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PUSH exerts its pull on Manchester

Published: 16 December 2018
Reporter: David Upton

HOME’S annual PUSH festival in Manchester, one of the region’s key arts events, runs from January 11 to 26.

As well as presenting new performances—including five commissioned especially for the festival—screenings, and exhibitions, PUSH features a series of workshops and informal seminars.

PUSH 2018 launches with an opening night party with extracts from selected PUSH performances including a dance and spoken word performance of The House of Ghetto and Gemma Parker’s The Hidden Pin Up, which looks at the fetishisation of the black female body, followed by a set from electronica DJ Andrew James Brooks.

This year, PUSH features five new works commissioned by HOME including Cuts of the Cloth, in which a Muslim woman has been archived in a museum in the not-too- distant future to speak to visitors about her relationship with the veil, presented by Outside the Frame Arts; Learning to Swim on an Ironing Board, a show about therapeutic eavesdropping, shopping centres, invisible disabilities and getting better at ‘not getting better’, presented by Indoors Too Much; Dance Away the Spiders, a physical piece presented by Sheba Arts that explores trauma, and resistance, a legacy of the drama lab facilitated by Sheba Arts at HOME in October 2018.