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Club PuSh 2022

Showing on Feb 2-4

Playing at Performance Works

A DJ with long hair wearing a wide-brimmed hat and hoodie performs. The background is a projection of blue, red, and purple abstract shapes with rays beaming out from the centre. Silhouettes of people with raised hands line the bottom.

frank theatre company | Talking Stick | Eclectic Entertainment

If you’re looking to keep the PuSh vibes going this is the place to be. Club PuSh is a spot where you can connect with our artists and fellow PuSh-goers. It’s also the venue for fantastic performances in a relaxed, casual atmosphere: drag artists, DJs, and musicians are all here. We’re thrilled to provide a convivial and comfortable setting for our audiences to gather, while conforming to current BC Covid rules. We hope to see you here! 

Artwork by Katie So

the frank theatre company @ Club PuSh – Feb 2

After How to Fail as a Popstar, come join us for a celebration of the queer art of failure! This soiree features a One Hit Wonder costume contest, as well as musical acts, a DJ, and some drop-dead-gorgeous drag artists strutting their stuff and doing loving renditions of pop classics. The style is immersive and casual, with performance spaces placed throughout the venue to blur the line between audience and artist. It’s the perfect cure for the late-pandemic blues—a chance to laugh, lament, and let loose.

Featuring: Rose Butch, PM, and Continental Breakfast as well as House of Rice family members Maiden China and Kara Juku. Music and beats will be provided by Edzi’u, a Two-Spirit Tahltan and Taku River Tlingit sound and text artist, the duo Glow Motive, and DJ Softieshan.

Photo by Chris Randle

Talking Stick @ Club PuSh – Feb 3

This evening of genre-blending madness mashes the music of Indigenous ancestors with the breaks, cuts, and booming bass of contemporary dance grooves. Co-curated by Full Circle: First Nations Performance’s Rob Thomson and Nimkish Younging, Talking Stick offers an excitingly eclectic mix of styles, honouring traditional Indigenous idioms while presenting them in a thoroughly modern context. Enjoy this diverse lineup of artists in a mellow environment, with visuals to complement the propulsive rhythms. 

Featuring  Jacob Hoskins, an Indigenous electronic artist known for bending musical boundaries to fit the intensity of his expression, dancing on the brink of a new frequency; DJ O Show, AKA Orene Askew, who remains true to her love for hip hop and R&B, incorporating beats to ensure you never want to leave the dance floor; Mamarudegyal, AKA Diana Hellman, a Calgary-born Vancouver-based Indigenous musician and performance artist, who works in Hip Hop, theatre and dance; Sasha Mark, a Cree-Metís stand up comedian all the way from Treaty 1 territory; and last but not at all least, Sparkle Plenty, a notorious glamedian, weirdlesquer, and word-maker-upper who has been delivering beautifully bizarre burlesque and drag acts throughout the beautiful lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh territories for over 10 years.

Solo for Orpheus photo: Andi McLeish

Edgy and Raw and Works in Progress Spanning Theatre Dance and Circus @ Club PuSh – Feb 4

Club PuSh closes out our 2022 club nights with a cabaret of edgy and raw works that span theatre dance and circus, with music by ENXI and and atmospheric visuals by Chimerik似不像 from their Ritual-Spective project. The evening will include Solo for Orpheus, a Ne.Sans Opera work by choreographer Idan Cohen, which creates a contemporary comment on Orpheus as the mimesis of an artist. Embodied by solo artist Ted Littlemore, this work examines the struggles of the performing artist in a vulnerable, yet witty and generous manner.

Underbelly: Photo by Terryis Hamilton

Also showing on February 4th, is Nayana Fielkov‘s Underbelly, a fantastical conversation with an inner monster expressed through physical comedy. It reflects on isolation, longing, and unconsciously held beliefs of worthiness through the lens of a clown.

The evening is rounded out by a performance of Watermelon, a semi-autobiographical one-woman show/”extended trauma dumping session” by playwright and performer Enxi Erskine Chang. Join her for a standard Tuesday night of a trans girl on the internet, as she unpacks  the trials, tribulations and trauma of online discourse, cancel culture and the consumption, commodification and brutalisation of trans bodies of colour both online and IRL…. tl;dr.

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Artist Bio

the frank theatre company (Canada)

Established in 1996, the frank theatre company is a queer theatre group specializing in works that challenge Western, Eurocentric, and colonial perspectives. Using a collective approach to creation, the company uses the power of performance to subvert oppression and express the complexity of human experience. 

Talking Stick Festival

The Talking Stick Festival, now in its 20th year, began as a way to showcase and celebrate Indigenous art and performance to a wider audience. From its humble beginnings, this unique and exciting event has grown into a two-week festival held annually across Vancouver. Talking Stick is known as the premier multi-disciplinary Indigenous arts festival in North America.

Chimerik似不像

Ritual-Spective 迴融 is an experimental media arts project that seeks to investigate an intergenerational dialogue around artistic, cultural and spiritual legacy from the lens of an artist child of an immigrant artist parents, creating an opportunity to review the life of an elder artist, through the process of migration, survival and teaching of the arts to their children, while sacrificing their dreams, breaking traditional rules for their children. It opens the opportunity to investigate the unspoken time of colonial oppression, Western globalization and diaspora.

Venue

Performance Works

1218 Cartwright Street, Granville Island, Vancouver

Showtimes

  • February 2 at 9:30
  • February 3 at 9:00
  • February 4 at 9:00

February 2, 9:30PM: the frank theatre company @ Club PuSh

February 3, 9PM: Talking Stick @ Club PuSh

February 4, 9PM: Eclectic Entertainment and Works in Progress @ Club PuSh

Tickets

Admission Free with any PuSh Ticket or $10 at the door

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