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    Toronto-based playwright, theatre director and filmmaker, Jordan Tannahill, is the 2016 and 2017 Club PuSh Curator-in-Residence. The Globe and Mail has called Jordan “… the poster child of a new generation of (theatre? film? dance?) artists for whom ‘interdisciplinary’ is not a buzzword, but a way of life.” In collaboration with William Ellis, Jordan runs the alternative art space Videofag, out of a defunct barbershop in Toronto’s Kensington Market. His plays have been presented across Canada, and his films have been exhibited at venues such as the Toronto International Film Festival, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the British Film Institute. Jordan is the recipient of the 2014 Governor Generals Award for Drama for his book Age of Minority: Three Solo Plays, the 2014 John Hirsch Prize for directing, and Dora Awards for his plays rihannaboi95 in 2013 and Concord Floral in 2015. His latest book Theatre of the Unimpressed: In Search of Vital Drama was published by Coach House Press in April 2015 and was called “…”essential reading for anybody interested in the state of contemporary theatre and performance.”

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    The Aakash Odedra Company, based in the UK, performs works that incorporate South Asian classical dance into contemporary performance styles, engaging in collaborative works with other theatre artists.

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  • Let's Not Beat Each Other to Death, Accidental Mechanics Group, 2016 PuSh Festival

    The Accidental Mechanics Group was formed in order to facilitate the production and touring of original collaborations between Stewart Legere and Christian Barry – new works that explore and celebrate the nature of performance, persona and queer identity, employing whatever means necessary: storytelling, music, dance, media.

    At the centre of any Accidental Mechanics Group event is an intimate act of direct contact between the performer and the audience. A chance to say what we really think and feel. Right now. Today.

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    Camille Boitel is the winner of the first edition of the Jeunes Talents Cirque award. In 2002, he founded the Association Immédiat, which explores the discipline where body and movement are the main vectors for an overflowing project, long-term adventure.

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  • Harold Budd, 2016 PuSh Festival

    Harold Budd, an American composer and decades-long collaborator of music moguls, is a pioneer. Having worked with Brian Eno on numerous projects, Budd’s compositions are often classified as ambient, when in fact his body of work pushes the limits of categorization of musical genres and artistic forms; and yet, across his comprehensive oeuvre, a soft and elongated piano technique endures that is so unique as to require its own name, ‘soft pedal.’

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    Rob Calder has spent the better part of two decades navigating the music landscape. After touring worldwide with the indie project The Salteens and playing with bands like the Cave Singers, Stars, and 5440 he co-founded Boompa, an independent record label and artist management company which represents some of Canada’s diverse musical talent (Woodpigeon, The Belle Game, Dralms, We Are The City). Rob is also a seasoned producer, having executed photoshoots for Kokanee, Vitamin Water and Rolex as well as commercials for George Strombolopolous and Nikon. In 2010, Rob formed the creative agency, Secret Study, to connect brands with music in order to create meaningful experiences. Secret Study has now become a source for talent buying, music supervision, and consulting for companies like Telus, Fairmont Hotels, Hootsuite, Newcap, and Brand.Live. Most recently Rob has launched the live event platform Do604 in Vancouver to bring attention to the best of Vancouver’s art and culture scenes.

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    Cliff Cardinal is the recipient of the 2015 RBC Tarragon Emerging Playwright Prize. His work Huff was awarded the 2012 Buddies in Bad Times Vanguard Award for Risk and Innovation. Huff was first seen in Vancouver in 2014 at Club PuSh.

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    Mallory Catlett is a director/dramaturg of performances across disciplines –  from installation to opera. In 2014 This Was The End, her remix of Chehkov’s Uncle Vanya won an Obie and a Bessie. The dismantling and repurposing of stories that have already been told is a practice in transformation, an attempt to find away out and forward; and the mission of Restless NYC. Her work has toured internationally to Australia, France, the UK, the Netherlands and Canada (where she received her MFA from the School for Contemporary Art/SFU in Vancouver).

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  • Jack Charles V. the Crown, ILBIJERRI Theatre, 2016 PuSh Festival

    Jack Charles founded Australia’s first Aboriginal theatre, Nindethana, in 1972. He has performed in feature films, TV series and plays ranging from The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith to The Marriage of Figaro.

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    Nacera Belaza is an Algerian-born dancer and choreographer, now based in France. With Compagnie Nacera Belaza, she has created over a dozen works, performing them internationally. In 2015 she was named a Chevalier de l’ordre des arts et des lettres by the Ministry of Culture in France.

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    Etienne Manceau trained at The Centre for Circus Arts in Toulouse, France. He has worked as a street performer and juggler. He is the co-founder of the performance collective Compagnie Sacékripa.

