Watch Me Dance


I know you’ve been thinking, “I want to see Sara Bynoe perform but I can’t afford to pay $10 (or sliding scale). I wish she would do something that I can see for FREE, and on the weekend, preferably in the afternoon (like 1 or 4 PM), and since I’m super outdoorsy I wish it would happen outside. I also want an opportunity to just oogle her body and not have to listen to her read some bad writing.”

Well, then do I have the show for you!

It’s called Le Grand Continental

To see me in action go to the corner of the Queen Elizabeth Plaza by Cambie street near the CBC building. I’m positioned in the last row on the corner of this side.

There are also a whole bunch of awesome people I’ll be dancing with too.


Presented by PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre and Scotia Dance Centre

Montreal-based choreographer Sylvain Émard of Sylvain Émard Danse has brought joy to audiences from Portland to Mexico; now it’s Vancouver’s turn to shine. Émard auditioned community dancers from across Vancouver for a chance to be part of a massive public dance. Chances are you’ll know one of the performers, or you yourself are one! Le Grand Continental® combines elements of traditional line dancing with contemporary dance, and the mix is infectious, taking the spirit of old-fashioned communal dance and bringing it up to date. The choreography is a delight to behold, complex enough to wow spectators but still infused with the spirit of catharsis and fun. The result is a huge, joyful convergence of energy, with a mass of people coming together over humanity’s universal languages: music and movement. A pleasure to be part of and a beauty to behold, this will be one of the key civic events of the year. See you there!

“The roar from hundreds of spectators went from loud to deafening as the choreographed dance began to take energetic life with full- body gestures and synchronized shouts. It left the audience cheering for more.”
—The Philadelphia Inquirer

Performance dates:
January 24: 1PM & 4PM
January 25: 1PM & 4PM
30 mins (no intermission)
Please note: This performance takes place outdoors, rain or shine.

Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza
650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver

Admission is FREE!


January Fun

Happy New Year!

I’m starting the year by getting excited about what makes me happy: performing in and producing shows! Here’s a look at my January.

Teen Angst Facebook Event

Tuesday, January 13
8-10 PM | $10 at the door (sliding scale available)
Cottage Bistro, 4468 Main Street
Facebook Event
I’ve been running this show where people share their old embarrassing teenage angst creations since 2000. Several brave souls will get up on stage and read from their diaries, poetry books, short stories and more.

Say Wha Emerald 2015
Tuesday, January 20
8-10 PM | $10 in advance (possible door sales)
The Emerald, 555 Gore
Facebook Event
Another classic show I’ve been running since 2010. Funny people reading from the worst published books they can find.

Novelty Act FacebookTuesday, January 27
NOVELTY ACT presented by Bynoe and Hahn
8-10 PM | $8 in advance $10 at the door

What is this all about?
Lots of things.
Sara Bynoe and Riel Hahn present a night of comedy, storytelling, and joy.
Why novelty act? Well… sometimes women in comedy get referred to as a ‘novelty act.’ Bynoe and Hahn think that’s bullshit, so they got together and have decided to do a night of whatever they want to do and if that’s a novelty act, so be it!
It’s Sara Bynoe and Riel Hahn on stage. And you! That’s it. That’s plenty!
Whatever this night is, we guarantee it will be fun! And we’ll probably wear lipstick.
Facebook Event

Saturday and Sunday, January 24, 25
PuSH Festival | Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza
1 & 4 PM Rain or Shine | Free Event
If you’ve followed me for a while you know that I’ve been involved with the PuSh Festival for the last 5 years. This year I am dancing in this performance along with 80 or so other Vancouverites who love to dance. If you want to see me in all my glory (or catch my mess ups) I’m positioned at the corner near Cambie and Georgia.

Don’t live in Vancouver?
That’s okay, you can experience the joy of Say Wha?! through the magic of podcasting. Click here for links to iTunes or streaming audio.

The Bench

The Bench from Sara Bynoe on Vimeo.

This video is the result of a workshop I did this January with Ant Hampton during the PuSh Festival.

His workshop is called Fantasy Interventions.

It’s a workshop on imagination and writing for site-specific theatre / live urban interventions. For artists and practitioners from a wide variety of backgrounds – theatre-makers, actors / directors, as well as choreographers, stage-designers, architects, poets and writers of many kinds.

