Tianzhuo Chen
Ishvara


CHINA // Music theatre / performance

Tianzhuo Chen, the new troublemaker of the Chinese art scene, created an overwhelming stage piece in ISHVARA that no opera, not even a drug rush, will match any time soon: music, dance, bodies and images meld into visual/acoustic ecstasy. Inspired by the Hindu epos Bhagavad Gita, the stage characters push themselves in various versions of divinity – and use the big stage for their carnevalesque rivalry, whereby reality and fantasy seem to become blurred. Chen helps himself to religious symbols and dance styles such as Butoh or voguing and combines them with subcultural codes from drag, club and pop culture. As a precise alchemist, he investigates and probes history and religion in order to understand our human existence and spiritual exploitation in the modern world. It is a ceremony of sub- and high culture that Tianzhuo Chen brings onto the stage with a number of artistic accomplices; it’s a show that “is able to create a new definition of the opera genre with its associative power and bombast,” as the Vienna Festwochen announced, where ISHVARA will also be shown. The pioneering approach of this artist, who was born in Beijing in 1985 and educated at London’s Central Saint Martins College, is not only shown in his works that include installations, performance, video, drawings and photography, but also in the locations of his performances: Berlin’s Berghain belongs along with London’s Fashion Week or Paris’ Palais de Tokyo where Chen had a solo exhibition in 2015.



Theater der Welt 2017

©Zhang Yan


Theater der Welt 2017

©Zhang Yan

GERMAN PREMIERE

DIRECTOR
Tianzhuo Chen

CHOREOGRAPHY
Ndoho Ange, Tianzhuo Chen und House of Drama (Aymeric Bergada Du Cadet, Dyna Dagger, Igor Dewe, Ylva Falk, Amélie Poulain)

MUSIC
Khyam Allami, Aïsha Devi, VagusNerve, Nodey

LIGHT
Tanida Akihiko

VIDEO
FL production

TEXT
Tianzhuo Chen, Beio

PRODUCTION MANAGER AND ARTISTIC CONSULTANT
Petra Poelzl

WITH
Ndoho Ange, JoJo, China Yu und House of Drama (Aymeric Bergada Du Cadet, Dyna Dagger, Igor Dewe, Ylva Falk, Amélie Poulain)

A production by Tianzhuo Chen, Long March Space

Resumption at Wiener Festwochen 2017 in co-production with Theater der Welt 2017


DATE / TIME


25.05. 19:30 – 21:45
German premiere
TICKETS
Shuttle service to HAVEN - Das Festivalzentrum after the performance
You're welcome to join our opening party there!

26.05. 21:00 – 23:15
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27.05. 21:00 – 23:15
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LOCATION


Kampnagel, K6
Jarrestraße 20
22303 Hamburg


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TICKET PRICE


12 to 36 Euro / red. 9 to 12 Euro

ARTISTS

ACHILLE MBEMBE

Opening Speech
AN ETHICS OF CONSEQUENCES
25.05.
Thalia Theater


ACHILLE MBEMBE Cameroon / South Africa

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TIANZHUO CHEN

German premiere
ISHVARA

Music theatre / performance
25.05 - 27.05.
Thalia Theater


TIANZHUO CHEN China

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Lemi Ponifasio

World premiere
DIE GABE DER KINDER

Music performance
25.05. - 28.05.
Kakaospeicher


Lemi Ponifasio Samoa, New Zealand

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GEHEIMAGENTUR

Repertory Kampnagel
PORTS

Lecture Performance
25.05. & 26.05.
MS Stubnitz


GEHEIMAGENTUR Hamburg

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JOHAN SIMONS

Repertory Thalia Theater
DER SCHIMMELREITER

Theatre
25.05.
Thalia Theater


JOHAN SIMONS Hamburg

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FERNANDO RUBIO

European premiere
THE TIME BETWEEN US

Durational performance
25.05. - 29.05
HAVEN - Das Festivalzentrum


FERNANDO RUBIO Argentina

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PAPER TIGER THEATER STUDIO / TIAN GEBING

World premiere
500 METERS

Performance
26.05.-28.05
Thalia Gaußstraße


PAPER TIGER THEATER STUDIO / TIAN GEBING China

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WAEL SHAWKY

World premiere
THE SONG OF ROLAND:
THE ARABIC VERSION

Music performance
26.05. - 29.05.
Kampnagel, K2


WAEL SHAWKY Egypt / United Arab Emirates

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MONIRA AL QADIRI

German premiere
FEELING DUBBING

Performance
26.05.-28.05
Kampnagel, P1


MONIRA AL QADIRI France

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FLYNN & HUMPHREY

German premiere
FIVE SHORT BLASTS

Site-specific
26.-29.05 & 02.-04.06.
Bobby Reich/Anleger Meßberg


FLYNN & HUMPHREY Australien

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KORNÉL MUNDRUCZÓ

Premiere Thalia Theater
DIE WEBER

Theatre
27.05. & 28.05.
Thalia Theater


KORNÉL MUNDRUCZÓ Hamburg

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Antú Romero Nunes

Repertory Thalia Theater
MOBY DICK

Theatre
26.05.
Thalia Theater


Antú Romero Nunes Hamburg

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Ghalia Benali

GHALIA BENALI
Concert
28.05.
Kampnagel, K6


Ghalia Benali Tunisia / Belgium

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Antú Romero Nunes

Repertory Thalia Theater
DIE ODYSSEE

Theatre
29.05. & 30.05.
Thalia Gaußtraße


Antú Romero Nunes Hamburg

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Trio Joubran (feat. Youssef Hbeisch)