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    Charles Demers is an author, stand-up comedian and adjunct professor of creative writing at The University of British Columbia. His collection of essays, Vancouver Special, was shortlisted for the Hubert Evans BC Book Prize for Non-Fiction. He is also the author of a novel, The Prescription Errors. His newest book (2015) is The Horrors: An A to Z of Funny Thoughts on Awful Things. He has performed for national television and radio audiences and at the Just for Laughs Festival. He is one of the most frequently returning stars of CBC Radio’s smash-hit comedy show The Debaters.

     

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  • Anthropologies Imaginaires, Gabriel Dharmoo, Music on Main, 2016 PuSh Festival

    Gabriel Dharmoo studied music at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, finishing with the highest distinction honoured. His works have been performed in North America, Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa, winning awards and wide acclaim. He has toured extensively as a vocalist.

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    Bradford Ellis is a composer/arranger/keyboardist/producer who has performed with many avant-garde ensembles, and has orchestrated and performed on numerous motion picture and television soundtracks.

  • Eye of Newt, Stefan Smulovitz, PuSh Festival

    Eye of Newt is a Vancouver ensemble of Vancouver’s most avant-garde musicians, led by Stefan Smulovitz, a highly accomplished musician (viola and laptop) and an award-winning composer. Widely known for remixing and rebooting soundtracks to classic films at their legendary silent summer nights blow-outs, Eye of Newt has previously collaborated with the PuSh Festival on The Passion of Joan of ArcThe GeneralDreamsBeauty and the Beast and Go West.

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    Daniel Fish is a New York based director who makes work across the boundaries of theater, video and opera. He draws on a broad range of forms and subject matter including plays, film scripts, contemporary fiction, essays and found audio. His work has been seen at theaters and festivals throughout the U.S. and Europe including, Vooruit, Festival TransAmériques, BAM Next Wave Festival, Noorderzon Festival, The Chocolate Factory, The Public Theater’s Under The Radar, Opera Philadelphia/Curtis Opera Theater, American Repertory Theater, Richard B. Fisher Center at Bard College, Yale Repertory Theater, McCarter Theater, Signature Theater, The Shakespeare Theater Company, The Juilliard School, Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus, Staatstheater Braunschweig, and The Royal Shakespeare Company.

    Residencies and commissions include The MacDowell Colony, Baryshnikov Arts Center, The Chocolate Factory, LMCC/ Governor’s Island and The Bushwick Starr. He has taught at The Juilliard School, The Yale School of Drama, Bard College, and Princeton University.

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  • Fond of Tigers, 2016 PuSh Festival

    Fond of Tigers is a Canadian seven-piece post-rock instrumental band from Vancouver. The group began in 2000 as a solo project of guitarist Stephen Lyons, and became a full band in 2003. After the demise of his adventurous pop band Beauventure, Lyons embarked on a solo career. But the lone-guitar-slinger project soon evolved to include playing along with tape loops and recorded drones.” On June 20, 2006, they released the debut a thing to live with. Their second album, Release the Saviours, was released on November 27, 2007. Their third album, Continent & Western was released on Sept. 21, 2010 and it won a Juno Award in the Instrumental Category in 2011.

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    the frank theatre company is Vancouver’s professional queer theatre, producing queer-themed stories for live theatre. the frank’s vision is a world where sexual and gender diversity is embraced and accepted everywhere and by everyone.

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    Godspeed You! Black Emperor is one of the key bands of the post-rock movement, known for their experimentation and ambition. Their apocalyptic, ghostly chamber rock invokes devotion and fervor amongst their legion of fans. The instrumental art-rock group, with a penchant for sampling found sounds and soaring, hypnotic compositions, has been, in their own words, “plowing our field on the margins of weird culture for almost 20 years.” Their death grip intent for anonymity, deeply political motivations and sporadic touring has pitched them to cult status. Founded in 1994, the band announced an indefinite hiatus in 2003, after four studio albums. They returned in 2010 to curate and perform at All Tomorrow’s Parties in the UK, and most recently released their highly anticipated fifth studio album, Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress in 2015.

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    The Holy Body Tattoo is a Vancouver-based dance company, founded in 1993 by Noam Gagnon and Dana Gingras. The company shot to fame as the punk darling of the international performing arts scene, with searing choreography and seamless multimedia performance. Their singular style of athletic, pummeling, adrenaline-pumping movement that combined cross-discipline collaborations with Canada’s leading visual and graphic artists, filmmakers, musicians and writers catapulted Vancouver dance into the world’s spotlight. Vanguard in shaking up the city’s reputation as a cultural backwater, they set the stage for an exciting new era of contemporary dance in Vancouver. monumental was the company’s fifth and final work, earning rave reviews when it premiered in 2005. After a 10-year hiatus, the company returns to the world tour circuit, kick started by a hometown performance at the 2016 PuSh Festival.

