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PuSh’s work mostly takes place on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish First Nations, including:

xʷməθkʷəy̓əm Musqueam

Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Squamish

səlilwətaɬ Tsleil-Waututh

It is our duty to establish right relations with the people on whose stolen territories we live and work, and with the land itself.

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    • Theatre
    • Multimedia
    • Video Game

    asses.masses

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    Labour, technophobia, revolution… and donkeys collide in this unforgettable interactive experience. Get your ass to the theatre.

    Playing at Waterfront Theatre Waterfront Theatre

    Showing on Jan 20-Feb 3 Jan 20-Feb 3

    1. January 20 at
      1. 1pm
    2. January 27 at
      1. 1pm
    3. February 3 at
      1. 1pm
    • A wideshot of a person facing a projection on a stage. The projection is a glowing blue square pattern. There are light blue shards floating out from the square. The person is standing in the front row, with their arms slightly lifted on their sides.
    • “asses.masses, press X to begin,” in an 8-bit typeface, with a pixelated donkey in the background.
    • A person stands onstage facing a projected screen, the silhouettes of a seated audience behind them. On the screen grainy red video footage plays.
    • "Amid dark humour, fascinating worldbuilding, and multiple minigames (featuring homages to popular games like Pokémon and Metal Gear), asses.masses brings up compelling moral, philosophical, and spiritual questions. Strong character writing paired with well-timed sound effects and music cues carry the emotional side of the story.” –Kingston Theatre Alliance
    • A person stands up in a theatre facing the screen, with seated audience members around them. On the screen are silhouetted floating islands atop a layer of clouds, with sunlight fiercely shining through heavy clouds.
    • The donkeys are rising up. In this witty, provocative exploration of social change, audiences work together to play an epic video game about a donkey revolution. This is Animal Farm meets Pokémon meets Final Fantasy. No previous gaming experience required.
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    • Theatre
    • Dance

    because i love the diversity (this micro-attitude, we all have it)

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    With his semi-improvisational, trance-like movement renowned across the globe, Rakesh Sukesh explores racism, representation and their effects on body, mind and our relationship to art.

    Presenting Partners

    • Indian Summer Festival
    • The Cultch

    Playing at Performance Works Performance Works

    Showing on Jan 22-24 Jan 22-24

    1. January 22 at
      1. 7:30
    2. January 23 at
      1. 7:30
    3. January 24 at
      1. 7:30
    • Rakesh Sukesh was made into a poster boy for a right wing channel’s campaign against immigration. How did being rendered into a viral, racist symbol affect him and his relationship to other, mostly white, loving artists? Rakesh shares this journey through his powerful semi-improvisational, trace-like movement revered across the globe.
    • Blurred photograph of Rakesh Sukesh. His face and bare torso are painted with geometric black and white shapes. His right arm is raised in front of his face and left arm in front of his torso. The background is brown and grey fog.
    • Rakesh Sukesh, with shaved head and beard, twists his torso while facing backward, arm outstretched. He is wearing a tracksuit and the room is bathed in purple light. In the background, several people sitting against a wood wall watch raptly. Subtitled “She said why don’t you make this more sophisticated”
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    BLOT – Body Line of Thought

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    We are sweat, muscle and microbiome. Dancers, salt and bacteria combine to redefine how we see our physical selves and, in turn, our interconnectedness.

    Playing at Left of Main Left of Main

    Showing on Jan 22-23 Jan 22-23

    1. January 22 at
      1. 7:30
    2. January 23 at
      1. 7:30
    • Our bodies are strong and fragile. BLOT redefines how we see our physical selves and their relationship to the world. In a stark set reminiscent of a science lab, two dancers observe the intricacies of the body and using salt, microbiome and physiology demonstrate how interconnected we truly are.
    • Closeup of a naked person with brown hair in a tight bun, that cuts to them crouched and leaning over with arms outstretched to reveal an electronic device on their arm.
    • "A captivating exploration of the complex nature of human identity... revealing the intricacies of each individual's unique microbial footprint and the symbiotic relationship we share with bacteria." –Elena Angelova, Scenart Magazine
    • A wide shot of a person contorting their body. They are bending down to reach for the floor, with their torso tilted to the left.
    • "The perfect choreographic and performance work creates a complete and convincing stage world." –Mila Iskrenova, Culture Centre
    • A wide shot of a person contorting their body. They are bending down to reach for the floor, with their torso tilted to the right.
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    Club PuSh

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    Get ready for an electrifying night at Club PuSh.

