PuSh, Vancouver’s International Performance Arts Festival, is underway. Celebrating its tenth anniversary, the festival takes place until Feb. 2, and features 150 performances by an international roster of musicians, filmmakers and theatre groups at various venues around town.
Some of those performers will entertain audiences at Club PuSh, aka Performance Works (1218 Cartwright St.). Here are some highlights of this year’s Club PuSh, the festival’s Granville Island hub.
Gender Failure (Jan. 16-17, 8 p.m.) - Vancouver writer Ivan Coyote and Montreal-based musician Rae Spoon discuss, through words and music, gender identity. Spoon’s most recent album, My Prairie Home, has been very well received by Canadian music critics; the musician was also the subject of a documentary last year. (Tickets: $29/$21 group rate.)
Tucked & Plucked: Vancouver’s Drag Herstory Live Onstage (Jan. 24, 8 p.m.) – Using a talk-show format, Zee Zee Theatre unearths the history of Vancouver’s drag movement. Co-hosted by real-life drag husbands the Queen of East Van Isolde N. Barron and the Baddest Bitch Peach Cobblah, Tucked & Plucked features guests from Vancouver’s drag community. (Tickets: $25/$21 group rate.)
Tetsuo: The Iron Man (Jan. 23, 8 p.m.) – Composer/violinist Stefan Smulovitz leads Vancouver music collective Eye of Newt Ensemble in a live accompaniment to Tetsuo: The Iron Man. An ’80s cyberpunk film from Japanese director Shinya Tsukamoto, Tetsuo is considered a cult classic, and Eye of Newt promises to deliver a soundscape worthy of the movie. (Tickets: $25/$21 group rate.)
Swan Song (For Cats) (Jan. 25, 8 p.m.) - Performance art collective Norma brings out gaudy costumes, a choir, a dance routine, a light show and “a thousand cats” in its part of this evening show. And Vancouver singer/songwriter Veda Hille contributes a set of cat-themed tunes from Canadian artists. (Tickets: $25/$21 group rate.)
Duets for One/Myth and Infrastructure (Feb. 1 8 p.m.) – In Duets for One, Vancouver’s Tanya Marquardt adapts scenes from her memoir Stray. The result is described as “a cabaret-style montage-alogue” which integrates the influence of New York underground culture (Marquardt moved to New York to write the memoir) with the duet song form. In Myth and Infrastructure, L.A.’s Miwa Matreyek uses animation and her own body to explore the boundaries between film and theatre. (Tickets: $29/$21 group rate.)