TRIO JOUBRAN (FEAT. YOUSSEF HBEISCH)
Concert
30.05.
Kampnagel, K6
 


Trio Joubran (feat. Youssef Hbeisch) Palestine / France

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THE PUBLIC THEATER / Richard Nelson

Guest performance
THE GABRIELS
Theatre

30.05.-01.06. & 03.06.& 04.06.
Kampnagel, K1


THE PUBLIC THEATER / Richard Nelson USA

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ARS NOVA

Europapremiere
UNDERGROUND RAILROAD GAME

Theatre
31.05.-03.06.
Kampnagel, P1


ARS NOVA
USA

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Jordan / Koppelmann

Guest performance
IN 80 TAGEN UM DIE WELT

Revue
31.05.,01.,04. & 05.06.
Thalia Zelt


Jordan / Koppelmann
Düsseldorf

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Hajusom / Ensemble Resonanz / Jardin Silmandé

World premiere
SILMANDÉ

Performance
01.06.-04.06.
Kampnagel, K2


Hajusom / Ensemble Resonanz / Jardin Silmandé Hamburg / Burkina Faso

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Royce Ng

World premiere
GHOST OF SHOWA

Performance
31.05.-02.06.
Thalia Gaußstraße


Royce Ng Australia / Hongkong

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Elbjazz

INTERNATIONAL TALENT STAGE
Concert
02.06. & 03.06.
Thalia Zelt


Elbjazz Hamburg

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Teatro Niño Proletario

Deutschlandpremiere
FULGOR

Theatre
02.06. - 03.06.
Thalia Gaußstraße


Teatro Niño Proletario Chile

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Back to Back Theatre

European premiere
LADY EATS APPLE

Theatre
02.06.-04.06.
Thalia Theater


Back to Back Theatre Australia

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Chunky Move

European premiere
AN ACT OF NOW

Dance
02.06. - 04.06.
Kakaospeicher


Chunky Move Australia

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Gintersdorfer / Klaßen

Reenactment
DER FEINDLICHE ZEUGE

Intervention & Exhibition
04.06. - 08.06. &
25.05. - 11.06.
HAVEN - Das Festivalzentrum


Gintersdorfer / Klaßen Hamburg

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Aphids

German premiere
FLYWAY

Site-specific
04.06. - 08.06.
HAVEN - Das Festivalzentrum


Aphids Australia

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BRUNO BELTRÃO / GRUPO RUA

World premiere
NEW CREATION

Dance
04.06. - 06.06.
Kampnagel, K6


BRUNO BELTRÃO / GRUPO RUA Brazil

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Brett Bailey

German premiere
SANCTUARY

Performative installation
05.06. - 10.06.
Oberhafenquartier Halle 3


Brett Bailey South Africa

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La Fura dels Baus

Elbphilharmonie Cooperation
DIE SCHÖPFUNG

Music theatre
05.06. & 06.06.
Elbphilharmonie


La Fura dels Baus Spain

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Wunderbaum

World premiere
SCHRECKLICH AMÜSANT

Theatre
06.06. - 07.06. &
09.06. - 10.06.
Oberhafenquartier Halle 4


Wunderbaum Netherlands

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Hannah Hurtzig / Mobile Akademie Berlin

World premiere
DIE STILLGESTELLTEN

Performative installation
06.06. & 07.06.
Kampnagel, Vorhalle


Hannah Hurtzig / Mobile Akademie Berlin Berlin

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Samar Haddad King / Amir Nizar Zuabi

European premiere
AGAINST A HARD SURFACE

Dance
06.06. - 08.06.
Thalia Gaußstraße


Samar Haddad King / Amir Nizar Zuabi Palestine

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Belarus Free Theatre

German premiere
BURNING DOORS

Theatre
06.06. - 09.06.
Kampnagel, K2


Belarus Free Theatre Belarus / U.K.

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Salia Sanou

German premiere
DU DÉSIR D’HORIZONS
Dance
07.06, 09.06.& 10.06.
Kakaospeicher


Salia Sanou Burkina Faso

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Christiane Jatahy

World premiere
MOVING PEOPLE

Site-specific
07.06. - 11.06.
HAVEN - Das Festivalzentrum


Christiane Jatahy Brazil

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Mapa Teatro

Guest performance
LOS INCONTADOS

Theatre
08.06. - 10.06.
Kampnagel, K1


Mapa Teatro Colombia

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The Young ClassX

THE YOUNG CLASSX
Concert
08.06.
Kakaospeicher


The Young ClassX Hamburg

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Yolanda Gutiérrez

World premiere
URBAN BODIES PROJECT

Site-specifc
09.06. - 11.06.
Chile-Haus


Yolanda Gutiérrez Hamburg

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Hiphop Academy

World premiere
FLIGHT AND COMMAND

Dance
09.06. - 11.06.
Thalia Zelt


Hiphop Academy Hamburg

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IVO VAN HOVE

German premiere
VU DU PONT

Theatre
09.06. - 11.06.
Thalia Theater


IVO VAN HOVE France

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Lena Chamamyan

OLD HARBORS
Concert
10.06. & 11.06.
Kampnagel, K6


Lena Chamamyan France / Syria

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Omar Rajeh / Maqamat Dance Theatre

Guest performance
BEYTNA

Dance & cooking
10.06. & 11.06.
Thalia Gaußstraße


Omar Rajeh / Maqamat Dance Theatre Lebanon

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