    Presenting Partners

    • the frank theatre
    • Talking Stick Festival

    Playing at Performance Works Performance Works

    Showing on Jan 26-27 Jan 26-27

    1. January 26 at
      1. 9pm
    2. January 27 at
      1. 9pm
    • Dance
    • SFU 15

    DARKMATTER

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    DARKMATTER transcends dimension and form, moving with otherworldly intensity through a collision of gritty physicality and metaphysical possibility to reimagine the way we look at our own and other bodies.

    Presenting Partner

    • SFU Woodward's Cultural Programs

    Playing at SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre)  SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre) 

    Showing on Jan 29-31; Online Jan 29-Feb 4 Jan 29-31; Online Jan 29-Feb 4

    1. January 29 at
      1. 7:30; Online
    2. January 30 at
      1. 7:30; Online
    3. January 31 at
      1. 7:30; Online
    4. February 1 at
      1. Online
    5. February 2 at
      1. Online
    6. February 3 at
      1. Online
    7. February 4 at
      1. Online
    • Two Black performers captured intensely mid-dance. The Black man on the left has a buzzcut, one of his arms is raised, with both hands in a fist. The Black man on the right has long hair, posing similarly, except with one hand open. They are both looking at the ground.
    • "This piece makes you curious to see and know everything about Cherish Menzo, who imposes a presence on the stage that borders on that of a video game. She blurs the lines and makes our eyes bug out." –Amélie Blaustein Niddam, Toute La Culture
    • A trail of fog emits from a smoke machine, held by a Black person wearing black pants whose mouth is open in a smile or call. A ink-covered canvas tarp sprawls on the ground.
    • "Impressive from start to finish... [DARKMATTER] starts intriguing before becoming utterly captivating and has us on the edge of our seats by the end." –Jean-Marie Wynants, Le Soir
    • Closeup of a Black person speaking, then cuts to two silhouetted slow-mo dancers against a blue backdrop.
    • Two silhouetted people dance with arms raised, against a tall blue streaky backdrop.
    • "Not only a fascinating descent into the heart of the darkness that lurks within us all, but also a poetic critique of representation that celebrates the richness of being Black." –Charlotte De Somviele, De Standaard
    • PuSh @ SFU Woodward's Anniversary Series
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    Dear Laila

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    In this award-winning, immersive installation, participants experience a model of the artist’s childhood home in the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp, Damascus.

    Presenting Partners

    • Boca del Lupo
    • Pandemic Theatre

    Playing at Boca del Lupo's Studio: The Fishbowl on Granville Island Boca del Lupo's Studio: The Fishbowl on Granville Island

    Showing on Jan 20-Feb 3 Jan 20-Feb 3

    1. January 20 at
      1. 12:20-7:20, every 20min
    2. January 21 at
      1. 12:20-7:20, every 20min
    3. January 23 at
      1. 12:20-7:20, every 20min
    4. January 24 at
      1. 12:20-7:20, every 20min
    5. January 25 at
      1. 12:20-7:20, every 20min
    6. January 26 at
      1. 12:20-7:20, every 20min
    7. January 27 at
      1. 12:20-7:20, every 20min
    8. January 30 at
      1. 12:20-7:20, every 20min
    9. January 31 at
      1. 12:20-7:20, every 20min
    10. February 1 at
      1. 12:20-7:20, every 20min
    11. February 2 at
      1. 12:20-7:20, every 20min
    12. February 3 at
      1. 12:20-7:20, every 20min
    • A woman smiling and curiously sniffing a jar full of herbs. She appears to be looking at an ornate box containing letters, a stack of cards, a small diorama of a building, a tabletop cactus, and a tiny jar.
    • Basel Zaraa invites you to experience a model of his childhood home in the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp, Damascus. Inhale sage, open drawers, leaf through books. This award-winning immersive installation speaks of joy, family and the beauty of community in the face of ongoing displacement.
    • Closeup of a hand holding a large metal key. In the background on a table sits a miniature replica of an apartment building, a potted plant, and ornamental box.
    • Closeup of a framed photo on a desk of a woman wearing a hijab sitting with two small children. A paper note beside reads, “Open the big drawer in front of you, There is something from your grandad inside.”
    • Closeup of a hand pulling open a drawer to reveal a floral ornamental pattern inside.
    • Winner of the 2023 Audience Award at Zürcher Theater Spektakel
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    Deciphers

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    An interrogation of the complexities of understanding and language in a mesmerizing work embracing elements of Chinese Folk Dance, Brazilian dance styles and inked paper.

