The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival is back for the seventh time this year from January 18 to February 6, 2011. The festival features live performance arts with theatre, dance, music, and various forms of multimedia and hybrid performance. This year, the festival will showcase works that reflect upon Vancouver’s 125th Anniversary and notions of “cityness”.
The show 100% Vancouver is particularly unique, in that the show is not performed by trained actors, but “everyday Vancouverites”. Casting started with one person, who had 24 hours to recruit the next person, who then found the next and so on. The 100 participants were chosen according to specific criteria such as gender, age, ethnicity, marital status, and the neighbourhood they live in — an attempt to reflect the demographics of the last census.
The festival is also featuring a free show called La Marea (The Tide), an outdoor performance at the zero to hundred block of Water Street in Gastown. Audience members can come and go as they please as each of the nine scenes unfold between 7pm and 9pm.
Individual tickets range from free to $44 or the flexible PuSh pass is available for four shows ($115) or six shows ($170).