No Foreigners [2018]

Shopping malls become a portal into surreal worlds that carry the nuanced stories of loss and resilience from the Chinese diaspora. No Foreigners is a multimedia performance that meditates on North American Chinese shopping malls as spaces of cultural creation and clash. Multiple storylines begin in a mall and quickly diverge—catapulting us across cities, between Cantonese and English, in and out of the afterlife, through past, present, and future.

Weaving together text, miniatures, digital backdrops and live cameras, No Foreigners examines our changing relationships to these social spaces and the histories, characters, experiences, and ephemera that keep inviting us back.

No Foreigners was created by Hong Kong Exile (Vancouver) and fu-GEN Theatre (Toronto), produced in association with Theatre Conspiracy (Vancouver) and the Theatre Centre (Toronto). The show premiered at The Cultch (Vancouver) and was followed by a presentation at the Theatre Centre (Toronto) in February 2018; the production will be going on tour to Prairie Theatre Exchange (Winnipeg, MB), The Theatre Centre (Toronto, ON), and Shadbolt Centre for the Arts (Burnaby, BC) in September/October 2019.

HKX PROJECT LEAD Milton Lim
fu-GEN PROJECT LEAD David Yee
CREATED BY Hong Kong Exile (Natalie Tin Yin Gan, Milton Lim , Remy Siu) + fu-GEN Theatre

PERFORMERS & CO-CREATORS April Leung + Derek Chan

DIRECTION Milton Lim
TEXT David Yee
MINIATURE DESIGN Natalie Tin Yin Gan w/ April Leung + Derek Chan
MEDIA APPARATUS DESIGN Remy Siu
PROJECTION AND SOUND DESIGN Milton Lim + Remy Siu
CANTONESE TRANSLATION Derek Chan

RUNNING TIME approx. 90 minutes

VIDEO DOCUMENTATION Daniel O'Shea
EDITED BY Milton Lim

No Foreigners is a co-production between Hong Kong Exile (Vancouver) and fu-GEN Theatre (Toronto); originally commissioned in 2018 by Theatre Conspiracy (Vancouver, BC) as part of the Migration Path Project. The production has received generous residency and development support from Shadbolt Centre for the Arts (Burnaby, BC), the Gateway Theatre (Richmond, BC), and Carleton University Art Gallery's Open Space Lab (Ottawa, ON).

No Foreigners will be going on tour to Prairie Theatre Exchange (Winnipeg, MB), The Theatre Centre (Toronto, ON), and Shadbolt Centre for the Arts (Burnaby, BC) in September/October 2019.

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