Each year in January, Vancouver awakens from its winter doldrums with the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival.
Now in its 14th year, the 2018 PuSh Festival takes place at venues around Vancouver from January 16 through February 4.
Featuring 28 works from 11 countries, here are five we think you should not miss:
Inspired by the massacre of 77 people by Anders Breivik in Norway in 2011, The Events (Jan 17-28) sets out to answer the most difficult question of all: why? Each performance will feature a different choral group from the Metro Vancouver area sharing the stage with the show’s two actors.
UK artist Andy Field brings a Vancouver-centric version of Lookout (Jan 20-21) to a location high-above our city. As children describe the future as they imagine it, the piece becomes a bridge between people who might not normally meet.
It’s Dark Outside
From Australia’s The Last Great Hunt, comes the family-friendly It’s Dark Outside (Jan 24-28) in which puppetry, animation, shadow play and live performance combine to tell an epic western about redemption and dementia.
King Arthur’s Night
Vancouver’s Neworld Theatre brings a new twist on an old tale with King Arthur’s Night (Jan 31-Feb 4). A live band, a 20-person choir and an inclusive cast helps shape this legend for a modern audience.
Dickie Beau: Unplugged
As part of this year’s Club PuSh, Dickie Beau: Unplugged (Jan 19-20) updates the drag show tradition in a show that defies easy description.