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WSD2017|A Wonderful Day
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

A Wonderful Day

Selected Category: Performance Design

Category: Performance Design

Design Statement

A Wonderful Day at the beginning of design process, there was no such thing as a script, the challenge was: how to bring 19 ordinary people together talking about their own stories for an hour on a theatre stage .
This performance was designed with the use of audio transmitting devices and headphones , in order to create an unique spectator experience.
19 performers were telling their own stories simultaneously on the stage, creating 19 hubbubs of voices. Each story was broadcasted on a particular frequency channel through shortwave. With a simple twist of a button, each audience was able to choose different channel via distributed radio device.The designer used a theatre ladder from lighting department to lift a salvo of 12 guns, which were set to fire every 20 minutes by high-pressure gas during the performance.
The unexpected loud sound interrupted all the story telling.
Maybe it was a sudden scolding
Or, a compliment, a celebration …


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 Fringe Festival,2013

The Premiere Date of Production 2013-09-13

The Premiere Space of Production NTC Pioneer Theater, Beijing

Author Zhuang Jiayun,etc

Director/ Choreographer Li Jianjun

Set Designer Tan Zeen

Lighting Designer Chen Xiaji

Costume Designer Li Jianjun

Sound Designer Tan Zeen

Projection and Multi-Media Designer Tan Zeen

Other Creative Collaborator/s Xia Maotian, Zhang jiahuai, Yang Mingcheng, Liu Biao, Cheng Wenming, etc