    Presenting Partner

    • New Works

    Playing at Scotiabank Dance Centre Scotiabank Dance Centre

    Showing on Jan 26-28 Jan 26-28

    1. January 26 at
      1. 8pm
    2. January 27 at
      1. 8pm
    3. January 28 at
      1. 2pm
    • A black and white photo of two performers on the floor. The performer on the left hides their face with their body tensed. The performer on the right is looking up. Their neck is outstretched, with one leg extended, and one hand pressed on the floor.
    • Jean Abreu and Naishi Wang, both dressed in dirty sweatshirts, converse rhythmically and enthusiastically, making emphatic hand gestures towards each other.
    • Mesmerizing in concept and movement, Deciphers underscores the body as a primal source for meaning. Co-performers and choreographers decipher each other, and the languages that ground them, through intense, physical performance embracing elements of Chinese Folk Dance, Brazilian dance styles, spoken word and ink on paper.
    • Black and white photograph of Jean Abreu and Naishi Wang. Both are dressed in dirty sweatshirts, facing in opposite directions and looking up while leading back.
    • Black-and-white closeup of a person wearing a dirty white sweatshirt with a wrinkled, charcoal-stained length of paper wrapped around their arm.
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    Inheritances

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    Celebrated contemporary pianist Adam Tendler performs 16 original compositions in a bold, intimate meditation on inheritance and legacy.

    Presenting Partner

    • Music on Main

    Playing at ANNEX ANNEX

    Showing on Jan 24-25 Jan 24-25

    1. January 24 at
      1. 7:30
    2. January 25 at
      1. 7:30
    • Adam Tendler, one of the most celebrated contemporary pianists in the world, performs 16 pieces that reflect the complexity of inheritance—in all its forms—through original musical compositions. This is a bold, tender foray into the meaning of legacy, and a meditation on how we honour the past—and the future.
    • A photo of a man playing the piano. The photo is slightly blurred, the man faces the camera with what appears to be a melancholic expression.
    • "Not only a display of contemporary compositional force, but also a true show…with a sense of true dramatic stakes." —The New York Times
    • A person with short hair and beard, wearing a black shirt, plays enthusiastically on a grand piano in to a shadowed audience.
    • A person with short hair and beard, wearing a white polo shirt, plays at piano. Caption reads “But, when it happened, the gift was as bizarre as it was unexpected”.
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    • Music
    • Multimedia
    • SFU 15

    L’amour telle une cathédrale ensevelie

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    As poetic as it is political, L'Amour telle une cathédrale ensevelie tells the story of exiled Haitian families through opera-theatre.

    Presenting Partners

    • Théâtre la Seizième
    • SFU Woodward's Cultural Programs

    Playing at SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre)  SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre) 

    Showing on Feb 3-4 Feb 3-4

    1. February 3 at
      1. 7:30
    2. February 4 at
      1. 2:00
    • A man with graying hair sits on the backrest of the sofa clutching it tightly. Beside him, is a Black woman who appears to be sleeping, her feet hanging off the edge of the seat.
    • A story of exiled Haitian families as told through opera-theatre with staggering subtlety. A Creole and French chorus, accompanied by Haitian classical guitar, explores migration, displacement and human rights in a profoundly moving ode to all those in search of a promised land.
    • Two performers sit onstage, singing towards the camera. Caption reads “despite the breadth of MISFORTUNE / despite the depth of FEAR”
    • «Choc de beauté, choc “politique”, cette tragédie a bouleversé, subjugué, le public qui l’a ovationnée.» –Le Populaire
    • A Black woman kneels against a couch in a praying stance before a yellow backdrop. An older man with grey beard lays on the ground below, arm outstretched.
    • "A shock of beauty, a 'political' shock, this tragedy overwhelmed and subjugated the audience, who gave it a standing ovation." –Le Populaire
    • «L’artiste haïtien mélange les genres, détourne les clichés et propose une pièce d’une puissance renversante.» –Igor Hansen-Løve, Sceneweb
    • Five performers onstage all dressed in black, singing emphatically with arms outstretched. The person on the very left plays an acoustic guitar. In the background is a blurry scene of people against a hilly landscape.
    • "The Haitian artist mixes genres, hijacks clichés and delivers a piece of staggering power." –Igor Hansen-Løve, Sceneweb
    • PuSh @ SFU Woodward's Anniversary Series
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    LORENZO

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    An unflinching documentation of the reality of caring for an aging loved one, Ben Target’s LORENZO interweaves melancholy and hilarity in a heartfelt ode to what it means to love.

