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The 9th Annual PuSh International Performing Arts Festival will return to Vancouver from January 15 to February 3, 2013. PuSh is billed as Vancouver’s mid-winter festival presenting acclaimed local, national, and international artists.

Select venues in and around Vancouver will be home to performances with artists from Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Japan, Scotland, Taiwan and the United States. The festival presents groundbreaking work in the live performing arts with theatre, dance, music, and various forms of multimedia and hybrid performance.

The action also spills into Performance Works, where Club PuSh will be filled with acts in a festive atmosphere. A dynamic venue for cutting-edge performances and socializing, Club PuSh is a great meeting spot to take in less traditional works while hanging out with other festival attendees and festival artists.

Club PuSh will also offer live music on most Friday and Saturday nights starting at 10 pm, with Late Nights at Club PuSh ($10 after 9:45 pm; tickets at the door only). Check the Club PuSh website for a complete listing and tickets, ranging from $18 to $33 and available via Tickets Tonight or by phoning 604.684.2787.

Here’s a list of Club PuSh acts:

Hawksley Workman. Photo by BlakeSitter
[Hawksley Workman. Photo by Blake Sitter]

The God that Comes: with Hawksley Workman
Dates: January 16 to 18, 8 pm
Tickets: $33
A cabaret-rock-and-roll hybrid show that tells the story of a king whose subjects revolt against his oppressive rule to worship the Greco-Roman god of wine.

Herald Nix, Proud Animal & Twin River
Date: January 19, 9 pm
Tickets: $18
Herald Nix introduces you to his demons down at the crossroads where country noir rocks with the glassy-eyed blues in the all-music night at Club PuSh.


Date: January 20, 7 pm
Tickets: $25/PREMIERE
Jan Derbyshire’s comedic insights into the politics of parents and sexual identity.

Look Mummy, I’m Dancing

Dates: January 23 to 25, 8 pm
Tickets: $29
Belgian theatre artist Vanessa Van Durme’s hilarious and touching true story about her experiences as one of the pioneering transsexuals of her time.

Winnipeg Babysitter
Date: January 26, 8 pm
Tickets: $29
Part documentary and part performance project, Daniel Barrow brings to light the outrageous and shameless personalities of public access television in Winnipeg during the 70s and 80s.

Ryeberg Live

Date: January 27, 7 pm
Tickets: $25
Join authors Kevin Chong, Steven Galloway, Caroline Adderson, and theatre artist Maiko Bae Yamamoto as they each present and appraise their own curated galleries of YouTube videos that inspire them.

The Northern Soul. Photo by Georgina Millet (not my photo, but a tiring workaround for WordPress 3.5 media upload fail).
[Northern Soul. Photo by Georgina Millet]

Northern Soul, 30 Cecil Street & A Western
Dates: January 30 and 31, 8 pm
Tickets: $29
An evening of new works by UK artists Victoria Melody (Northern Soul), Dan Canham (30 Cecil Street), Gemma Paintin and James Stenhouse (A Western). Ticket price includes all three shows.

The Road Forward. Photo by Rita Leistner
[The Road Forward. Photo by Rita Leistner]

The Road Forward

Date: February 1, 8 pm
Tickets: $25
A multi-media musical created and directed by Marie Clements of Red Diva Projects.

sad sack, by night

Date: February 2, 8 pm
Tickets: $25
An evening dedicated to the expression of West Coast melancholy curated by Vancouver-based artist Vanessa Kwan.

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