Queer content at PuSh 2014: Gender Failure and Vancouver's Drag Herstory
This year, thePuSh International Performing Arts Festival is celebrating a decade of cutting-edge performance in Vancouver, and LGBT content continues to be a part of it.
Writer Ivan Coyote and singer-songwriter Rae Spoon (who was recently featured in Chelsea McMullan's film My Prairie Home) continue their seven-year journey together as artistic collaborators with Gender Failure at the 2014 PuSh Festival.
Their multimedia performance combines monologues, music, animation and videos by Seattle artist Clyde Petersen.
Spoon and Coyote tell biographic tales about their transgender experiences of adolescence, attractions, and their attempts to fit into a rigidly constructed gender binary that ultimately fails to serve us all.
As you can see in the video below, the show is by turns amusing and poignant.
It'll be held at Club Push at Performance Works (1218 Cartwright Street, Granville Island) at 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday (January 16 and 17).
The following week, a different exploration of gender will be tackled in Tucked & Plucked: Vancouver's Drag Herstory Live Onstage.
The historical (and often hysterical) growth of drag culture in Vancouver is traced in this entertaining and informative performance by drag husbands Isolde N. Barron and Peach Cobblah. And they're not just pretty faces either—the history of drag prances hand-in-hand with the development of the queer rights movement.
The show, which will also take place at Club Push, will be presented on January 24 at 8 p.m. What's more, after the show's over, there's also a post-performance dance party featuring DJ Jef Leppard from 10 p.m. onward.