Artists

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    From its home base in Halifax to the far reaches of the globe, 2b has been presenting dynamic, innovative original works to audiences since 2004. Director Christian Barry, a co-founder of the company, brought its The God That Comes to PuSh in 2013. 

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    The 6th Man Collective formed in 2008, when a group of theatre pros began meeting at an outdoor basketball court in Toronto for Monday night games. Its founding members are Byron Abalos, Richard Lee, Darrel Gamotin, Colin Doyle and Sarah Miller; from b-ball skills to theatrical talents, all of them bring something unique to the court. 

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    Since 2009, 600 HIGHWAYMEN has been staging performances written and directed by founders Abigail Browde and Michael Silverstone. Its works are unashamedly emotional, and through them the company seeks to present new ways of perceiving the contemporary world. 600 HIGHWAYMEN has been applauded and awarded internationally—from Austin to Zurich and many places in between.

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    Back to Back Theatre operates from Geelong, Australia, but it’s known around the world for its experiments in empowerment. The company seeks to give voice to the marginalized and to question boundaries—not only those of theatre, but of human society in general. Its work places special emphasis on dialogue with the audience.

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    Founded in 2006, The Chop is a Vancouver-based theatre company. Always seeking new ways to connect with audiences, it has acquired a reputation for producing complex work from simple animating concepts. The Chop has toured original projects in Canada, the United States and Europe.

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    A founding member of neo-troupe Sweet Soul Burlesque, Crystal Precious shines as an MC, dancer and storyteller. For 15 years, she’s made moves in Vancouver’s underground hip hop and burlesque spaces, acting as a rebuke to sexism, misogyny and fat-phobia in the city’s nightlife culture.

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    The Electric Company is based in Vancouver, but it creates works for national and global as well as local audiences. Collaboration and experimentation are the company’s hallmarks; it seeks to expand the possibilities of live theatre and explore universal concerns. Previous PuSh performances include Studies in Motion (2006) and Palace Grand (2009). 

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    Founded in 2006 by Jojo Zolina, House of La Douche is on a mission to bolster creativity and innovation in the queer arts scene. The group has seen the bright lights of Las Vegas and been documented on CNN, but fame will never change them: they’re down-and-dirty fighters for freedom, beauty and pride.

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    The multi-talented, multilingual artist Jaha Koo creates theatre and performance works with text, video and music; he’s also a recording artist who goes by the handle GuJAHA. Known for taking a highly personal approach to politics, he’s currently constructing a trilogy of works entitled Hamartia, of which Cuckoo is the second part.

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    In presenting the works of Robert Leveroos and his collaborators, Macromatter mixes live performance, rich visual design, animation and more; the result is genre-defying, intensely physical theatrical art. Macromatter has wowed audiences of all ages at festivals in North America, Europe and Asia. 

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    Mike Bourscheid’s work blurs the lines between design, sculpture and performance; he’s given to expressing gender fluidity and sending up macho, patriarchal norms. He has had the honour of representing Luxembourg at the Venice Biennale, and he has presented his work in the USA, Germany, Canada and elsewhere across the globe.

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    Justine A. Chambers is a dance artist based in the unceded Coast Salish territories of the Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. Her work stresses collaboration, empathy and the choreography that she sees in everyday social behaviour; it has taken her from Hong Kong to Pennsylvania, as well as many festivals and venues across Canada. 

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    The work of Myles de Bastion encompasses activism, mentorship, music and technological innovation. He works to create spaces and standards that are inclusive of the Deaf community, and to expand the sensory experiences of all audiences. He is the founder of non-profit CymaSpace, and his work has appeared everywhere from the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry to the Jimmy Kimmel Live! Show

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    With her mixture of sugary pop appeal, caustic wit and all-around creativity, Pearle Harbour has made a cannonball splash in Toronto’s performance scene. She’s won multiple awards for her work, which has been featured at the Cultch, Second City, the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival and many other venues across Canada.

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    PME-ART is a loose collective of artists who practise many disciplines; what unites them is an engagement with the ethics of collaboration. The group’s projects are a negotiation between structure and spontaneity, and have involved literature, visual art, music and more, often in very creative combinations. 

