Executive and artistic director Norman Armour and associate curator Joyce Rosario agreed to reveal some of the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival’s most exciting pieces. Here, then, are a few of their best bets:
Gob Squad’s Kitchen (January 16 to 18 at the Fei & Milton Wong Experimental Theatre)
“That is a blow-your-mind piece,” says Armour of the German-British innovators’ journey back to Andy Warhol’s Factory days. “This is a company at full force....And it’s completely indescribable.”
The Dragonfly of Chicoutimi (January 22 to 25 at the Fei & Milton Wong Experimental Theatre)
Armour raves about the stellar direction and design of this iconic Quebec piece. “This is real, real theatre artistry.”
The Pixelated Revolution (by Beirut’s Rabih Mroué, January 15 to 18 at Studio T in the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts)
Rosario points to the video-cranked performance-lecture’s timeliness about Syrian revolt, “especially with its politics and the role of social media”.
FUSE (January 24 at the Vancouver Art Gallery) and Tucked & Plucked (by Zee Zee Theatre, January 24 at Club PuSh)
“These are your party nights out,” Rosario promises.
Seeds (by Montreal's Porte Parole, January 22 to 26 at UBC’s Frederic Wood Theatre)
Its look at food security and a farmer’s battle against Monsanto is straight from the headlines. Armour adds: “It’s great to have [famed Canadian actor] Eric Peterson back in town at UBC, his alma mater.”