While the LGBTQ offerings on the main stages at this year’s Vancouver’s PuSh International Performing Arts Festival are virtually non-existent, Club PuSh at Granville Island’s Performance Works includes a number of queer artists. The informal social hub of this annual festival of the performing arts, Club PuSh presents cutting-edge performance suited for a more informal venue.
In Stood (Jan 20), Vancouver comedian Jan Derbyshire (photo right) turns stand-up on its queer edge with material that includes a road trip with her father, revelations about her past as one of Canada’s first female talents on the gruelling Yuk Yuk’s Comedy circuit and insights into the politics of parents and sexual identity.
Belgian transsexual theatre artist Vanessa Van Drum presents Look Mummy, I’m Dancing (Jan 23-25), the story of her search for an identity in a candid and honest account of her life that started as a little boy, and the journey she underwent as one of the pioneering transsexuals of her time.
Club Push (part of the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival
January 16 – February 2, 2013
Performance Works, Granville Island
Visit http://pushfestival.ca for tickets and information.