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PUSH International Performing Arts Festival

The PUSH International Performing Arts Festival began this week, running at various venues until February 6.  The PUSH Festival involves local artists and international visitors in residence.

Internationally renown French choreographer Jerome Bel presents “The Show Must Go On” at The Dance Centre, The Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre, SFU Woodwards.  Jan 20 – 13  at 8 pm

The fantastical story of Edgar Allan Poe, “Nevermore” plays at the Arts Club, Granville Island Stage  Jan 21-Feb 6 at 8 pm (Tuesday 7.30)

“Jerk”rison  is based on the chilling text of Dennis Cooper, about David Brook, the real life accomplice of a Texas serial killer.  The Audience takes the role of a psychology class visiting Brooks as he serves a life sentence in prison.  VIVO Media Arts Centre. Jan 21-24 8 pm

Akhe Theatre, St. Petersburg, presentsthe multi-media work “White Cabin”Winner of Russia’s prestigious Golden Mark Award, Akhe is a cult icon in the Moscow and St. Petersburg arts scene.  Performance Works,  Granville Island. Jan 21 – 23 at 8 pm

A premier performance of “The Edward Curtis Project”, a poignant multi-disciplinary work by Metis/Dene playwright Marie Clemens and photojournalist Rita Leistner blending theatre performance with photographic installation.  Presentation House  North Vancouver, Jan 21-31 at 8 pm. Sunday 2 pm only

So Percussion  New York’s ‘experimental powerhouse’ makes their Vancouver debut playing music of Steve Reese and David Lacy.  Two nights only  Jan 25,26 at 8 pm, Heritage Hall.

In an electrifying work “The Passion Project” the audience surrounds a 10 by 10 foot area flooded by four projectors in which a series of choreographed movements explode the film to three dimension.  Pacific TheatreJan 27 – Feb 6, Wed. to Sat. only 7 pm and 9pm

“Poetics”a Ballet Brut, a do-it-yourself, wryly constructed genre-bending performance using common gestures that make up our every day lives.  Roundhouse Arts and Recreation Centre, Jan 27 – 30 at 7 pm

Rumble Productions/Theatre Replacement presents “Clark and I somewhere in Connecticut”, one of the most unusual theatre pieces produced in Vancouver, developed from material (diaries and photos) found in an East End alley.  Performance WorksJan 28 -30 at 7 pm

“The Passion of Joan of Arc” premieres at Christ Church Cathedral, a cinematic piece de resistance detailing the tragic end of France’s famous martyr.  Vancouver based composer Stefan Smulovitz score accompanies Carl Dreyer’s 1928 silent film.  Jan 28 at 8 pm

At the East End’s historic The CULTCH Theatre another premiere performance, “Best Before” by Rimini Prolokollhas attracted attention throughout Europe for blurring the line between reality and fiction. Jan 29 – Feb 6 at 7 pm

“Sonic Genome”is the ambitious experiment of American composer and virtuoso saxophonist Anthony Braxton. This is a world premier as a public performance.  At The RoundhouseJan 31  at 12 pm and 8 pm.

Australian-born photographer-storyteller William  Yang  shares an account of his personal pilgrimage to China where he searches for a deeper understanding of his roots, in “CHINA” accompanied by Nicholas Ng’s live score for the erhu (Chinese violin) and pip (Chinese lute). Frederic Wood Theatre UBCFeb 2 – 6 at 7.30 pm

Hotel Modern, from Rotterdam, fills the stage of the Roundhouse CommunityArts and Recreation Centre with an enormous scale model of Auschwitz, with thousands of tiny handmade puppets representing the prisoners and their executioners, in “KAMP” This innovative and internationally acclaimed theatre collective from the Netherlands is known for blending visual art, puppetry, music, film and live performance.  At the Roundhouse,  Feb 3 – 6, at 8 pm

PHOTO from PUSH website

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