Auck­land show seeks 100 Chi­nese per­form­ers

Auckland City Harbour News - - PUBLIC NOTICES - MANDY TE

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.

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