Friday, January 8th, I headed downtown to enjoy an inspiring talk on the subject of Language at Creative Mornings. This event always ends with and introduction to next month's speaker, in this case playwright, theatre director and filmmaker Jordan Tannahill, who will present a talk on the theme of ethics for the February 5 edition of Creative Mornings. It was also shared that Tannahill would be in town as Curator-In-Residence for the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival running January 19th through February 7th, 2016. I was intrigued.
work that is visionary, genre-bending, multi-disciplined, startling and original. The
Festival showcases acclaimed international, Canadian and local artists and mixes
them together with an alchemy that inspires audiences, rejuvenates artists, stimulates
the industry and forges productive relationships around the globe. The Festival is a
broker of international partnerships, a meeting place for creative minds, a showcase
of Canada’s best and an incubator of brilliant new work."
(Note - Rosario's bio is included at the bottom as well as a great video - Kiss The Rabbit: 10 Years of the PuSh Festival - and links for both the festival and for Rosario.)
Last week, Marie Lopes from The Roundhouse was cleaning out her office and she sent me a hard copy of this Georgia Straight from 1997 (see below). I was 19, going on 20, and was involved in a socially-engaged, participatory, performance art project that involved young women from all over the Lower Mainland. It was a 2-year project that culminated in us taking over a construction site. It was a formative experience, to say the least.
When the festival is running, I’m super busy with hosting and attending events, everything from the PuSh Assembly to the many various performances. During the rest of the year, I travel to see work, watch videos and do tons of research and planning. We’re already working on the 2017 and 2018 Festivals.
As a curator, this is the question I’m asked most frequently. I’m looking forward to Inked and Murmur, Aakash Odedra is an exquisite mover. I can’t wait to be at Club PuSh at The Fox Cabaret, I love that we’re bringing contemporary performance to the nightclub scene. Jack Charles v. The Crown is going to be brilliant. Jack Charles is on the cover of our program guide, and the show is his story - what an incredible life he’s led and what a journey!
“All the ills of mankind, all the tragic misfortunes that fill the history books, all the political blunders, all the failures of the great leaders have arisen merely from a lack of skill at dancing.” - Molière
Joyce Rosario has been working as the Associate Curator for the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival since May 2013 and has worked in the performing arts since 2003 as a manager, producer and programmer. She hails from East Van and is a graduate of UBC Theatre Production/Design Program.
Link to bio: http://pushfestival.ca/about-the-festival/staff/#joyce-rosario