PuSh Festival presents DanceNorth Australia in Attractor
This supremely rousing show begins with two musicians and eight dancers onstage. Indonesian duo Senyawa plays operatic, heavy metal-inflected music spiced with ritual and folk idioms from their native country. Choreographers Lucy Guerin and Gideon Obarzanek work with Dancenorth Australia and the band to create one wild experience: as the music builds in power, the dancers increase their abandon and pre-selected members of the audience join in. By the climax of the show, they’re all moving in an atavistic frenzy.
The artists call their creation a “secular ritual,” and that’s a perfect way to describe the driving rhythms, ecstatic movement, and immersion in the moment that characterizes it. There’s an infectious power to Attractor—it leads the audience toward commitment and surrender without imposing dogma of any kind. Spanning cultures and fostering unity, the performance offers the gifts of beautiful art and extreme catharsis.
The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival (PuSh Festival) celebrates its milestone 15th annual edition, January 17 to February 3, 2019, at various venues across the Lower Mainland. Featuring 26 works from 24 companies from 13 countries — including six world premieres — this extraordinary showcase of visionary collaboration and risk-taking is a highlight of the city’s cultural calendar.