The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival announces its 2023 line-up


The annual celebration of international performing arts announces the 2023 lineup.

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PuSh International Performing Arts Festival 2023

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When: January 19 — February 5, several times | Where: Various venues and online programming | Tickets/info: On sale Nov. 23 at noon at

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The 19th edition of the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival has announced that it has unveiled its lineup for the 2023 event. and international is mixed and varied.

With 20 works from a dozen countries, the festival includes six world premieres, a North American premiere as well as Canadian and local openings. In addition to a pan-Canadian representation, there will be performances by artists from Africa, Asia, Europe and South America.

Among the highlights, we find Becasue I love the diversity by Rakesh Sukesh (this micro-attitude, we all have it). This Indo-Belgian artist’s multimedia performance confronts the political use of technology to provoke and resolve issues of racial profiling and liberation.

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Always surprising, the Electric Company Theater in Vancouver presents the world premiere of An Undeveloped Sound, which takes Goethe’s Faust as a model for a discussion of development and destruction between four representatives of the project. Could anything be more Lower Mainland for a subject?

Lisa Cooke Ravensbergen brings traditional Anishinaabe oral storytelling into everyday life in Delinquent Theatre’s The Seventh Fire. Working with sound designer Mishelle Cuttler and a matriarchal creative team, the piece blurs time and space frames to establish an ancestral connection in contemporary life. African spirituality and contemporary art are united in a statement of resistance and recovery in Zimbabwean/American artist nora chipaumire’s afternow, which includes multiple video screens and soundtracks.

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From dancing to cabaret hookups at Performance Works’ Club PuSh, there will be no end of in-person pleasures to enjoy. Those who prefer the digital realm will not be left out with plays such as Aphothic Theatre/ITSAZOO Productions and The Cultch’s RE/PLAY Digital Playground’s The Café. This previously out of print production has been transformed into an immersive online experience to browse from your own home.

This is the first PuSh festival led by new Director of Programming, Gabrielle Martin, who works as part of the festival’s collaborative leadership team, which includes Director of Operations Keltie Forsyth and Director of Indigenous Initiatives, the Dr. Margo Kane.

The full festival program is available online and there are plenty of opportunities for industry professionals, young people and others to take part in a variety of additional engagement events. Ticket purchase options include an assortment of multi-show, youth and digital passes as well as single tickets, starting at $20.

Look for additional coverage of select events in The Vancouver Sun and Province.

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