River Lin (Paris & Taipei)

20 Minutes for the 20th Century, but Asian


Synopsis: Based on a research on the performing archive, the form and title of this performance parodies the artist Tino Sehgal’s “20 Minutes for the 20th Century” (1999), a collage of 20 iconic choreographies from Merce Cunningham to Pina Bausch to Je´ro^me Bel among others. This performance negotiates how to reconsider 20th century history of dance within an Asian context. The dancer Wen-chung Lin’s personal history and bodily memory serve to investigate the cultural progress of Chinese folk dance, ballet and the Graham technique amongst others. From the collective body and memory to the individual, the dancer performs and questions the historical transformation of inter-cultural embodiment. Concept and choreography: River Lin, Performer: Wen-chung Lin.

River Lin’s FIELD MEETING participation is supported by Alserkal Avenue (Dubai) and National Culture and Arts Foundation of Taiwan.


River Lin is an artist working across the fields of visual and performing arts. Working mostly with the body, Lin explores artforms and investigates the relationship between the ritualistic and the spatial-temporal. Lin’s work includes live installation, one-on-one performance, and choreography, and has been presented at exhibitions, and festivals, including Do Disturb Festival of the Palais de Tokyo and Camping of Centre National de la Danse in Paris, Live Art Project of M+ Museum in Hong Kong, Liveworks Festival in Sydney, 2016 Taipei Biennial and the Rockbund Art Museum in Shanghai amongst others.