Basically what we did was find a location on Granville Island, choose a view point for the audience and write a short imagined fantasy, or play or story or whatever you want to call it, that would be listened to with headphones at the location. I really enjoyed this work as it gave me an opportunity to flex my writing muscle in a way I haven’t in a long time.

I’d love to know what you think; please comment below.

PuSh Festival Sunday Roast

Sunday Roast 2

Early this year I was asked by Minna Schendlinger, the Managing Director of the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, to MC a roast she was organizing for the 10 year anniversary. I was thrilled to be asked and so very nervous to do it. Those of you who know me, know I’ve worked for the festival for the last 5 years in some facet or another. It’s a festival very dear to me.

The event took place last Sunday, January 19. I had a lot of fun, despite the hours of fretting I put in wondering if I was too mean or not mean enough.

For those of you who are interested here are my script notes for the evening. I’m sure I said things a little differently, but this is the gist.


Hi, I’m Sara Bynoe and I will be your host for this evening’s Sunday Roast. Before I begin I’d like to make one thing clear– No! we will not be serving Yorkshire puddings or roast beef.

A roast is an event, in which an individual (or organization) is subjected to a public presentation of comedic insults, praise, outlandish true and untrue stories, and heartwarming tributes as a mock counter to a toast.

It’s a Sunday Roast because it happens to fall on a Sunday. If you don’t get that cheeky wordplay/joke , we are in big trouble.

This evening we are here celebrate the tenth anniversary of the PuSh festival by taking the piss out of PuSh.

Now many of you might be asking yourself who the fuck am I? Well, I’m here because Charlie Demers was unavailable. Also, because we all know CTV anchors make worst hosts for live events – but they look so darn pretty while they read … from… their … scripts (awkward fake smile).

Seriously, it’s my honour to be your MC this evening. I’ve been involved with the PuSh festival for the last few years. I assisted Theatre Replacement in casting 100% Vancouver or as I liked to call it the search for a 60-year-old unmarried Indian man who and speaks Cantonese and lives in Shaughnessy. I also produced the opening galas in 2012 and 2013 – also known as the fun ones.

Honestly though, as far as PuSh is concerned it’s my job to be the last person on the dance floor of every party. It’s strange, as much as PuSh supports dance, they rarely participate in it. Guys, I’m not getting any younger. It’s time for me to pass the torch! I know, I know, the SFU kids are working on it, but they’re still in “process.”

I think the real reason I’m here is that I’m also a host and comedic performer about town. I am always taking the piss out of things. Screw it, I’m also a shameless promoter so I’d like to take this opportunity to tell you about two shows I’ve been running in this city for many years. The first is a confessional comedic storytelling event called Teen Angst Night where adults read from their teenage diaries and the second is my monthly comedy show Say Wha?! Readings of Deliciously Rotten Writing a show where funny people read from the worst books ever published. They’re so edgy Norman Armour has never been to either one.

I’ve been a fan of the PuSh Festival since my formative years, growing up in Calgary when it was the High Performance Rodeo. Congrats to One Yellow Rabbit for celebrating its 28th annual HPR. PuSh is the largest January interdisciplinary international arts festival in Western Canada? You mean, west of the Rockies, right? Because I know at least 1/3 of the programming is shared with the HPR.

Yeah, that’s right. I said it. It’s called the PuSh Festival Roast – We’re going to cross the line tonight.

What is PuSh? Besides a typographic nightmare? –  P for Pretentious, capital S for bullShit.

What if I told you could see grown men get naked and throw their shoes at each other, then fight and get so sweaty that they wipe themselves off with the Dance Centre’s curtains. What if I told you that’s art?

What if I told you would pay $45 to be blindfolded and have a stranger lead you around the city, and get you to molest buildings and bushes?

What if I told you that people actually like to watch modern dance?

What if I told you the most amazing performance piece you’ve ever seen was it town and you MUST GO AND SEE IT – only … it’s sold out.

Would you believe there would be a five minute speech before every show thanking sponsors and donors and then a huge ask for money from an audience full of underpaid unemployed artists.

That’s PuSh.

