Yellow Objects

Derek Chan

Derek Chan

playwright / director / performer / translator / producer

In his childhood, Derek Chan and his father would go around Hong Kong, visiting landmarks such as Victoria Park. Now working in Vancouver as a playwright and co-artistic director of rice & beans theatre, he has seen through the media how some of those beloved parks become the locations of protests for freedom. Inspired by the strength of the Hong Kong people, Derek created the work yellow objects to add his voice to the conversation. Bearing the sentiments of what was, what has been, what is, and what could be, yellow objects is a piece of Derek’s connection to Hong Kong, and a yearning for Vancouver to do more.

About The Artist

Derek Chan (陳嘉昊) grew up in colonial Hong Kong, studied in Norway, and currently lives and works on the stolen and ancestral lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, colonially known as Vancouver. Derek received his BFA in theatre performance from Simon Fraser University. A playwright, director, performer, translator, and producer, Derek has been co-artistic director of rice & beans theatre since 2010. He has also worked with Playwrights Theatre Centre (artistic director apprentice), Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (associate artistic producer), and the rEvolver Festival (guest curator). Derek has been a National Arts Centre English Theatre Artist in Residence (19/20) with yellow objects, a new installation-exhibition in support of the ongoing pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong. His play, Chicken Girl (2019/20), won the Sydney Risk Award for Outstanding Original Play by an Emerging Playwright, and was nominated for Outstanding Original Script at the Jessies.

Derek Chan

Derek Chan

playwright / director / performer / translator / producer

In his childhood, Derek Chan and his father would go around Hong Kong, visiting landmarks such as Victoria Park. Now working in Vancouver as a playwright and co-artistic director of rice & beans theatre, he has seen through the media how some of those beloved parks become the locations of protests for freedom. Inspired by the strength of the Hong Kong people, Derek created the work yellow objects to add his voice to the conversation. Bearing the sentiments of what was, what has been, what is, and what could be, yellow objects is a piece of Derek’s connection to Hong Kong, and a yearning for Vancouver to do more.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Derek Chan (陳嘉昊) grew up in colonial Hong Kong, studied in Norway, and currently lives and works on the stolen and ancestral lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, colonially known as Vancouver. Derek received his BFA in theatre performance from Simon Fraser University. A playwright, director, performer, translator, and producer, Derek has been co-artistic director of rice & beans theatre since 2010. He has also worked with Playwrights Theatre Centre (artistic director apprentice), Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (associate artistic producer), and the rEvolver Festival (guest curator). Derek has been a National Arts Centre English Theatre Artist in Residence (19/20) with yellow objects, a new installation-exhibition in support of the ongoing pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong. His play, Chicken Girl (2019/20), won the Sydney Risk Award for Outstanding Original Play by an Emerging Playwright, and was nominated for Outstanding Original Script at the Jessies.

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