    Playing at ANNEX ANNEX

    Showing on Jan 18-20 Jan 18-20

    1. January 18 at
      1. 7:30
    2. January 19 at
      1. 7:30
    3. January 20 at
      1. 7:30
    • A man holds a butcher’s knife and long stick as he gazes at the audience.
    • Ben Target paces across a stage. Caption reads “End-of-life care comedy is joyful and surprising” –The Guardian, four stars.
    • During the COVID-19 pandemic, Ben Target gave up his comedy career to look after his octogenarian uncle, Lorenzo. In this autobiographical hour of storytelling, pathos, and live carpentry, he interweaves melancholy and hilarity to share a heartfelt ode to what it means to love and to care.
    • “A spellbinding piece that burns with feeling … A knockout piece of theatre with insight and humour” –The List (5 stars)
    • Ben Target, wearing white beanie and boiler suit, holds their chest while looking down at a wooden desk. On the desk sits a wooden panel with silhouetted paper-cut artwork.
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    • Dance
    • Multimedia
    • Circus

    NOMADA

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    NOMADA combines contemporary Mexican Indigenous dance, aerial performance and set design into a physical and spiritual act of renewal.

    Playing at ANNEX ANNEX

    Showing on Feb 1-3 Feb 1-3

    1. February 1 at
      1. 7:30
    2. February 2 at
      1. 7:30
    3. February 3 at
      1. 2pm
    • Solo artist Diana Lopez Soto honours her Otomi and Purepecha ancestry and delves into the heart of our connections to land, water and history. Contemporary Mexican Indigenous dance, aerial performance and stunning set design combine for a journey as elemental as it is profound.
    • A photo of a woman balancing on two pots. A scarf is draped over her head. She is holding another pot up with stretched arms.
    • A female performer is suspended midair, legs wrapped around a pot in a kneeling position. Cut to the performer swinging from ropes overhead.
    • A woman balances on clay pots arranged in a circle, a scarf draped over her head. Small grains are scattered on the dark floor.
    • A performer is suspended upside down in the air, body in a straight line. A clay jug with grains spilling out obscures her face.
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    • Dance
    • Circus
    • Performative Sculpture

    PLI

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    A circus artist moves through an entirely paper set—like a vast, changing playground—in a visually stunning and philosophical ode to transformation.

    Presenting Partner

    • Chutzpah! Festival

    Playing at Vancouver Playhouse Vancouver Playhouse

    Showing on Feb 2-3, In-Person and Online Feb 2-3, In-Person and Online

    1. February 2 at
      1. 7:30 & Online
    2. February 3 at
      1. 7:30 & Online
    3. February 4 at
      1. Online
    • “In building this fragile body from the material used for her equipment and set design, the circus artist revives the concept of taking risks and immerses herself in a unique visual world.” Toute la Culture
    • A person with dark curly hair dressed in black is stiffly suspended in the air, harnessed by and holding thick rope. Below are three undulating swaths of paper suspended horizontally.
    • A performer hangs suspended in midair, hand outstretched upward as if flying. Draped around them are large swaths of paper that capture light shining through.
    • A performer gracefully gestures to the ground beside a pole of twisted branches.They are wearing a light fabric with paper like texture covering their torso, one arm and leg. The garment drapes on their body as if it is floating.
    • A silhouetted figure walks past a canopy made of long lengths of paper; cut to the canopy rising as the papers ripple.
    • In PLI, paper becomes a playground. This visually stunning, philosophical work considers risk and transformation, as told through a circus artist moving through a set made entirely of paper—like a vast, changing sculpture. The relationship between body and paper offers a new conversation about the relationship between strength and vulnerability.
    • “This is without a doubt one of the most promising shows of the season.” –Télérama
    • “With PLI, Inbal Ben Haim gives us a circus performance where acrobatics are not an end in themselves but part of a living organism.” –Sceneweb
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    Ramanenjana

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    Reality and speculation, ecstatic motion and fascinating research combine in this captivating docufiction performance about a dance that made history.

