Artists

  • Revenge of the Popinjay, AnimalParts, 2017 PuSh Festival

    AnimalParts is a bi-national performance company, founded by Canadians Anthony Johnston and Nathan Schwartz—both graduates of Vancouver’s Studio 58—whose works have been presented in New York City, Europe and across Canada.

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  • Black Arm Band, dirtsong, 2017 PuSh Festival

    The Black Arm Band consists of musicians, composers, directors and filmmakers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island heritage who draw on 40,000 years of tradition for their work. dirtsong was first performed in 2009 at the Melbourne Festival; other works of the collective include murundak and Black Cab Chorus.

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  • Brubacher/Spooner/Tannahill, Concord Floral, 2017 PuSh Festival

    Erin Brubacher, Cara Spooner and Jordan Tannahill began work together on Concord Floral in 2012. All multidisciplinary artists, Tannahill wrote the script over three iterations, while Brubacher and Spooner directed the process and the casts of young performers who have brought the piece into being in cities across Canada. Works by these artists have been presented in theatres, galleries and festivals across Canada and Europe.

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  • Mess, Caroline Horton, 2017 PuSh Festival

    Caroline Horton is an award-winning theatre maker, writer and performer hailing from Birmingham, England. Her work is marked by its playfulness, emotional power and exploration of personal, and often political, concerns. She has performed throughout the U.K. and internationally. Other works include You’re Not Like the Other Girls Chrissy, Penelope Retold and Islands.

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  • Vicky Chow, Four Thousand Holes - Music on Main, 2017 PuSh Festival

    Considered in the top league of contemporary pianists, Vancouver-born, New York-based Vicky Chow has performed internationally, as a soloist and in various ensembles including Bang on a Can All-Stars.

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  • Dynasty Handbag, Jibz Cameron, 2017 PuSh Festival

    Jibz Cameron is a performance/video artist and actor living in Los Angeles. Her alter ego Dynasty Handbag has performed at international dives both great and small. Cameron is also a professor and lecturer of performance and comedy at CalArts.

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  • Volker Gerling, Portraits in Motion, 2017 PuSh Festival

    Volker Gerling discovered his love for photographic flipbooks while engaged in academic film studies. Since then he has walked over 3,500 miles of Germany, showing his “thumb cinema” to people and gathering new portraits for it.

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  • Visitors From Far Away to the State Machine, Hong Kong Exile, 2017 PuSh Festival

    Hong Kong Exile are the 2017 PuSh Festival’s Artists-in-Residence and Youth Program Coordinators. Founders Milton Lim, Remy Siu and Natalie Tin Yin Gan are impressive and prolific, having created 13 works as a collective since 2011.

  • Oil Pressure Vibrator, Geumhyung Jeong, 2017 PuSh Festival

    Winner of the 2016 Hermès Foundation Award, Geumhyung Jeong is an experimental performance artist and choreographer. Her work explores issues of gender and sexuality with an emphasis on the body and its interactions with the larger world.

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  • Sweat Baby Sweat, Jan Martens, 2017 PuSh Festival

    Choreographer Jan Martens hails from Belgium and has worked as a performer in various productions. Since 2009 he has created a dozen of his own choreographic works, which have won him success with audiences and critics both in Europe and abroad.

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  • Mere Phantoms, Garden of Earthly Delights, 2017 PuSh Festival

    Mere Phantoms is the Montreal-based duo Maya Ersan and Jaimie Robson, who are inspired by early cinema, papercutting and shadow theatre. Their work has appeared internationally.

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  • Things a Person is Supposed to Wonder, Bridget Moser, 2017 PuSh Festival

    Selected in 2015 for an emerging artist prize by Daina Augaitis, chief curator and associate director of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Moser is making waves in art circles across Canada and Europe.

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  • The Only Animal, The City and the City, 2017 PuSh Festival

    The Only Animal creates work characterized by wild experimentation and visual imagination. Their accolades include over 30 Jessie and four Dora Mavor Moore nods.

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  • Paines Plough/Pentabus Theatre Company, Every Brilliant Thing, 2017 PuSh Festival

    Paines Plough is the U.K.’s national theatre of new plays, commissioning and producing Britain’s best playwrights. They’ve produced more than 130 works and tour the length and breadth of the U.K., from clubs and pubs to lakeside escapes and housing estates. Founded in 1974, Pentabus Theatre Company is England’s rural theatre company that tells stories with local relevance and international resonance.

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  • Point Blank Poets, 2017 PuSh Festival

    Dean Atta, Sabrina Mahfouz, Hollie McNish, Bridget Minamore and Deanna Rodger are each burning stars in their own right. Between them they have published books, written plays, performed at Buckingham Palace and racked up millions of YouTube views. They tour internationally and make their Canadian premiere at the PuSh Festival.