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    Writer, director and actor Quelemia Sparrow is a proud member of the Musqueam nation. A graduate of the Studio 58 theatre program, she has applied her performing skills everywhere from Bard on the Beach to television to works of independent theatre. As a writer, she’s worked in film and podcasting, and her directing credits include Salmon Girl and Oleanna.

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    Spreafico Eckly produces collaborative art in a variety of forms; among its special concerns are the ways in which the past informs the present. The company has a unique creative process: it begins with a specific topic and develops a format through creative exchange and experimentation. Also important to Spreafico Eckly is a close, interactive relationship with its audiences. 

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    Theatre Replacement’s James Long and Maiko Yamamoto like to build outwards from simple concepts, creating works that use conversation to explore the ways we live with each other. The two artists seek to portray the flux of argument and dialogue, and their creations have a powerful immediacy to them. Theatre Replacement’s work has been performed at over 50 festivals around the world, and in 2019 the company was awarded the prestigious Siminovitch Prize for “excellence and innovation in Canadian Theatre.” 

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    Tania El Khoury builds her installation and performance work around audience participation—its uses, its dangers and its political power. Her works have been presented in over 30 countries; she is a 2019 Soros Art Fellow and the winner of the 2017 ANTI Festival International Prize for live art. 

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    Writer, performer and director Ursula Martinez hails from the U.K. She was quick to rise on the London cabaret scene, and soon thereafter came into prominence in the theatre world with shows including A Family Outing. She is an associate artist with the performance group Duckie; their C’est Duckie! won them an Olivier Award.

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    Since her 1992 cassette debut Songs about people and buildings, Vancouver’s own Veda Hille has been a major presence in the indie music scene. This very versatile artist has also composed for dance and theatre; one recent coup was her music for King Arthur’s Night, a smash hit at PuSh 2018.

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    The Theatre Centre works with a mandate to foster the live arts, and in doing so it has nurtured, mentored and funded some of Canada’s greatest performers, playwrights, directors and performance companies. The organization seeks to provide opportunities to artists who push the boundaries of form; it embraces new media, dance, visual arts and more, recognizing their place in a truly inclusive, truly adventurous theatrical culture. 

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    Based in Vancouver, the Frank holds a special distinction: it is the only queer-mandated professional theatre company in the city. Its mission to is to promote sex-positivity; ethnic inclusivity; queer and genderqueer expression; and sexual diversity through the expressive power of art. Since its founding in 2002, the Frank has produced 20 mainstage shows and much other work besides, in addition to creating a writing program for queer youth.

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    David Suzuki is perhaps best known as the host of CBC’s The Nature of Things, but his struggles on behalf of the environment have also contributed to his renown. David has written, spoken and marched for his chosen cause; in 1990 he established the David Suzuki Foundation, an organization that provides information, assists in legal challenges and works with governments and other NGOs, all in the service of protecting our shared habitat.

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    Tara Cullis is an award-winning writer and a former lecturer at Harvard who left academia to concentrate on ecological activism. She is co-founder and President of the David Suzuki Foundation, and her struggles on behalf of the environment have led her to Southeast Asia, the Amazon Rainforest and the Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia. In seeking to protect the latter region, Tara helped foster an historic alliance of coastal Indigenous peoples; she has since been adopted and named by the Haida, Gitga’at, Heltsuk and Nam’gis First Nations.

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    Besides dance, Dana Gingras and Animals of Distinction have explored film, design, visual art and more. Their impulse to mine different media has brought them into collaboration with many great artists, and now it brings them to Fly Pan Am, who emerged from Montreal’s experimental rock scene in 1996 and have since become underground legends.

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    Founded in 2006, City Opera Vancouver is wide-ranging and adventurous in its practice; from recitals to concerts to theatrical productions, it brings the art form to new audiences every year. The group performs opera from each period of its existence, going all the way back to its beginnings in the 1600s, and it also commissions works from Canadian composers.

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    Wen Wei Dance uses choreography and visual design to bring diverse cultural experiences to life. Artistic Director Wen Wei Wang has a truly unique sensibility, and with his collaborators he creates rich, fully imagined worlds onstage. Founded in 2003, WWD has performed its work across Canada and at international festivals including the Venice Biennale.

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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.

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