Our (gay) guide to the 2016 PuSh International Performing Arts Festival

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From a trans* life story told through poetry, to a tribute to queer people around the world who have suffered bigotry and violence, the 2016 PuSh International Performing Arts Festival has a number of shows with a LGBTQ+ focus.

The 12th annual PuSh Festival takes place January 19 to February 7, 2016 at various venues across Vancouver, featuring more than 150 performance and works by artists and companies from around the world. Visit http://pushfestival.ca for more information.

Let’s Not Beat Each Other to Death

Let’s Not Beat Each Other to Death (Jan 21 @ The Fox Cabaret) – Halifax’s The Accidental Mechanics present a genre-defying mix of theatre, memorial and dance party that pays tribute to queer people around the world who have suffered bigotry and violence. Photo: Mel Hattie.

Human Library

Human Library (Jan 23-Feb 7 @ Vancouver Public Library – Zee Zee Theatre returns for a fourth year with the Human Library in which guests invited to borrow a “human book” from a curated collection of topics that range from “drag king” to “eight-year old inventor”. Each twenty minute one-on-one conversation is designed to open your eyes to the world through your own personal adventure.

Miss Understood

Miss Understood (Jan 27-31 @ Performance Works) – produced by the frank theatre company, Miss Understood is trans* woman Antonette Rea’s one-person show in which she bares her soul, and the story of her life, through poetry. From life as a middle-class husband and father to the turmoil of a gender-identity crisis to the Downtown Eastside, where she lived as a drug-addicted sex worker, Miss Understood covers a life of pain, the oppression of queer identity by society, the dangers of sex work and the misery of addiction. Photo: courtesy of the artist.

Queer Songbook Orchestra: Songs of Resilience

Queer Songbook Orchestra: Songs of Resilience (Jan 29 @ The Fox Cabaret) – this eleven-piece Toronto chamber pop orchestra makes their West Coast debut with a look back at the last century of popular music through a queer lens. Photo: Ming Wu.

Declarations

Declarations (Feb 6 @ The Fox Cabaret) – Club PuSh curator-in-residence Jordan Tannahill collaborates with a group of Vancouver residents making declarations of what they hold to be true. Photo: courtesy the artist.

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