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An Atypical Brain Damage

An Atypical Brain Damage


Chinese artist Tianzhuo Chen combines quotations from pop, folklore and commerce to create a global snapshot between kitsch and apocalypse. A live stream of consciousness in the rhythm of music.

With his première for steirischer herbst, Tianzhuo Chen is staging a dark and, at the same time, upbeat pop opera in which instrumental live sounds mingle with pumping beats and big-city fashion arrogance meets the camouflage jackets of Chinese rice-growers. The audience moves around an installation-style auditorium in which cultural codes and iconographic figures are dissected and meticulously reassembled by performers and musicians. The material for this hybrid, ecstatic ghoulishness comes from global club culture and corporate identities, from folklore and social media, and, not least, from discourses on “the Asian” and “the European” in which the East dreams up a West and vice versa.


Director: Tianzhuo Chen / Dramaturgy: Tianzhuo Chen, Petra Poelzl / Choreography: Tianzhuo Chen, Ylva Falk Musicians: Igor Dewe / Composition: Dis Fig / Costume: Asiandopeboys / Stage Design: Tianzhuo Chen Performer: Beio, China Yu, Le Brothers (Le Ngoc Thanh & Le Duc Hai), Ylva Falk, Igor Dewe & Amelie Poulain (From House of Drama) / Management: Petra Poelzl

Ambient Tracks:
00:00 0comeups – Try To Levitate Above It All
00:30 Yameneko – Fragrance Transmission
00:45 Sky H1 – Huit

An Atypical Brain Damage (Director’s cut)

Watch Tailer From Steirischer Herbst

Soundtrack: Dis Fig – Excerpt From An Atypical Brain Damage [PTPhell001]


Photo by Shen Peiyu