Following on from the success of her 2016 WHITE/OTHER season at The Basement, writer and director Alice Canton delves even deeper into the uncomfortable and nuanced conversation about identity in OTHER [chinese].
Canton has spent the year in workshops with participants from various different Chinese communities connecting and exploring what it is to be Chinese in Auckland, here and now.
Experience the realisation of these stories and conversations in OTHER [chinese], where Canton invites up to 100 performers on stage every night for this large-scale documentary theatre.
OTHER [chinese] opens up conversations in order to create meaningful change in the world, and challenges the many forms of cultural mis-representation, discrimination and invisibility that exists around Chinese identity.
“OTHER [chinese] is something that New Zealand needs. It’s a testament to Canton’s skill as a storyteller and facilitator that the show, and its accompanying workshops, convey a strong sense of empowerment through the affirmation of personal experiences. And this is something that we have been waiting a long time to see.”
– Amy Weng, The Pantograph Punch
Director and Creator: Alice Canton
Producer: Julie Zhu
Lighting and Production Design: Brad Gledhill and Rachel Marlow
Dramaturg: Kate Prior
Stage Manager: Natasha Hoyland
Video Content: Kelly Chen
AV Design: Jessica McCall
Sound Design: Matt Eller
Community Liaison: Coco Cui
Q Theatre, Auckland New Zealand
6 – 16 September 2017
“OTHER [chinese] is educational, gentle and filled with off-the-cuff humour…increases cross-cultural understanding (elsewhere, sometimes a solemn goal) and does so in a fun and enjoyable way.”
– Janet McCallister, NZ Herald
Vice: The Everyday Erasure of Being a Chinese New Zealander
NZ Herald: Q Theatre play delves into question of Chinese identity
NZ Herald: Twelve Questions with Julie Zhu
Radio New Zealand: “What is Being Chinese?”
The Speakeasy: Interview: Alice Canton
The Pantograph Punch: Loose Canons: Alice Canton
The Big Idea: Questioning Authenticity
Tearaway Magazine: Chats with Alice Canton: What is being Chinese?
Maori Television: Chinese identity in Aotearoa
Harbour News: Auckland show invites 100 Chinese people to share their stories
The Pantograph Punch Review: Rejecting Singularity: Review OTHER [chinese]
NZ Herald Review: OTHER [chinese] Review
Tearaway Review: In Review: OTHER [chinese]
Theatreview Review #1: Somewhat Agree
Theatreview Review #2: A Rich Array of Experiences and Ideas
Theatrescenes Review: Review: OTHER [chinese]
What’s Good Blog Review: Seen: OTHER [chinese]
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