Faustin Linyekula performs in Le Cargo at this year's PuSh Festival. Photo by Agathe Poupeney.
Faustin Linyekula performs in Le Cargo at this year's PuSh Festival. Photo by Agathe Poupeney.

The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival (Jan 20-Feb 8) is now into its second week. Here are three shows this week that we think you should not miss.

[dropcap]1[/dropcap] From Belgium comes Kate McIntosh’s Dark Matter (Jan 28-30), that like much of what happens at PuSh is hard to categorize.  McIntosh says some may see it as a musical about the universe and others may see it as an exploration of the mind/body, with the emphasis on bodies. Whatever your take away might be, the PuSh curators say no one will emerge unshaken.

[dropcap]2[/dropcap]Dancer and storyteller Faustin Linyekula comes to PuSh with Le Cargo (Jan 29-31) via the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In his first solo performance Linyekula’s work is a marriage of spirit and body—moving, thought-provoking and spellbinding.

[dropcap]3[/dropcap]Blurring the line between reality and the imaginary, Phantasmagoria: Circus of Dreams (Jan 29-31), this “circus” promises to be both both perplexing and intoxicating. Presented by the Loose Leaf Collective, this is the culmination of the joint Bachelor of Performing Arts program from Capilano University, Douglas, Langara and Vancouver Community colleges.