    Presenting Partners

    • Inner Fish
    • The Dance Centre

    Playing at Scotiabank Dance Centre Scotiabank Dance Centre

    Showing on Jan 19-21; Online Jan 19-Feb 4 Jan 19-21; Online Jan 19-Feb 4

    1. January 19 at
      1. 8:00; Online
    2. January 20 at
      1. 8:00; Online
    3. January 21 at
      1. 2:00, Online
    4. January 22 at
      1. Online
    5. January 23 at
      1. Online
    6. January 24 at
      1. Online
    7. January 25 at
      1. Online
    8. January 26 at
      1. Online
    9. January 27 at
      1. Online
    10. January 28 at
      1. Online
    11. January 29 at
      1. Online
    12. January 30 at
      1. Online
    13. January 31 at
      1. Online
    14. February 1 at
      1. Online
    15. February 2 at
      1. Online
    16. February 3 at
      1. Online
    17. February 4 at
      1. Online
    • A captivating docufiction performance about a dance that made history, when thousands of people in Madagascar danced to drums in the capital city for weeks, as if hallucinating. Three versatile performers tell the story of the event, and the social movement it prompted, through multimedia and ecstatic motion.
    • Two performers holding their faces to show their wide eyes. They are both sitting on chairs with their feet apart. There is a stack of books in the foreground of the image.
    • Wide shot of two performers dancing in the dark. In the foreground, out of focus, the performer is hunched over. In the background, the performer looks directly into the camera, hip cocked while making a finger-gun pose.
    • Closeup of a female performer speaking into a small headset, with fingers raised together beside her face.
    • Two performers stand silhouetted onstage. Projected behind them is a person sitting a brightly patterned room, captioned “The tablet is not for the Ramanenjana stuff The medicine, tablet is not…”
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    • Installation

    Returns

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    Artist Nellie Gossen disassembles and reassembles retail clothing over 30 days in a fascinating, inherently political artistic enquiry combining dance, labour and garment fabrication.

    Presenting Partner

    • The Dance Centre

    Playing at Scotiabank Dance Centre Scotiabank Dance Centre

    Showing on Jan 7-Feb 3 Jan 7-Feb 3

    1. January 18 at
      1. 1-4pm
    2. January 19 at
      1. 1-4pm
    3. January 20 at
      1. 1-4pm
    4. January 21 at
      1. 5-8pm
    5. January 23 at
      1. 1-4pm
    6. January 26 at
      1. 1-4pm
    7. January 27 at
      1. 1-4pm
    8. January 28 at
      1. 5-8pm
    9. January 29 at
      1. 5-8pm
    10. January 30 at
      1. 1-4pm
    11. February 1 at
      1. 5-8pm
    12. February 2 at
      1. 5-8pm
    13. February 3 at
      1. 5-8pm
    • Playing with the 30-day retail return policy, Nellie Gossen disassembles retail clothing to create an ever-shifting sculptural installation. Returns offers a new way to engage with exploitative systems through an imaginative convergence of dance, labour and garment fabrication.
    • A person standing in an uneven stance with one leg far behind the other. The person is wearing a shirt that is pulled over their head and torso, and red socks with holes in them.
    • A woman lies on a white surface covered in fabric with only her nose and mouth exposed.
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    • Installation
    • Multimedia

    Same Difference

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    A fascinating mixed media performance installation utilizing mirrors, projections, neon lights and video, inviting you into an ever-shifting environment to consider identity, immigration and belonging.

    Presenting Partner

    • Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre

    Playing at Roundhouse Performance Centre Roundhouse Performance Centre

    Showing on Jan 24-28 Jan 24-28

    1. January 24 at
      1. 6 & 8pm
    2. January 25 at
      1. 6 & 8pm
    3. January 26 at
      1. 6 & 8pm
    4. January 27 at
      1. 6 & 8pm
    5. January 28 at
      1. 2 & 4pm
    • A wide shot of a stage bathed in purple and pink lights. A man’s face is projected onto screens facing each other.
    • How much sameness and difference do we need to feel like we belong? Wander through an ever-shifting architecture of mirrors, music and projections to encounter yourself and each other in new ways. The installation explores immigration and belonging extrapolated from the political into a wider context of identity, individuality and belonging.
    • A dark stage illuminated by occasional spotlights. Under two of the spotlights stand silhouetted figures.
    • “This piece does something incredible, in that it inspires the audiences to take agency and explore” –Alexander Franks, My Entertainment World
    • Three people stand observing a transparent screen projected with images that reflect back onto the dark floor. The projections show a face tinted yellow, outlined by several frames of atmospheric green, white, and blue textures. A spotlight cuts through the dark background.
    • "David Mesiha has created a complex, subtle, provocative installation to challenge our every perception. Wonderful.” –The Slokin Letter
    • Two triptychs of transparent screens facing each other with projected faces and words in blue, pink, and green light. People stand on the floor, bathed in the projected light.
    • A triptych of transparent screens with magenta, turquoise, and yellow projections casts long reflections on the ground. Observers walk around the dark room, bathed in the light of the projections.
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    • Music

    Sound of the Beast

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    Sharing an urgent, subversively funny perspective on injustice, Donna-Michelle St. Bernard spits rhymes like fire in the face of oppression.

