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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 € 14,00 | reduced € 7,00

Cool-Down after both performances on October 27th, after the performance at 2 pm with Antje Otto, after the performance at 9 pm with Clara Holzheimer | Artist talk after the performance on October 28th, moderated by Zhang Yuan in German with Chinese translation

No language skills required

  • Rollstuhlzugang mit Aufzug
  • Induktive Höranlage

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 

Read more:


Director and performer Dai Chenlian Set, Lighting and Sound Design Dai Chenlian Dramaturgy You Mi Production Manager Zhang Yuan | Kim Shinu Commissioned and produced by Kim Seonghee 


Dai Chenlian was born in 1982, in Shaoxing, province of Zheijang, China. He graduated from China Academy of Art and is considered a Chinese pioneer in combining elements of theater and video art. His work has been shown at Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Seoul), Hellerau European Centre for the Arts Dresden (Germany), A+ Contemporary (Shanghai) and Allens Center for Contemporary Art (Beijing).

Production and realization

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

Residency support Seoul Art Space Mullae 


Realization in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut