Things To Do: 7 PuSh International Performing Arts Festival shows to catch

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      Editor’s choice

      Dance Renegade

      Our love affair with Montreal’s most rock ’n’ roll choreographer, Frédérick Gravel, traces back to the PuSh fest of 2014, when his Usually Beauty Fails—an electric-guitar-amped mix of concert and dance performance—blew our minds, playing out like a concept album of raw human desire. In following years, the Jimi Hendrix–backed Thus Spoke… and the beer-fuelled mess of masculinity All Hell Is Breaking Loose were equally audacious. Now he’s back at PuSh with the dance-beat-driven Some Hope for the Bastards. (The guy has a way with titles.) We can’t wait to see his performers take on the rhythms of a soundscape that mixes everything from club to classical.

      The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival presents Some Hope for the Bastards at the Vancouver Playhouse on Tuesday (January 16).


      New this year

      Club PuSh Reaches Eastward

      Audiences with a taste for the experimental, not to mention beer, already know to hit Club PuSh at the licensed and lounge-y Fox Cabaret. But this year, the festival will also be featuring a few avant-garde satellite performances in New Westminster at its snazzy new Anvil Centre. Amid the inspired and edgy offerings playing both venues: English drag artist and lip-synch innovator Dickie Beau (at the Fox January 19, the Anvil January 20; shown here); triple-octave-scaling American vocal master Joseph Keckler, with a repertoire spanning opera to pop (January 26 at the Anvil and January 27 at the Fox); and Vancouver cello trailblazer Cris Derksen with her trio (February 2 at the Anvil and February 3 at the Fox).


      Five more PuSh shows to catch


      Gender-fluid Italian Silvia Calderoni hosts a different kind of dance party.
      January 18 to 21 at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre

      Radio Rewrite

      The Turning Point Ensemble pays tribute to Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood and his idol Olivier Messiaen.
      January 19 and 20 at the Norman Rothstein Theatre

      It's Dark Outside

      A family show with strange, low-tech shadow play and puppetry.
      January 24 to 28 at the Waterfront Theatre

      Blind Cinema

      Fun stuff: children blindfold adults and describe a wordless movie to them.
      January 24 to February 1 at the Vancity Theatre

      Birdman: Live

      Percussion master Antonio Sánchez accompanies the Oscar-winning film live.
      February 1 at the Vogue Theatre