Toilet Hamlet

Ding Yiteng

Yiteng Ding:

My father died on 5 January in 2015…


Ding, For what we know must be and is as common

As any the most vulgar thing to sense,

Why should we in our peevish opposition

Take it to heart? Fie! ’tis a fault to heaven,

A fault against the dead, a fault to nature,

To reason most absurd, whose common theme

Is death of fathers, and who still hath cried,

From the first corse till he that died to-day, ‘This must be so.’

Ding Yiteng is a Beijing born director. He has been hailed as “the most pioneering young director in Chinese theatre today”. The International Cultural and Art magazine in America, Scene 4, called him “the shining artist of his generation”. Ding’s absurdist performance style has received universal acclaim from the theatre master Eugenio Barba, the Italian scholar Nicola Savarese, the U.S. actress-critic Lissa Tyler Renaud, and the Chinese dramatist Shi Hang.


His directing works, such as Frankenstein: Paradise Lost in Darkness , Frankenstein: The Dream of Ice and Fire , Injustice to Tou O, Dream of a Drunk Poet , and Macbeth and Fleance , all reflect the merging of the quintessence of artistic traditions and contemporary forms in addition to blending Asian and Western cultures. He won the New Prominent Chinese Director Award 2018 and was a two-time nominee of The Most Prominent Young Chinese Theatre Artist of the Year (2015 and 2016). His works have been invited to Southbank Center, China Changing Festival , London, Grotowski Institute , Poland, Odin Festuge , Denmark, Wuzhen International Theatre Festival, and Beijing Fringe Festival among others at home and internationally.


Ding Yiteng