PuSh 2010 line-up announced

The Edward Curtis Project

Vancouver’s very own PuSh International Performing Arts Festival drops next year on January 20, running to February 6. The official site has just released the shows that will be on display for your consideration and discussion.

Here’s a grab bag of copy from the listings section:

An enormous scale model of Auschwitz fills the stage, with thousands of tiny handmade puppets representing the prisoners and their executioners.


Clark and I Somewhere in Connecticut is one of the most notorious theatre pieces to come out of Vancouver in recent memory.

Clark and I Somewhere in Connecticut

Filled with absurd, inspired, bizarre and often touching “events,” it is part dream, part chaos and part variety show…

White Cabin

Intimate one moment and operatic the next, these seemingly mundane gestures build to a surprising conclusion that is delightfully unhampered by its performers’ complete lack of formal dance training.

Poetics: A ballet brut

Fascination, humour, madness and sheer terror are melded in his puppet show recreations of the gruesome, sexually charged murders.


For eight continuous hours, 50+ performers use the compositions and improvisational languages developed by Braxton to create a living sound world.

Sonic Genome

A simulated city evolves as each of 200 spectators add their personal touch, game controller in hand.

Best Before (working title)

…a fantastical rendering of the Gothic dreamscape of Poe’s life.


Performed on an assortment of instruments, most of which the performers are required to build themselves using materials from giant pipes and tea cups to flower pots…

So Percussion

…Vancouver-based composer Stefan Smulovitz has written a luminous score to accompany Carl Dreyer’s 1928 silent film, The Passion of Joan of Arc.

The Passion of Joan of Arc

A transformative and dynamic sculpture takes form as the hanging canvases grab hold of the fleeting, flickering images.

The Passion Project

…a delightfully subversive game of anticipation and expectation that blurs the line between spectator and spectacle.

The Show Must Go On

In her journey to recover from post-traumatic stress disorder, she finds herself face-to-face with the controversial photographer who was obsessed with capturing the Indian way of life he thought was dying out.

The Edward Curtis Project

Australian-born photographer-storyteller William Yang shares a deeply beautiful account of his personal pilgrimage to China…



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