In the dark, dark, dark, cloudy, grey, depressing, mildewed, leaky condo, bedbug infested pioneer village that pretends to be a world-class city that we live in there is a festival that intrigues the arts community and confuses the hockey-rioting people of Surrey.

PuSh is an opportunity to see Vancouver theatre legends get drunk in this very room.

Ok, enough of me. It’s time for me to hand over the roast.

Look up here – see the few brave souls who are ready to roast our beloved PuSh.

You might be thinking, “Hey! There are only two women on that stage and everyone is white.” Relax, it’s just a representation of this year’s programming.

I love PuSh. Lots of great shows in the next few weeks. Make sure you see something. Seriously, I’m seeing a lot. Just check my Twitter feed or ask me for recommendations.

Sunday Roast

PuSh Festival – My Picks

PuShBigBox Some of you may know that I’m working for the PuSh Festival again this year. I’m the social media and opening gala coordinator.

My shows and events (Say Wha?! Teen Angst and Dance Dance Party Party) are accessible with a focus on being silly. The over arching theme of my work is “Don’t take yourself so seriously.” Which is why some people have found it odd that I’m working for PuSh, a festival of edgy theatre/ dance/ music/ performance art.

To those people I say, oh well. My shows may never be part of the festival, that doesn’t mean that my tastes are incongruent with PuSh.

There are some incredible shows this year that I’m super excited to see and I wanted to tell you about them.

I’m pretty much excited about everything.

My top PuSh Festival Picks


1. Do You See What I Mean?

It’s a 2.5 hour blindfolded tour of Vancouver.

Do you need to know anything else? You’re never going to have this opportunity again! I imagine this ‘show’ is going to challenge your perspective and experience of this city and give you a whole new appreciation for your vision. I CANNOT WAIT FOT THIS!

StillStandingYou_PhileDeprez1-300x2012. Still Standing You

Two male dancers explore their bodies through movement. I’m told it’s not really dance. They shove each other. They wrestle. They will get naked. At one point they pull at each other’s penises. It sounds bizarre, hilarious, scary, and awesome.

My favorite dance piece ever was  in a retrospective of choreographer Marie Chouinard’s work, at the High Performance Rodeo in Calgary, where a piece consisted of a woman dressed in a hospital gown coming on stage with a bucket and a cup of water. She drank the water and peed in the bucket, then walked off stage carrying the bucket and glass. So Still Standing You seems to be right up my alley.

3. Human LibraryHumanLibrary_LiesbethBernaerts1-300x200

I love the idea of this. People as books. I love people and I love books. This is an opportunity to talk to others about their lives.

The PuSh Festival’s Human Library will include the following “Books:” a Female Heavy Machinery Engineer, a Schizophrenic, someone with Asperger’s, a Wickan, a Refugee, a CODA (Child of Deaf Adults), an Islamophobe, a Born Again Christian, a Culture Pirate, and a Sex Therapist.

Also, it’s FREE!

SometimesIThink_TanjaDorendorf1-300x1994. Sometimes I think I can see you

Writers will be seated in the VAG lobby and the VPL atrium. They will have laptops. Their writing will be projected on to screens that everyone can see. They will be writing about the people and things they see around them. If you’re there they might even write about you.

I love writing. I love people watching. It’s also FREE! Why wouldn’t you go?

5. Club PuShHawksleyWorkman_BlakeSitter1-300x200 (1)

This is the place where the party always is. Show up on the weekends and check out the bands after the main shows. It’s a great place to meet people and see fun, edgy work. Here are some of the ones I’m most looking forward to.

Hawksley Workman – What Gods May Come – A one-man cabaret with Hawksley. What could go wrong?

Look Mummy, I’m Dancing This woman sounds amazing. Sixty-four-year-old Belgium theatre artist Vanessa Van Durme tells her extraordinary story that started when she was a boy.

Northern Soul Part of an evening of three work from the UK. I think the whole night is going to be good, but I’m looking forward to this comedic performance. I also think she’s also going to DJ at the end of the night! You know how much I love dancing. If you love East Van Soul Club, I think you’ll enjoy this night.

Oh! I’m also Interested in these shows: Haptic & Holistic Strata, Encore,  The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Heart and I saw Ride the Cyclone before and it’s really fun!

If you’re not doing anything this Monday, January 14 I organized the Opening Gala. It should be a great party.  See you at the festival!