Waiting for Barcelona
The Cinematheque hosts the Vancouver premiere of director Juho-Pekka Tanskanen’s 2018 documentary about Mou, a Gambian immigrant who lives in the streets of Barcelona’s El Raval district. The camera charts three years in Mou’s life. The screening is followed by a discussion with mental health researcher Kirby Huminuik, who works with refugees and survivors of torture and political violence, moderated by UBC’s Dr. Harry Karlinsky.
(Vancouver: Jan. 16)
How She Read: Confronting the Romance of Empire
Through altered book sculptures, redacted texts, and reprints of old children’s readers, Chantal Gibson’s visual and text art exhibition asks us to consider the voices, stories, and bodies that have been erased or excluded from Canadian historical narratives, and proposes material ways in which we can resist those historical erasures. Via Open Space.
(Victoria: Jan. 15-Feb.26)
Six actresses take musical instruments into their hands in order to create a life-affirming performance about love, freedom and beauty. Says The Guardian: “They are genuinely original—mixing classical minimalism with passionate Ukrainian folk and a touch of ‘freak cabaret’, delivered with punk energy.” Dakh Daughters perform as part of The Cultch’s Femme Series: highlighting the strength and power of female-identifying voices and experiences.
(Vancouver: Jan. 15-19)
Aptly named, the PuSh Festival pushes the boundaries of what live performance is and can do. For the fifteenth year, artists from near and far come together to delight, amuse, terrify and engross Vancouver audiences with the cutting edge of theatre, music, visual art and more. Take in selections from Jamaica, Guatemala, Belgium, Japan, France, Taiwan and around the globe.
Watch musical magic emerge from the mundane at Tetsuya Umeda’s Ringo, or sound artist ASUNA’s 100 Keyboards. Breathe in the soundless performance art of Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa’s powerful meditation on civil unrest, Corazón del espantapájaros (The Heart of the Scarecrow). Next week, Selina Thompson recounts a journey along the Transatlantic Slave Triangle in the one-woman performance salt., and Inuk artist Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory and queer theatre-maker Evalyn Parry come together in performance in Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools. Or, if you’re in the mood for celluloid, the PuSh Film Series runs concurrently. More info at the festival website.
(Vancouver: January 17-February 7)
Sounding the Infinite: An Evening of Music and Aboriginal Art
Dive deep into the art of MOA’s exhibit, Marking the Infinite: Contemporary Women Artists From Aboriginal Australia, with a unique night of musical experimentation and art appreciation. Experience a sonic journey as RumSalt—a seven-piece ensemble of accomplished and innovative Vancouver musicians—create music in real time in response to the art.
(Vancouver: Jan. 19)