PuSh 2010 Curatorial Statement: The Show Must Go On
January 04, 2010
By PuSh Festival Senior Curator Sherrie Johnson
My anticipation and excitement for The Show Must Go On is palpable. I have to confess I saw this show twice when I traveled to the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival to first see it – a very unusual practice for a busy curator who is trying to see as many shows as possible in a condensed period of time. If I could go to The Show Must Go On every evening in Vancouver, I would. In fact, in twenty years, it’s the first time in my life a show has struck such a chord with me that actually want to be a performer in the show!
Jerome Bel’s work has renewed my own commitment to my practice and re-established my faith in the power of performance. As an audience member participating in the evening, I was completely amazed by the transformation that occurred throughout the ninety minutes. To see a show affect an audience with such wonder and surprise night after night is a gift. This show requires you to be present and open – and is really about the clear and simple connection between the audience and the community on stage. The ingenuity, discipline, cleverness, honesty and minimalism of this piece certainly deserves the praise and attention heaped upon Mr. Bel for reinvigorating a performance movement. The Show Must Go On is a highlight for the 2010 PuSh Festival and if you haven’t already booked your tickets, you better do so quickly. The word of mouth on this show is sure to make it a hot ticket and you really don’t want to miss it!
The Show Must Go On is part of the 2010 PuSh International Performing Arts Festival and is presented with SFU Woodward’s and The Dance Centre. Jan 20-23, 2010 at 8:00pm, The Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre, SFU. Click here for full details.