One last PuSh

This year’s PuSh Festival has officially wrapped.  It was a busy festival indeed.  PuSh boasted  almost 150 performances and events at 11 venues in Vancouver.  Work was presented from Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Poland and Germany.  By the end of the three-week Festival the staff were looking a bit worn out (I even caught the Festival Director sleeping in the lobby of Club PuSh before the closing night shindig).

The Festival exposed me to artist such as Ryoji Ikeda.  Ikeda’s abstract sound and light performances have played at prestigious venues such as the Tate Modern in London and Sonar, the International Festival of Advanced Music and Multimedia Art in Barcelona.

Here’s a taste of Ikeda playing live at Sonar in Barcelona

This year’s PuSh Festival also marked the return of the PuSh Assembly.  The PuSh Assembly offers global networking opportunities for the performing arts.  There were Speed Dating and Pitch Sessions for artists and presenters.  The Assembly is also a place for people involved in the performing arts to exchange ideas in forums like the Situation Room and the Journalist Roundtable.  In addition, there were a couple of Keynote Manifestos.  I attended Alex Lazaridis’ Keynote Manifestos.  In his Keynote Manifesto Alex essentially called for the elimination of dramaturges in the playwriting process.  His arguments were quite convincing and sparked some interesting conversation with some writers who would agree.

A performance I enjoyed at this year’s PuSh Festival was Peter Panties. Peter Panties continues until the 13th at The Cultch.  It’s a strange and wild ride that stimulates the senses.  Peter Panties is a radical re-imagining of the Peter Pan story filtered through the collective brains of co-writers Niall McNeil and Marcus Youssef.  Niall had down syndrome and his sensibility added a certain unique flair (like CSI Investigators) to the show. 



~ by carayeates on February 10, 2011.

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