january 2018 | Volume 163
No Foreigners — a new work with writing by Governor General Award-winning playwright David Yee — makes it world premiere at the Vancity Culture Lab
The Cultch is thrilled to present No Foreigners, a new interdisciplinary work by Hong Kong Exile and fu-GEN Theatre (Toronto), produced in association with Theatre Conspiracy (Vancouver), playing February 7-17 at the Vancity Culture Lab.
Through live performance and a micro-to-macro camera apparatus, No Foreigners considers Chinese shopping malls as racialized spaces of cultural creation and clash. An interdisciplinary collaboration from Hong Kong Exile and fu-GEN Theatre (Toronto), two leading Asian-Canadian performing arts companies, No Foreigners is an exciting new world premiere with writing from Governor General's Award laureate for English Drama, David Yee.
Several original stories manifest in a mall and quickly diverge—catapulting across cities, between Cantonese and English, in and out of the afterlife, and through past, present, and future. No Foreigners weaves together text, miniatures, and media design as it attempts to unpack what is at the heart of “Chineseness” and what the future can hold for all of us as visitors and settlers.
Co-created by: Natalie Tin Yin Gan, Milton Lim, Remy Siu & David Yee
Performed by: April Leung and Derek Chan
Project lead: Milton Lim
Text: David Yee
Miniature design: Natalie Tin Yin Gan
Media apparatus design: Remy Siu
Projection and sound design: Milton Lim and Remy Siu
Translations (Cantonese): Derek Chan
Hong Kong Exile (Vancouver) + fu-GEN Theatre (Toronto) | in association with Theatre Conspiracy (Vancouver)
WHEN: Feb 7 – 17, 2018
Feb 7, 8PM: Preview
Feb 8, 8PM: Opening Night
Feb 9 – 10, 13 – 17, 8PM
Feb 10 – 11, 17, 2PM
WHERE: VANCITY CULTURE LAB
1895 Venables St
RUNNING TIME: 75 Minutes, no intermission
TICKETS: All tickets $27. Single tickets on sale now through The Cultch’s Box Office: 604-251-1363 or tickets.thecultch.com
ADDED VALUE: Book tickets for one of the TALKBACK performances and enjoy a lively post-show Q&A session with the artists: FEB 9 & 13 at 8 PM or FEB 11 at 2 PM.
ABOUT HONG KONG EXILE:
Hong Kong Exile is an interdisciplinary arts company led by Vancouver-based artists: Natalie Tin Yin Gan, Remy Siu, and Milton Lim. Since 2011, their ongoing collaborations have toured across North America, gaining them a reputation as an engaged, rigorous, and prolific emerging arts company. HKX values pushing boundaries of interdisciplinary process and creation, investigation of cultural politics in an era of globalization, and inclusion of under-represented experiences and identities. Current projects reflect the company’s commitment to exploring multi-media innovation and integration with live performance. The members of Hong Kong Exile are the current Artists-in-Residence with the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. hongkongexile.com
HKX is represented by: Dani Fecko, Fascinator Management
ABOUT FU-GEN THEATRE:
Founded in January 2002, fu-GEN is dedicated to the development of professional Asian Canadian theatre artists through the production of new and established works. As the longest running professional Asian Canadian theatre company in Canada, fu-GEN has hosted the first-ever major international conference on Asian Canadian theatre, presented numerous works at various theatre festivals (DARK, SummerWorks, Magnetic North, New Waves), and garnered massive critical acclaim (including 19 Dora Mavor Moore award nominations). They serve the Asian Canadian theatre artist, are dedicated to exploring the underlying Asian Canadian story, and believe in diversity of practice: using non-traditional space, time, methodology & philosophy. fu-gen.org
ABOUT THEATRE CONSPIRACY:
Founded in 1995, Theatre Conspiracy’s critical inquiry and aesthetic curiosity contributes to a public dialogue activating freedom of expression, diversity in identity and opinion, and challenges the status quo. Based in Vancouver, Theatre Conspiracy provides a platform for artists creating contemporary work for stage and media to investigate new directions in society, politics and culture. conspiracy.ca
ABOUT THE CULTCH
Since 1973, The Cultch (formally the Vancouver East Cultural Centre) has been one of Vancouver’s most diverse and innovative arts and cultural hubs. The organization operates three theatrical venues, a gallery, and various ancillary spaces in the heart of East Vancouver. The Cultch offers dynamic contemporary programming in theatre, dance, music, and the visual arts, bringing world-class cultural presentations to thousands of citizens each year through its own programming and through providing rental opportunities for community users. Our purpose is to provide a venue for performance that serves a diverse and engaged public and provides space for artistic experimentation and development, building an audience for local companies and presenting cutting-edge national and international work.
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