Top Five: Dance Productions in PuSh Festival

The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival (PuSh Festival) recently announced it’s 13th annual season with artists coming from around the world to participate in this three week mid-winter series. Three of these performances channel dance to tell their stories, so let’s take a look.

Sweat Baby Sweat
Presented with The Dance Centre
Supported by Performing Arts Fund Netherlands
Jan 18­–20 | Scotiabank Dance Centre

Kimmy Ligtvoet and Steven Michel perform Jan Martens choreography as a story of love, with all the physicality and intensity of a dramatic couple’s relationship. “With each new contortion the tension mounts, and the portrayal of love and intimacy grows more profound.”

Presented with caravan
Supported by Arts Council England & British Council
Feb 1–3 | Performance Works

Remember every dance you’ve ever danced. That’s the goal for performers in Wallflower: they remember a dance, request songs from a DJ and take to the dance floor to perform under a disco ball. Memories range from awkward school dances to those moments you wish you could re-live over and over, and what’s created is a powerful insight into everything that makes us us.

Folk-s, will you still love me tomorrow?
Presented with The Dance Centre & Il Centro Italian Cultural Centre
Feb 2–4 | Scotiabank Dance Centre

It’s an intense rush of motion, with all performers taken to the extremes of their potential. Choreographer Alessandro Sciarroni utilizes the schuhplattler (“shoe beater”) form, where performers slap their shoes and legs with their hands, for an abstracted, playful, and occasionally humour production.

Single tickets start at $10. To buy tickets, visit or call the PuSh Festival Audience Services info line at 604.449.6000.
PuSh Passes are also available. Early Bird PuSh Passes start at $103.