first_imgAdvertisement PuSh International Performing Arts FestivalJan. 16 to Feb. 5, 2017 | various Vancouver venuesTickets: Single tickets from $10; passes from $103 at pushfestival.ca Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook From African adaptations of Italian operas on Shakespeare classics, to investigations into mechanical erotica or the music of Frank Zappa performed by a 30-piece orchestra, the lineup for the 2017 PuSh International Performing Arts Festival reinforces the mid-winter event’s reputation for multi-disciplinary performance on the cutting edges.At a launch event at the Fox Cabaret Monday night, highlights of the 13th annual edition of the immensely popular arts celebration were announced. Full schedules can be found online.Among the artists representing 11 countries is a sizable contingent from the United Kingdom. Is PuSh benefiting from the post-Brexit pound crash?“It’s due to a partnership that we have with an organization called Caravan, which represents new British-devised work in theatre, and some dance,” said PuSh artistic and executive director Norman Armour.“They reached out — to us, to Shanghai — with some exceptional pieces such as Wallflower (Quarantine) about memories of dances; Backstage in Biscuit Land from Touretteshero, which is a remarkable work about a truly unique syndrome; and a serious play for youth about anorexia called Mess, co-produced with the Vancouver International Children’s Festival.”Ever the catalyst for introducing difficult topics to diverse audiences, Armour says he feels that this year’s PuSh Festival will be particularly valuable for developing dialogues around such difficult topics as depression, isolation and how we view community engagement.It’s not anywhere you catch something like South Korean artist Geumhyoung Jeong’s show Oil Pressure Vibrator, about pursuing self-satisfaction from an industrial excavator.“A fascinating artist who was here once before during the 2010 Live Bienale, whose work is very playful, mischievous and kind of hard to read; as in “how do I position this?” he said. “She is a real mover on the international circuit whose work is, obviously, quite singular. You really have never seen anything like it.”This is part and parcel of what has built such solid audiences for the festival. But it isn’t all just avant-garde. There’s Verdi’s Macbeth, for instance, albeit a unique vision. Produced by South Africa’s Third World Bunfight, this interpretation of the classical work envisions a setting in the Democratic Republic of Congo, with modern day trappings and a subversive storyline complete with a regionally influenced revised score. Twitterlast_img

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