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Spielzeiteröffnung 2018/19: State of the Arts
Tianzhuo Chen:

An Atypical Brain Damage

  • © Peiyu Shen
  • © Peiyu Shen
  • © Peiyu Shen
  • © Peiyu Shen
  • © Peiyu Shen
Theater & Performance / Wheelchair users
  • Thu, 27.09.2018 20:00 [Premiere]
    no assigned seats, with English and German supertitles 
    22:00 - Afterparty at kmh 
    Ort: K6, Vorhalle free entrance
  • Fri, 28.09.2018 20:00
    no assigned seats, with English and German supertitles 
    Ort: K6, Vorhalle free entrance
  • Sat, 29.09.2018 20:00
    no assigned seats, with English and German supertitles 
    Ort: K6, Vorhalle free entrance

Chinese artist Tianzhuo Chen combines quotations from pop, folklore and commerce to create a global snapshot between kitsch and apocalypse. AN ATYPICAL BRAIN DAMAGE is 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 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.

DJ-Set Asian Dope Boys / season opening party
Thursday, 27.09. / 22:00
Free entrance with ticket of AN ATYPICAL BRAIN DAMAGE.

More art from China / Hongkong: Royce Ng QUEEN ZOMIA (October 4th - 6th)

Ticket Special GROSSE BÜHNE: If you buy two tickets for at least two different shows at once, you receive a discount of 20% on fullprice tickets. Further Information: GROSSE BÜHNE HIGHLIGHTS

An Atypical Brain Damage (Director's cut) from Tianzhuo Chen on Vimeo.


  • Direction: Tianzhuo Chen
  • dramaturgy: Tianzhuo Chen, Petra Poelzl
  • choreography: Tianzhuo Chen, Ylva Falk
  • Text: Tianzhuo Chen, Beio
  • performance: Beio, China Yu, Le Brothers (Le Ngoc Thanh und Le Duc Hai), Ylva Falk, Igor Dewe und Amelie Poulain (House of Drama)
  • musician: Igor Dewe
  • composition: Dis Fig
  • costumes: Asian Dope Boys
  • stage design: Tianzhuo Chen
  • Light: Stephan Taul
  • Sound: Akihiko Tanida
  • Production Management, Translations, Subtitles: Petra Poelzl
  • Production Assistants: Diane Esnault, Stefan Simić

Coproduced by steirischer herbst, SPIELART Festival, Spring Festival Utrecht. Funded by Kulturbehörde Hamburg aus Mitteln der Kultur- und Tourismustaxe im Rahmen von CHINA TIME HAMBURG 2018.

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