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1-9 July.Taipei, Taiwan
An extraordinary festival of performance design, including exhibitions, performances
and diverse events,attracted over 15,000 visitors from 71 countries.


Professional Designers


Zeen Tan


Selected Category: Performance Design

Category: Performance Design

Design Statement

The designer puts a theatre event performing on an ongoing bus.
The bus brought the audience into a journey of city wandering through a particular route, associating mutual city memories with the audience by playing audio contents .
Here, the whole city transformed into a moving stage. Interestingly, at one point, the ‘bus auditorium’ became a functional bus again .The bus traveled from city center to suburb, and arrived at an open landscape on the edge of this city.
This is a documentary journey of revealing the radical development of cities in China for the past decades.
Towards the end of this event, the audience witnessed a ritual of handing over piles of files besides a solitary desk in this landscape of wilderness.
What contained in those files were biographies of people who passed away .
Nearly 100 people’s files were read literally by huddled performers with touch lighting on the way back…


Zeen Tan

Tan received Bachelor and Master degree in Stage Design at The Central Academy of Drama, China. Now, he is an associate Professor and in charge of “Scenography Studio” in Communication University of China.
Since 1997, he has created over 100 works in Theatre, Chinese Opera, Film, Film or Theatre Festival as well as Contemporary Art exhibition in China, Japan, Taiwan, Germany, Macau, Hong Kong, Korea and etc..
His works have been selected for WSD2009, 2011&2015 Beijing Stage Design Invitation Exhibition, 2014 (Beijing) & 2016 (Wuzhen) CISD Nominees Exhibition for Avant-Garde Drama Designers, 2015 The Third Chinese Stage Design Exhibition, Busan Biennale 2016 (Korea). Hence, he was the exhibition designer of China Pavilion in PQ 2015.
His major works include:
The Master, 2016, collaborated with Shen Shaomin(Australia)\
Diary of A Madman, 2012, directed by Li Jianjun\
When the Dust Settles, 2011, directed by WeiXiaoping(France)\
Dawn of the Forbidden City, 2010, National Peking Opera, directed by Fredric Mao Chun-Fai(HongKong)\
FUWA, 2008, Beijing children’s Art Theatre, directed by Shao Zehui\
Rhinoceros, 2006, National Theatre of China, directed by Ning Chunyan(France)\
Sturm und Drang, 2001, National Theatre of China, directed by Tian Qinxin\
Bug, 2000, directed by Meng Jinghui\

Email Address: tanzeen167@gmail.com

Theatre Company Beijing Penghao Theatre (Theatre Without Borders)

The Premiere Date of Production 2013-12-31

The Premiere Space of Production Beijing

Author Collective creation

Director/ Choreographer Li Jianjun

Set Designer Tan Zeen

Lighting Designer Collective creation

Costume Designer Collective creation

Sound Designer Collective creation

Other Creative Collaborator/s Xiao Jing, Zhang jiahuai, Yang Mingcheng, Fang Yicong, Liu Biao, Cheng Wenming, Sun Xiaoxing, Feng Hancheng, Geng Lingling, Liang Mei, Li Yuanti