Top Five: performance art at 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. There are five performance art pieces, so let’s take a look below!

Oil Pressure Vibrator – Geumhyung Jeong (South Korea)
Presented with Centre A
Supported by Centre Stage Korea & SFU Woodward’s
Jan 17–19 | SFU Studio D at SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
Geumhyung Jeong, winner of the 2016 Hermès Foundation Award, takes audiences on her quest for autoerotic satisfaction with an industrial excavator. This is a courageous and transgressive performance that challenges notions of sexuality, technology and the body.

By Heart – Tiago Rodrigues / Teatro Nacional D. Maria II (Portugal)
Supported by Consulate General of Portugal in Vancouver
Jan 19—21 | Performance Works
Inspired by George Steiner’s words, “Once 10 people know a poem by heart, there’s nothing the KGB, the CIA or the Gestapo can do about it,” distinguished playwright and actor Tiago Rodrigues teaches 10 audience members a poem. Rodrigues offers a personal, touching show about the power of art, not just to inform and inspire, but also to elude and fight oppression.

Garden of Earthly Delights – Mere Phantoms (Canada)
Presented with grunt gallery & CSA Space
Jan 19–21 | CSA Space
Inspired by the Hieronymus Bosch painting of the same name, this immersive journey guides viewers with shadow projections and sound, moving from lush jungle to urban maze through a cityscape. This is illusionism at its finest—refined down to a beautiful binary of black and white.

Human Library – Stop the Violence (Denmark)
Presented with Zee Zee Theatre | Supported by Vancouver Public Library
Jan 21, 22, 28, 29; February 4 & 5 | Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch
Back by popular demand, the worldwide phenomenon and PuSh Festival favourite invites people to borrow a human book. Readers of this living literature will get a taste of other lives, perspectives and possibilities.

Portraits in Motion – Volker Gerling/Aurora Nova (Germany)
Presented with The Cultch
Jan 24–26 | York Theatre
An incandescent, flickering glimpse of human persona and essence. Striking portraits from photographic flipbooks are projected live onto the large screen. Charming stories behind each flipbook are recounted, bringing to life these frozen instances in time.


Single tickets start at $10. To buy tickets, visit or call the PuSh Festival Audience Services info line at 604.449.6000PuSh Passes are also available. Events are taking place January 16 to February 5, 2017 at various Vancouver venues.