PuSh Festival will definitely push the limits in 2010

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Puppets and Texas serial killer Dean Corll, Edgar Allan Poe, a pilgrimage to China and discarded photo albums are all part of the eclectic mix of theatre, dance, multimedia and music during the 2010 edition of the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival in Vancouver.

At venues in and around Vancouver, the Festival runs January 20th through February 6th in 2010, offering fourteen works from Canada, the United States, France, Russia, Australia, Germany and the Netherlands.  And included in this year’s line-up are two shows with a queer connection: Jerk and China.

Jerk, playing the Festival January 21-24, is based on the text from writer Dennis Cooper as told from the vantage point of David Brooks, the real life accomplice to Texas serial killer Dean Corll who was responsible for the deaths of more than 25 teenageboys in the early 1970s.

Australian-born gay photographer-storyteller William Yang shares his personal pilgrimage to the country of his ancestors in China February 2-6 and which will include a live score from Nicholas Ng.

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Jonathan Capdevielle in Jerk (left) and William Yang (right) perform as part of the 2010 PuSh Festival.

In addition to Jerk, the 2010 festival will also feature a wide range of international theatre including White Cabin created by Akhe Theatre from Russia, the interactive Best Before from Germany’s Rimini Protokoll, and KAMP from the Netherlands theatre company Hotel Modern. Returning to the festival is the home grown theatre piece Clark and I Somewhere in Connecticut.

Photography, music, live performance, and issues of cultural identity come together in Rita Leistner’s The Edward Curtis Project and in Yang’s China.

Dance fans will have a number of choices including Jérôme Bel’s The Show Must Go On, and Nature Theater of Oklahoma’s Poetics: a ballet brut.

Music lovers will get a comic musical based on the life of Edgar Allen Poe with Nevermore, eight continuous hours of experimental sound with Anthony Braxton’s Sonic Genome, the Vancouver debut of the Brooklyn’s So Percussion quartet, and a brand new commission from Vancouver composer Stefan Smulovitz to accompany Carl Dryer’s The Passion of Joan of Arc.  Film lovers will get to see a second homage to Dryer’s film with Reid Farrington’s The Passion Project.

6th Annual PuSh International Performing Arts Festival
January 20 – February 6, 2010

The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival is Vancouver’s mid-winter festival presenting acclaimed local, national and international artists. For more information on the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, pick up a program guide at any of the seven JJ Bean locations or visit pushfestival.ca.

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