Yasen Vasilev (1988) is a Bulgarian-born poet-playwright, educated at the theatre academies in Sofia and Shanghai. Author of two poetry collections, numerous spoken word shows and five plays: The Walled In Ones (2012, Nikolay Binev Theatre, Sofia), Borgestriptych (2014, Swatch Art Peace Hotel, Shanghai), Elevation 506 (2015, readings and workshops at Theatre Drachengasse, Vienna; Red House, Sofia; Shanghai Theatre Academy, Shanghai; Drama League of New York), Ishmael (2016, Nau Ivanow, Barcelona) and Erasmegidio (2017, Quartieri dell'arte festival, Italy). A new play, The Woman of the Lighthouse, will be produced as a repertoire piece at Ivan Radoev theatre in Pleven, Bulgaria this coming season. Yasen is also the creator of Nutricula (2015, Minsheng Museum, Shanghai; Gerador, Lisbon; Arts Printing House, Vilnius), a physical solo research and performance presented in Asia and Europe. Yasen was artist in residence at the Swatch Art Peace Hotel, Shanghai (2014), KulturKontakt and the Federal Chancellery of Austria (2015), The Drama League of New York (2016), Atalaia Artes Performativas Portugal (2016), Arts Printing House Vilnius (2016), La Maison Maria Casares France (2017) and The Blank Contemporary Art Bergamo (2017).
NUTRICULA is a piece that aims to create raw, powerful physical language and influence
audiences directly with a bare minimum of elements: no costumes, sets, music or lights.
NUTRICULA's strategy is to liberate the body and the physical actions it produces from the
meaning that's imposed on them (gender, class, race).
NUTRICULA puts the performer into intensive physical struggle with himself to test and reimagine
the limits of the body.
NUTRICULA was inspired by the immortal jellyfish turritopsis nutricula – the only organism
known to man that never dies.