     

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  • A Living Documentary, Cynthia Hopkins, 2016 PuSh Festival

    Cynthia Hopkins is an internationally acclaimed musical performance artist: she writes and sings songs, records albums, and creates groundbreaking multi-media performance works that intertwine truth and fiction, blurring the lines between edification and entertainment. Through the process of making performances, she attempts to alchemize disturbance into works of intrigue and hope that simultaneously stimulate the senses, provoke emotion, and enliven the mind. She has produced six performance works and eight albums of original music. Her work has been honored with many awards, including the 2007 Alpert Award in Theater and a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship. She most recently premiered A Living Documentary, an experimental piece exploring the challenges of earning one’s living as a performing artist in the 21st century (performed in March 2014 at New York Live Arts); and is currently at work on a screenplay whose working title is Alcoholic Movie Musical (a tale of self-destruction and redemption).

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    Ian Ilavsky is co-founder of Constellation, a Montreal-based independent record label that has released over 100 albums since 1997, by the likes of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Do Make Say Think, Colin Stetson, Eric Chenaux, Sandro Perri, The Silver Mt Zion, Matana Roberts, Ought, Siskiyou, Esmerine and many others.  He has played in all sorts of punk, post-punk and experimental music ensembles over the past 25 years, and worked on many other projects as a composer, engineer and/or designer, among them the soundtrack for the award-winning documentary H2Oil, the sound mix for Esmerine’s Juno award-winning album Dalmak, sound design for the art installation work of Brad Todd, and graphic design for the Solidarity Across Borders newspaper.

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    ILBIJERRI is Australia’s leading and longest running Aboriginal theatre company, creatively controlled by Indigenous artists.

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  • Kenton Loewen, Eye of Newt, 2016 PuSh Festival

    Musically, experimentation and improvisation is at the heart of Kenton Loewen’s work, eradicating boundary and preconception of musician and listener.  Kenton has worked and played world wide for the last 20 years, touring with Submission Hold, Mother Mother, Peregrine Falls, Dan Mangan + Blacksmith, Boxcutter, The Gordon Grdina Trio and The Crackling to name a few working projects. He’s worked with several international players such as Mats Gustofsson, Fredrick Lunquist, Marc Helias, Tony Malaby, Evan Parker, Michael Moore Wilbert de Joode, Colin Stetson, Benoit Delbeq, Jeb Bishop, Eyvind Kang and Kent Kessler to name a few. Local collaborators include Giorgio Magnanensi, Coat Cooke, Francois Houle, Peter Hannan, Marc Destrebe, John Raham, Tony Wilson, Peggy Lee, Clyde Reed, Paul Plimely and so many more.

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    Jane Maru is a textile artist, illustrator, and visual artist who has spent many years exploring her craft in the silent, open spaces of the Mojave Desert.

  • The Society of the Spectacle (Director: Guy Debord), DJ Spooky, 2016 PuSh Festival

    Paul D. Miller a.k.a. DJ Spooky is a composer, multimedia artist and writer whose work immerses audiences in a blend of genres, global culture, and environmental and social issues. His large scale performance works include Rebirth of a Nation, Terra Nova: Sinfonia Antarctica, which was commissioned by the Brooklyn Academy of Music for the Next Wave Festival 2009, and Seoul Counterpoint, written during his residency at Seoul Institute of the Arts in 2014. Miller was the first Artist in Residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where he premiered his work A Civil War Symphony in 2013. In 2014, Miller was named a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, an honor recognizing visionaries at the forefront of global problem solving.  He recently released his fourth book The Imaginary App from MIT Press.

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    Rick Miller is a Dora and Gemini award-winning writer/director/actor/musician/educator who has performed in 5 languages on 5 continents and whom Entertainment Weekly called “one of the 100 most creative people alive today”. He has created and toured solo shows such as MacHomer, and (w. Daniel Brooks) Bigger Than Jesus and HARDSELL. With Robert Lepage, he has collaborated on Geometry of Miracles, Zulu Time, Lipsynch, and on the film Possible Worlds. Rick recently taught an interdisciplinary class at U of T called The Architecture of Creativity and co-starred in the Canadian premiere of Venus in Fur (Canadian Stage). He is also developing various projects in partnership with Kiddons (including BOOM and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea), all of which involve educational, environmental and youth-empowerment initiatives. Rick is from Montreal, but now lives in Toronto with his wife Stephanie Baptist and their 2 daughters.

