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Dai Chenlian (Beijing)

27.10. 14:00 – 14:50

27.10. 21:00 – 21:50

28.10. 19:00 – 19:50

Einstein Kultur

entrance € 5,00 | reduced € 5,00

Artist talk after all performances

No language skills required

In BIG NOTHING the visual artist Dai Chenlian stages a self-conceived paper puppet show. Through shadow play, which is something he repeatedly and directly interacts with, Dai Chenlian develops a wordless, complex narrative and thereby also his very own cosmos. This creates interconnections between different levels of time and reality and ultimately transports the audience into the mythical world of the YOUYANG ZAZU. At first glance, this collection of old Chinese ghost stories and legends from the ninth century seems almost nonsensical; the unfolding cycle of images eludes a clear interpretation and simple attributions: mouths grow out of elbows, wanting to be fed, a man transforms into a pagoda, a bee makes a woman’s head explode. By interweaving these narratives with his own biography, Dai Chenlian conjures up a new form of reality on stage which he describes as hyperreality. It invites us to think about the nature of reality.  

#Performance  #Puppets and Animation  #Storytelling 

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Direction and Performance Dai Chenlian Dramaturg You Mi





Dai Chenlian wurde 1982 in Shaoxing, Provinz Zhejiang, China, geboren und absolvierte die China Academy of Art. In China gilt er als Pionier in der Kombination von Theaterkonzepten und Videokunst. Seine Werke wurden unter anderem im Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Seoul), Hellerau European Centre for Arts (Dresden), A+ Contemporary (Shanghai) und dem Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (Beijing) gezeigt.

Production and realization

Coproduction McaM Ming Contemporary Art Museum, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Korea (Seoul), SPIELART Theaterfestival

Realization in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut