PuSh 2022 Residencies

2022 DBLSPK: 菠蘿麵包Pineapple Bun Residency

co-produced with rice & beans theatre

DBLSPK highlights the linguistic and cultural diversity of our theatre community. The series began in 2017 with rice & beans theatre and Boca Del Lupo, inspired by their common interest in investigating what is lost and gained in translation. 

Working with artists who include elements of translation or multilingual storytelling, these residencies examine the relationship between language and culture within performance. At the close of each residency, excerpts from a play are performed in both original and translated languages. In addition to sections of staged readings, the artists engage in conversation with the audience, taking a deep dive into research topics related to the project.

So far, DBLSPK has featured artists who work with Spanish, Cantonese, Punjabi, Farsi, French, Korean, Polish, and Tagalog. 

DBLSPK: 菠蘿麵包Pineapple Bun by Howard Dai

A free 20-minute work-in-progress showing will be shared Jan 29 both in-person and online. There will be a post-show discussion after the showing to talk about the piece. Click here to register.

菠蘿麵包Pineapple Bun is a new play by Howard Dai. Revolving around a bakery in Taipei, the protagonist must confront their diasporic guilt as they visit their hometown. It is a study in nostalgia. A poem to the moon. A lottery. A legend. A tribute. A futile gesture. A testament of blind faith. A celebration of everyday hope.


photo by Helen Murray

The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival and Royal Court Theatre  Digital Residency Programme

PuSh Festival and the Royal Court Theatre (UK) will host two digital artist residencies; one for a Canadian artist with the Royal Court and the other for a UK artist with PuSh. The aim is to instigate brand-new conversations between artists and introduce their work to a new theatre culture and ecology. 

Each residency is a bespoke opportunity for the two selected artists, Enxi Chang and Howard Dai, to work on their work in progress. This process is fed by a series of remote encounters with artists and arts workers, curated by their host organisation. These could have a direct bearing on research, go on to seed potential collaboration, or offer direct dramaturgical support. The residency is also a time for the artist to get to know their host organisation, through discourse and the sharing of work. Enxi Chang and Howard Dai will be featured during the 2022 PuSh Festival Industry Series and Assembly.

Enxi Erskine Chang is a multidisciplinary writer, rapper, DJ, actor, spoken word poet and Mandarin translator working in theatre, music and film. Her work explores the intersections of queer mixed race diaspora identity and navigating the world as a Chinese trans woman.

She has performed at the Pleasance Theatre, Omnibus Theatre, Royal Court Theatre and Southbank Centre, and her work has been featured on Benjamin Zephaniah’s BAFTA-winning “Life and Rhymes”. 

Howard Dai is a Taiwanese actor, writer, and theatre artist. As a multilingual artist, he was most recently a co-creator/performer of 蝦仔 Little Shrimp, a bilingual audio play about intergenerational relationships within Chinese culture (Carousel Theatre).  He is currently writing a new play 菠蘿麵包Pineapple Bun that explores nostalgia and diasporic guilt set in quotidian Taiwan, supported by rice & beans theatre, PuSh Festival, and UK’s Royal Court Theatre.  Some other co-creation/performance credits in 2021 include: Passenger Seat, a theatre-concert (Library Performance Co.); Collider, a VR devising ensemble (Single Thread Theatre). He also went on a digital tour across Canada as a co-creator, performer, and digital programmer of New Societies (re:current theatre). Howard works on the unceded land belonging to the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Skxwú7mesh, and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ  Nations; colonially known as Vancouver. He is currently an Associate Artist with rice & beans theatre, and is a graduate of Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts