Foxconn Frequency (no. 3) - for three visibly Chinese performers

Foxconn Frequency (no.3) - for three visibly Chinese performers is a work of "algorithmic theatre" that incorporates real-time game mechanics, piano pedagogy, 3D-printing, and the poetry of former Foxconn worker Xu Lizhi (许立志).

Three performers work with and against each other as they move through a series of testings and mini-games sourced from piano training. They succeed and fail in real-time, forced to correct their mistakes before they can continue. In each performance, 3D-printers output an object documenting the performer's competency over time.

Fully automated and generative, the work is different every performance, ranging from 50 minutes to 80 minutes: an experiment in digital game-mechanics as a way of meaning making in the performing arts.

The last iteration in the Foxconn Frequency series. (see no.1 and no.2).

CREATORS Hong Kong Exile (Natalie Tin Yin Gan, Milton Lim , Remy Siu), with Vicky Chow, Paul Paroczai, Matt Poon
PERFORMERS Natalie Tin Yin Gan, Vicky Chow, Andrei Chi Lok Koo / Matt Poon
TEXT Xu Lizhi (许立志) (1990-2014) 
SUPPORTED BY Canada Council for the Arts, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity
COMMISSIONED BY PuSh International Performing Arts Festival


  • Cluster Festival, Rachel Browne Theatre (Winnipeg), February 28, 2019.

  • The Music Gallery + fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre, Factory Theatre (Toronto), February 22-23, 2019.

  • PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, Performance Works Granville Island, January 31 - February 2, 2018.


Photo Credits

  • Sepehr Samimi

  • Daniel O’Shea

  • Kevin Jones