Proposition for a Conversation About a Silent Opera on Tehching Hsieh

Conducted by Li-E Chen


5:00pm – 6:00pm | Saturday 12 August 2017

*Secret Location*

(Meet in the Foyer at RADA Studios, 16 Chenies Street, London, WC1E 7EX)



A Participatory Conversation/Experiment will be conducted by artist Li-E Chen during the Tête à Tête festival as part of her preparation for her upcoming one year research and development project entitled: R&D Silent Opera on The Life And Art of Tehching Hsieh.


You ask Li-E Chen the following questions during the experiment without knowing anything more about the context of her project. What is the Silent Opera? How is it possible for singers and composers to work on a silent opera without narrative and context? Where is the music? Where is the voice? What do you mean by “de-territorialising” opera into a “becoming-sculpture”? How is possible to write your opera? Why does it need to be opera, not a musical or theatrical text? What would you do if the project is not successful?


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About Li-E Chen
Li-E Chen is a London-based interdisciplinary artist/director, whose work proposes a radical new way to develop experimental opera, using silence, nothingness and thinking as principles of a creative process that eschews narrative and representational meaning. Li-E’s opera writing and making draws on durational performance, conceptual art as well as contemporary philosophy and mathematics found in Deleuze and Guattari’s ‘rhizomatic thinking’ and Wittgenstein’s propositional form.


She was recently awarded Grants for the Arts for her 168 experiments of site-specific art project ’n-1’ (2015 – 2017) which set the foundation for her upcoming R&D Silent Opera on The Life and Art of Tehching Hsieh.