The Firehall Arts Centre is pleased to host the world premiere of yellow objects, an exhibition created by Derek Chan, from Tuesday, May 11 to Saturday, May 29, 2021.
The exhibition will take patrons through the theatre to the Firehall’s courtyard, and be limited to ten patrons per showing. There will be no live performers – only objects, voice recordings, and projections. Over the twelve-day exhibition, there will be a total of fifty showings, each forty minutes in length. Between each showing, the venue will be sanitized as per COVID-19 protocols. Patrons will be required to wear a mask and follow the two-metre social distancing rule. Tickets must be purchased in advance. ALL information gathered for ticket sales is SECURE and CONFIDENTIAL. This exhibition is open to the individuals in the Fraser and Coastal health regions.
EXHIBITION WARNING: Please be advised, this exhibition contains an auditory depiction of sexual assault, depictions of graphic violence, flashing lights, coarse language, and is not suitable for children.
Exhibition Times: May 11-22: Tues Fri at 6pm, 7pm, 8pm, & 9pm | Sat Sun at 3pm, 4pm, 5pm, 7pm, 8pm, & 9pm // May 23-29: Sun at 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, & 5pm | Tues Fri at 4pm, 5pm, 6pm, & 7pm | Sat at 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm, & 6pm
Tickets: COVID Compassion $15, $20, or $25 at firehallartscentre.ca | 604.689.0926
Written and directed by Sydney Risk Award-winning playwright Derek Chan, yellow objects invites us to question our responsibility to future generations by stepping into a Hong Kong of two eras – 2019 and 2050.
“This piece is a collection of what was, what has been, what is, and what could be,” says Chan. “It’s a rally for the ones who are still risking their lives out there; written in remembrance of those who cannot be there anymore; a lament of families broken and loves lost.”
Inspired by the ongoing pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong and the Chinese government’s oppressive enforcement of the National Security Law in July 2020, individuals can step into the world of yellow objects through the shoes of protagonists ‘Sandra Wong’ and ‘Uncle Chan’.
Prior to visiting the exhibition at the Firehall Arts Centre’s courtyard, patrons can take part in a series of short digital narrative adventures, which will be available on April 19, April 26, and May 3 via https://www.riceandbeanstheatre.com/yellowobjects This digital component is an introduction and portal into the exhibition piece. Through the exhibition piece, taking place May 11-22, patrons can witness the rest of ‘Sandra’ and ‘Uncle Chan’s’ journey to Hong Kong from 2019 to 2050 – with a walk through the Chinese underworld and beyond – culminating in a final act of political defiance against tyranny.
The Firehall Arts Centre’s Artistic Producer Donna Spencer says, “It is exciting to showcase this very pertinent and challenging exhibition at a time when the world’s eyes are on Hong Kong and the dismantling of the democraticmovement there. Derek and his collaborators have found a way to share this important information in a COVID-safe exhibition that is dramatically compelling.”
Credits for yellow objects:
Written and Directed by: Derek Chan
Virtual Performances by: 隐形人, Chan Y.K., Lone Yet Nah, Shasheng, and YAU, Hope
Technical Director: Pedro Chamale
Assistant Producer/Technical Director: ◻◻◻◻◻
Associate Artistic Producer: Kyle B.
Set Designer: S. Hayashi
Projectionist: Daneel Olivaw
Sound Designer: Undescript Pedestrian
Lighting Designer: Solid Snake
Dramaturg: Heidi Taylor
Producer: Cloud Strife
** Although this exhibition is taking place and was created in Canada, there are at least a dozen artists living in our country who are self-censoring their work and themselves because of what is going on in China. For this reason, the artists in this project have chosen to use pseudonyms or remain anonymous.