passes are non-refundable and non-transferable. Tickets allotted to PuSh Passholders for each performance are limited, so book early—at least 72 hours before showtime. Select shows require a surcharge, payable at the time of booking. Select shows are not available to be booked. Tickets booked on a PuSh Pass can be exchanged for another eligible and available performance with a $2.25 fee per ticket. Passholders must always be present, and present valid photo ID, at the venue box office in order to pick up tickets. Full terms and conditions at pushfestival.ca.

HOW TO USE YOUR PASS • Buy your Four-Show, Six-Show, Industry or Youth Pass. • Log in to your online PuSh account to book your desired shows. • Book your shows well in advance; tickets allotted for PuSh Passholders are limited. • If a desired show or performance date is not available, check back online or contact PuSh Festival Audience Services, as availability might open up. Or book a different available show and expand your horizons! • If you need to cancel your bookings, or would like to exchange them for another eligible and available performance, contact PuSh Festival Audience Services, by email (tickets@pushfestival.ca) or phone (604.449.6000), at least 72 hours before showtime. • Certain premium, reserved-seating shows require a surcharge. Surcharges do not apply to the Youth Pass.

INDUSTRY PASS & PACK Looking to attend the events of the PuSh Assembly Industry Series (p. 53)? Purchase an Industry Pass to access all of the Industry Series, plus attend shows with the Six-Show Pass included. The Industry Pack provides full access to the PuSh Assembly Industry Series, without the Six-Show Pass. EARLY BIRD PRICE

REGULAR PRICE

INDUSTRY PASS

$208

$236

INDUSTRY PACK

$60

$60

Until Dec 7, 5PM PST

After Dec 7, 5PM PST

TERMS & CONDITIONS: Limited quantities. Industry Passes and Industry Packs are non-refundable and non-transferable. Tickets allotted to Industry Passholders for each performance are limited, so book early—at least 72 hours before showtime. Select shows require a surcharge, payable at the time of booking. Select shows are not available to be booked. Tickets booked on an Industry Pass can be exchanged for another eligible and available performance with a $2.25 fee per ticket. Passholders must always be present, and present valid photo ID, at the venue box office in order to pick up tickets. Full terms and conditions at pushfestival.ca.

Some Hope for the Bastards ($12); BiRDMAN: LiVE ($12); The Eternal Tides ($30). Even with the surcharge, you still enjoy the best price and flexibility over single tickets! • Certain shows and events are not available to be booked on a Pass. Lookout; Reassembled, Slightly Askew; The Walkers; The Making of Justice. BiRDMAN: LiVE is not available on the Youth Pass. • On show night, present your PuSh Pass and valid photo ID at the venue box office in order to pick up your ticket. For select performances, print-at-home tickets may be emailed to you in advance; please present your tickets at the venue. • Arrive early to avoid lineups and get your seats (most shows are general admission).

SINGLE TICKETS YOUTH PASS & RUSH TICKETS If you’re 16 to 24 years old, we’ve got a deal for you! For the price of $20, a Youth Four-Show Pass allows you to book online and guarantees you a seat in the theatre. Or you can line up for very limited Youth Rush Tickets, one hour before showtime. YOUTH FOUR-SHOW PASS YOUTH RUSH TICKETS

$20 $5

TERMS & CONDITIONS: Limited quantities. Limit one per person. Youth Passes are non-refundable and non-transferable. Tickets allotted to Youth Passholders for each performance are very limited, so book early—at least 72 hours before showtime. Select shows are not available to be booked. Limit one ticket per show. Tickets booked on a Youth Pass can be exchanged for another eligible and available performance with a $2.25 fee per ticket. Passholders must always be present, and present valid proofof-age photo ID, at the venue box office in order to pick up tickets. Youth Rush Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Tickets are very limited and subject to availability. Valid proof-of-age photo ID must be presented at the venue box office in order to purchase; limit one ticket per show. Full terms and conditions at pushfestival.ca. 76

If you can’t commit to a PuSh Pass, then single tickets are your best bet! Some shows have very limited capacities, so advanced and early booking is strongly recommended. Some shows may be free but still require you to book a ticket. Follow the instructions on the show pages at pushfestival.ca. TERMS & CONDITIONS: Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Prices are subject to change. Additional service charges and telephone order fees may apply to the advertised price. Valid photo ID must be presented by original purchaser at the venue box office in order to pick up tickets. Full terms and conditions at pushfestival.ca.

GROUP TICKETS Share the PuSh Festival with your friends! When you come as a group of 10 or more, save up to 30% off single ticket prices to select shows! To get your party started, visit us online or email access@pushfestival.ca.


HOW TO BUY

ACCESSIBILITY

ONLINE

Find out more about the accessibility initiatives of the Accessible PuSh program on p. 64. If you have physical accessibility needs such as wheelchair seating, please contact us in advance to arrange.

pushfestival.ca PHONE

604.449.6000 TOLL-FREE IN NORTH AMERICA

HAVE QUESTIONS?

1.866.608.8284

Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page online, or contact PuSh Festival Audience Services. Helpful hint—Email is the fastest way to communicate with us: tickets@pushfestival.ca.

IN-PERSON

110–750 Hamilton Street Mon–Fri, 12PM–6PM (until Dec 22) Mon–Sat, 12PM–6PM (Jan 2–Feb 4) Closed Dec 23–Jan 1 Four-Show, Six-Show, Industry and Youth Passes are sold through the PuSh Festival. Once you’ve purchased, simply log in to your online PuSh account to book shows at pushfestival.ca. Single tickets are sold through different box office outlets. Please visit us online, or contact PuSh Festival Audience Services—from there we’ll redirect you to the right place.

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