No Foreigners is a multimedia performance that meditates on North American Chinese shopping malls as racialized spaces of cultural creation and clash. Several original stories begin 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.
Through live performance and a micro-to-macro camera apparatus, 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.
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; a 2019/2020 tour is currently in development.
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
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.