Gender identity and drag queens are centre stage for Club PuSh, part of the tenth anniversary of the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival.
Writer and storyteller Ivan Coyote and musician Rae Spoon open Club PuSh on January 16, 2014 with Gender Failure. Through words and original music the duo will explore their failed attempts at fitting into the gender binary, and ultimately, how the gender binary fails us all. The show repeats January 17, 2014.
A week later, Zee Zee Theatre unearths the history of Vancouver’s drag movement with Tucked and Plucked: Vancouver’s Drag Herstory Live on Stage. Hosted by East Van drag queens Isolde N. Barron and Peach Cobblah, the alter egos of Cameron Mackenzie and Dave Deveau, the show includes other members of Vancouver’s drag community exploring the effect the drag queen has had on social and political change. Following Tucked and Plucked the duo hosts a queer dance party with DJ Jef Leppard.
Culture Vulture David C Jones spoke with Ivan Coyote to learn more about Gender Binary.
Other highlights during Club PuSh include Vancouver’s Eye of Newt ensemble who will create a live soundtrack to the 80s Japanese cult film Tetuso: The Iron Man (Jan 23) and Ryeberg Live (Jan 26), an evening of essays inspired by YouTube videos.
Located in Performance Works on Granville Island, Club PuSh is the social hub of the Festival where you can grab a drink and hang out with other festival-goers and artists and catch one of the Club’s marquee acts. Friday nights at Club PuSh will also include music.
Celebrating its tenth year, the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival is Vancouver’s mid-winter live performing arts festival of theatre, dance, music, and various forms of multimedia and hybrid performance.