    Presenting Partners

    • Rumble Theatre
    • Vancouver Poetry House
    • Pandemic Theatre

    Playing at Revue Stage Revue Stage

    Showing on Jan 20-23 Jan 20-23

    1. January 20 at
      1. 7:30
    2. January 21 at
      1. 2:00
    3. January 23 at
      1. 7:30
    • A person half-kneeling with crossed arms while holding a mic. The person is looking up at the light, There is a woman projected behind them.
    • An urgent, subversively funny perspective on injustice, Sound of the Beast combines storytelling, hip-hop and the magnetic warmth of Donna-Michelle St. Bernard. Celebrating the political activism of conscious rap and contrasting it with policing in Black communities, this show is one of profound poetic justice.
    • Closeup of Donna-Michelle St. Bernard dancing and grooving with lips pursed and arms up.
    • Donna-Michelle St. Bernard, a Black woman wearing red eyeglasses, sits on an upturned milk grate, counting on her fingers and speaking.
    • “Sound of the Beast is a challenging, powerful work” –Mooney on Theatre
    • “Donna-Michelle St. Bernard is a mercurial talent — emcee, theatre artist, and award-winning playwright.” –Toronto Star
    • “Sound of the Beast is an unusual, disarming display of poetic justice” –The Globe and Mail
    • Donna-Michelle St. Bernard sings with both arms and hands outstretched.
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    • SFU 15

    The Runner

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    A powerful tour de force, The Runner offers an unexpected, harrowing and ultimately hopeful path.

    Presenting Partners

    • SFU Woodward's Cultural Programs
    • Touchstone Theatre

    Playing at SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre)  SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre) 

    Showing on Jan 24-26 Jan 24-26

    1. January 24 at
      1. 7:30
    2. January 25 at
      1. 7:30
    3. January 26 at
      1. 7:30
    • When Jacob, an Orthodox jew, makes a split-second decision of who to help, his world comes crashing down. Urgent, visceral and complex, The Runner invites us into a nuanced exploration of our shared humanity and the value of kindness.
    • A man in a reflective safety jacket with his hands up and head tilted down. There is a light casting down on him creating light shadows in the image.
    • Wide shot of a person cast in shadow, running in place.
    • A man dressed in a yellow vest stands against a dark background, pointing and talking towards the viewer.
    • PuSh @ SFU Woodward's Anniversary Series
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    The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes

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    Deeply original and audaciously witty, this staged community hall meeting probes human rights, disability advocacy and AI.

    Presenting Partners

    • Neworld Theatre
    • The Cultch

    Playing at York Theatre York Theatre

    Showing on Feb 1-3; Online Feb 1-4 Feb 1-3; Online Feb 1-4

    1. February 1 at
      1. 7:30; Online
    2. February 2 at
      1. 7:30; Online
    3. February 3 at
      1. 2:00;
      2. 7:30; Online
    4. February 4 at
      1. Online
    • A man sits on a couch leaning away from what appears to be a taxidermy tiger. Behind him is a wall of mounted animal taxidermy heads.
    • Two people stand on stage, each holding the ends of an outstretched measuring tape. The person on the left is tall and bearded, wearing ripped denim jacket and jeans, with a grey hoodie and headphones around their neck. The person on the right is shorter, with short hair, red jacket, red-and-white button-up shirt, and blue paints.
    • A sly theatrical revelation, The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes asks how we collectively make decisions in the best interest of a civic society. An ever-evolving community hall meeting weaves through human rights, sexual politics and the projected dominance of AI with raw wit and intrigue.
    • Four people sit in chairs on a stage, with one person standing in front speaking. Caption reads, “People with intellectual disabilities, including me, having a meeting, a bit of a gathering together”.
    • A tall, barded person stands at a raised metal platform, suspended in air. They are wearing ripped denim jacket and jeans, with a grey hoodie and headphones around their neck, illuminated by a spotlight. A screen behind them reads “people are too uneducated to understand me_”
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