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  • Lido Pimienta, 2017 PuSh Festival

    Lido Pimienta has evolved from Toronto indie phenomenon to internationally touring star, sharing stages with the likes of Tanya Tagaq and A Tribe Called Red; her reputation for gripping, incendiary shows is going global. A visual artist and curator as well, she’s taking the world to task through art.

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  • Quarantine, Wallflower, 2017 PuSh Festival

    Quarantine has created over 30 pieces of theatre, in forms ranging from karaoke to cooking lessons. The work emerges from intense research with performers, including those who are new to the stage. The company makes theatre and other public events characterized by intimacy, fragility and a playful instinct to place everyday life side-by-side moments of rare, crafted beauty.

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  • Mouthpiece, Quote Unquote Collective, 2017 PuSh Festival

    Amy Nostbakken and Norah Sadava are the co-artistic directors of Quote Unquote Collective, a multidisciplinary performance group based in Toronto. The collective endeavours to create works that cross genres, defy conventions and push our cultural conversations forward.

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  • Tiago Rodrigues, By Heart, 2017 PuSh Festival

    An actor and playwright of great success and distinction, Tiago Rodrigues has toured with Belgian theatre company tg STAN across 15 countries, and in 2005 he co-created the company Mundo Perfeito. Last year he was appointed the youngest-ever artistic director of one of Portugal’s national theatres, D. Maria II National Theatre.

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  • Ben Reimer, Four Thousand Holes - Music on Main, 2017 PuSh Festival

    Ben Reimer holds a doctorate in music from McGill University and is a member of the Montreal quartet Architek Percussion. His work with percussion seeks to combine the idioms of popular and contemporary classical music.

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  • Standing Wave Ensemble, Sculptress, 2017 PuSh Festival

    Standing Wave is a six-person ensemble, including cellist Peggy Lee (a PuSh and crowd favourite), dedicated to contemporary chamber music. Since forming in 1991 they have commissioned and premiered over 75 works.

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  • Stop the Violence, Human Library

    Stop the Violence is the Danish collective that conceived of this wildly popular “open source” project that has popped up in 70 countries since 2000.

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  • FOLK-S, Alessandro Sciarroni, 2017 PuSh Festival

    One of the bright lights of contemporary dance, Alessandro Sciarroni conducts research workshops and creates performances that explore the intersection of theatre, performance art and the visual arts. He is based in Italy, and is an associate artist at Le Centquatre in Paris.

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  • Macbeth, Third World Bunfight, 2017 PuSh Festival

    Under the direction of Brett Bailey, Third World Bunfight has created theatre productions, installations, site-specific performances and more. His work shines a light on contemporary Africa and its struggles, and testifies to the power of resistance through art. This is the company’s third rendition of Verdi’s Macbeth; other notable works include Exhibit B, House of the Holy Afro and Big Dada.

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  • Theatre Smith-Gilmour, As I Lay Dying, 2017 PuSh Festival

    Dean Gilmour and Michele Smith produce work that foregrounds the body and the imagination as creative forces. They formed their Toronto-based company in 1980, and since then it has staged 33 productions, including 13 original plays. These productions have thrilled audiences and garnered acclaim from Vancouver to Beijing.

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  • Theatre Replacement, Town Choir, 2017 PuSh Festival

    Vancouver’s beloved Theatre Replacement is headed by James Long and Maiko Yamamoto. Their work reflects a concern with creating innovative new forms for local and worldwide audiences.

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  • Turning Point Ensemble, Zappa Meets Varèse & Oswald, 2017 PuSh Festival

    Founded in 2002, Vancouver’s Turning Point Ensemble is dedicated to linking daring and extraordinary work of the past hundred years to music of the present day, with a special emphasis on innovative collaboration with other art forms.

  • Touretteshero, Backstage in Biscuit Land, 2017 PuSh Festival

    Jess Thom is an English author, advocate and performer; she co-founded Touretteshero in 2010. She has written about Tourette syndrome for the mainstream and disability press in the U.K. and beyond, and she is the author of Welcome to Biscuit Land: A Year in the Life of Touretteshero.

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  • Upintheair Theatre, The City and the City, 2017 PuSh Festival

    Upintheair is a Vancouver theatre company focused on speculative fiction. Their last two productions earned 10 Jessie Award nominations, winning five that include best director and outstanding production.

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  • Vancouver Youth Choir, Town Choir, 2017 PuSh Festival

    The Vancouver Youth Choir is an ensemble for singers aged 14 to 23; its goal is to foster artistry in a safe and positive environment.

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