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 Theatre 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
This production was originally commissioned by Theatre Conspiracy as part of the Migration Path Project and has received funding from the City of Vancouver, British Columbia Arts Council, and Canada Council for the Arts. The first workshop was generously supported by a residency at Gateway Theatre (Richmond, BC) in August 2016 and the second development process made possible by Carleton University Art Gallery's Open Space Lab in May 2017.
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts. Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien.
Shadbolt Centre for the Arts Burnaby, BC October 9th - 12th, 2019
Theatre Centre Toronto, ON September 17th - 29th, 2019
Praire Theatre Exchange Winnipeg, MB September 12th - 14th, 2019
Theatre Centre Toronto, ON February 21st - 24th, 2018
The Cultch 17/18 Season Vancouver, BC February 7th - 17th, 2018
Carleton University Art Gallery (in-process showing) Ottawa, ON May 18th, 2017
Gateway Theatre (in-process showing) Richmond, BC August 27th, 2016