With the exception of disputed pro-football coin tosses and extreme debate clubs, the stage remains the only venue where arguments are regularly settled with a sword fight. Behold a dramatic settling of differences with this GrouponLive deal to the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. Choose from the following performances:
For $35, you get two general-admission tickets to A Crack in Everything, presented with the Simon Fraser Community Presentation Society at the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts on Wednesday, January 16, at 8 p.m. (a $70 value).
|Described by the Seattle Times as “beautiful, fragmented, mysterious, abstract,” zoe||juniper’s A Crack in Everything boldly combines dance, installations, and video into a vibrant interpretation of Aeschylus’s Oresteia. The collaboration between Zoe Scofield and Juniper Shuey explores baffling gaps between cause and effect as the swirling movements of the dancers and the lighting mimic the effect of an overturned bag of Skittles seen through a kaleidoscope. This performance contains nudity and small amounts of strobe lighting.|
For $35, you get two general-admission tickets to Testament, presented with Goethe-Institut Toronto and SFU Woodward’s at the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts on Friday, January 25, at 8 p.m. (a $70 value).
Forging a new deconstruction of King Lear, Berlin-based performers She She Pop use Testament to explore questions of heredity and the father-daughter bond. Onstage with their real-life fathers, the actresses plumb the complications of their paternal relationships through stories of legal successions, inherited diseases, and social contracts between generations. The piece is performed in German with English subtitles.
For $49, you get two tickets for B-level seating in orchestra or dress circle to King Lear, presented with the Asian-Canadian Special Events Association at The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts (a $98 value). Choose between the following shows:
- Friday, February 1, at 8 p.m.
- Saturday, February 2, at 8 p.m.<p>
After King Lear’s disassembly at the hands of She She Pop, Wu Hsing-Kuo of the Taipei-based troupe Contemporary Legend Theater singlehandedly reconstructs it, performing it in Mandarin with English subtitles. Described by the New York Times as “a probing psychological study of wavering identity,” the production blends elements of Eastern and Western theatre as Wu morphs between the aged king and his conniving daughters, all while backed by the hypnotic strains of a nine-piece instrumental ensemble.