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Sonic Acts Biennial 2024: TRANCE

Sonic Acts Biennial 2024: TRANCE

Friday 23 February 2024

Friday 23 February 2024

In Paradiso

Doors: 14:30, Doors close: 03:00, Main programme: 15:00

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Somewhere between a rock concert, an underground rave, an immersive theatre production, and an otherworldly cinematic experiment, for TRANCE, visionary contemporary artist Tianzhuo Chen, the director of Asian Dope Boys, presents a synthesis of his work from the past decade. Taking place at the former church Paradiso, the 12-hour-long extravaganza includes a sprawling ensemble cast of international musicians and performers such as ¥ØU$UK€ ¥UK1MAT$U, Dis Fig, KIM KHAN, Ylva Falk, Kasimyn and Ican Harem (Gabber Modus Operandi).

Featuring Chen’s vibrant, spooky, tentacular, and lavish animations, the multidisciplinary performance incorporates live music, dance, installation, DJ sets, and audiovisual components, including an enormous sculpture of a micro-animal called a tardigrade suspended from the Paradiso ceiling. ​​​​Underneath the stained glass window, the floor will be covered in a layer of real grass, tropical plants, and water features, metaphorising the church into a living, breathing organism. Offering a remarkable return to the inner workings of the body, time and space, the stage becomes a symbiotic entity that allows an ecstatic assemblage to take place.

The full schedule of this 12-hour club spectacle will be released on 15 January on the Sonic Acts Biennial 2024 website.

Some warnings: nudity, strong language + filming and photography throughout the performance is expressly permitted.

The event is accessible for wheelchair users.

Photo: CG Watkins of ‘TRANCE’ by Tianzhuo Chen. Courtesy of Sonic Acts.

Tianzhuo Chen

Born in China in 1985, Tianzhuo Chen now resides in Berlin. His eclectic and multidisciplinary practice incorporates performance, installation, video, photography, and works on paper, elements that are often seamlessly integrated into complex, all-encompassing performances that blur the boundaries between exhibition and theatre.

More info
Tianzhuo Chen web

How to get to Paradiso

Paradiso is on the Weteringschans 6-8 in Amsterdam. That is very close to Leidseplein. From every part of the city there are trams heading towards Leidseplein. From there on out you can walk to Paradiso. Free and secured underground bike parking is available on the opposite side of Paradiso. Travelling by car is difficult, since there are only a few busy parking lots nearby. 

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