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  • Rabih Mroue, 2016 PuSh Festival

    Rabih Mroué is a co-founder of the Beirut Art Centre and a fellow at The International Research Centre: Interweaving Performance Cultures/FU/Berlin. Mroué has been twice invited to the PuSh Festival, with Looking for a Missing Employee (2012) and Pixelated Revolution (2014), in conjunction with Nothing to Lose, an exhibition of his video work at the grunt gallery.

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    Native Earth Performing Arts is Canada’s oldest professional Indigenous theatre company. Currently in our 33rd year, we are dedicated to developing, producing and presenting professional artistic expressions of the Indigenous experience in Canada.

    Through stage productions (theatre, dance and multi-disciplinary art), new script development, apprenticeships and internships, Native Earth seeks to fulfill a community of artistic visions. It is a vision that is inclusive and reflective of the artistic directions of members of the Indigenous community who actively participate in the arts.

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    Founded in 1995, Neworld Theatre is one of Vancouver’s leading performance companies. Their work is preoccupied with questions of difference, power and belonging. They also like to make people laugh. They tour nationally and internationally, and offer engagement programs to a wide variety of community- based networks.

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  • Songs of Resilience, Queer Songbook Orchestra, 2016 PuSh Festival

    Formed in early 2014, the Queer Songbook Orchestra quickly established itself as a significant musical ensemble. Made up of a selection of professional queer and allied musicians from varying musical backgrounds, the QSO are amassing a catalogue of songs that have shaped the LGBTQ community. By commissioning top composers and arrangers from across Canada to reinterpret these songs, and by presenting them alongside their historical or personal significance to the community, the QSO combine music and storytelling to form a unique connection with the audience.

    The QSO recently developed a show in tribute to the late Billy Strayhorn on the occasion of the centennial of his birth, which debuted at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre during the Toronto Pride Festival, and this past August were featured as the opening night event of Ottawa’s Arboretum Festival.

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    Adriano Cortese is the artistic director of Ranters Theatre, which was established in 1994. Ranters is an artistic ensemble committed to creating original, contemporary performance that responds to the social and psychological contexts of everyday life. Their award-nominated productions have toured the world, from their native Australia to Wales, from Portugal to Turkey.

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    Antonette Rea has been performing publicly since 2008. She is a member of the Thursdays Writing Collective, a group of writers from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and is the subject of Gwen Haworth’s documentary A Woman with a Past (2014).

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    Roomful of Teeth was founded in 2009 and has performed works in collaboration with various composers including Rinde Eckert, Wally Gunn and Sam Amidon. Recent projects include their two studio albums and a music-driven documentary, The Colorado.

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    Pierre Godard and Liz Santoro have being collaborating closely for several years.

    Choreographer and dancer, Liz Santoro began her dance training at Boston Ballet School and with Marcus Schulkind. She then went on to study neuroscience at Harvard University where she received a Bachelor’s degree. She has worked with choreographers such as Alexandra Bachzetsis, Jack Ferver, Philipp Gehmacher, Trajal Harrell, Heather Kravas, David Wampach and Ann Liv Young.

    Originally educated as an engineer, Pierre Godard has worked, after beginning a career in finance, in the theater as a technician, assistant lighting designer, stage manager, assistant director, and director. After completing a masters in Natural Language Processing at the Sorbonne Nouvelle, he recently began a PhD at LIMSI-CNRS which focuses on probabilistic modeling for multi-Level and cross-lingual alignments.

    Their work, which examines the performative role of attention and the diametric relationship between watching and being watched, has been presented by Movement Research at the Judson Church, Danspace Project at St Marks Church, The Chocolate Factory Theater, Dance Theater Workshop and the Museum of Arts and Design in New York as well as at Théâtre de Vanves, Atelier de Paris – Carolyn Carlson, Centre Pompidou-Metz, in addition to festivals such as Actoral, Impulstanz, Entre Cour et Jardins, et American Realness. Their piece Watch It, in the version presented by Museum of Arts and Design in New York, received a Bessie Award in 2013. Their work has been supported by DRAC Ile-de-France, FUSED, and the Jerome Foundation.

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  • Stop the Violence, Human Library

    Stop the Violence is an organization in Copenhagen, Denmark. This non-governmental youth movement was initiated by the five young people (Dany Abergel, Asma Mouna, Christoffer Erichsen, Thomas Bertelsen and Ronni Abergel) who came together after a violent attack against a mutual friend. Their aim is to raise awareness and use peer education to mobilize  against violence.

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    Founded in 1994 and based in Toronto, Volcano is an international theatre company dedicated to using modern theatrical styles to explore questions of identity, politics and history. Its work has been presented to wide acclaim around the world.

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