Auckland show seeks 100 Chinese performers
A theatre duo are calling on 100 Chinese people to share their stories on stage.
Directed by Alice Canton, OTHER [chinese] is about creating multiple narratives around Chinese-New Zealand identity. It is also about challenging the singular narrative of the ‘Chinese community’.
The show will have a core cast of 20 and an ensemble of up to 100.
Producer Julie Zhu said the current political climate was heavily charged due to a housing crisis largely blamed on immigrants, particularly Chinese immigrants.
When people were used as scapegoats they became dehumanised, Zhu said.
Zhu said it was great to see people of all ages getting involved in the show.
In the title, ‘‘Chinese’’ was in lowercase because Canton liked the way it was interpreted when not used as a proper noun.
‘‘My story is different to what might be perceived as an authentic Chinese-New Zealander story which revolves around the idea of migration, displacement and assimilation,’’ Canton said.
‘‘If I don’t fit in with that narrative, then I’m invisible from that narrative but I’m also aware it’s an important narrative which needs to be shared.’’
OTHER [chinese] will be performed at Q Theatre from September 7 to September 16.
Julie Zhu and Alice Canton are working on a performance about Chinese-New Zealand identity.