Tao Dance Theater: 4 & 5 - New Vision Arts Festival 2014

2014-10-31 20:00 - 2014-11-01 21:20

Tao Dance Theater: 4 & 5 - New Vision Arts Festival 2014

When: 31 Oct - 1 Nov 2014 Fri-Sat 20:00
Where: Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

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Choreographer: Tao Ye
Music: Xiao He

Formed in 2008, TAO Dance Theater has earned worldwide critical acclaim with an innovative minimalist dance vocabulary that stretches the body to its limits. Hailed by the New York Times as "extraordinary and appealing", the group has performed in many international arts festivals and has been commissioned over three consecutive years by Sadler's Wells in London through the New Wave Associates initiative.

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Tao Ye, founder and choreographer of TAO Dance Theater, is best known for his exploration of untapped possibilities of the dance arts and physical frontiers. He uses the spine as the axis and dantian as the momentum to develop a style that is both austere yet filled with energy and vitality.

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4 and 5 are among the most representative of TAO Dance Theater's repertoire. 4 takes a quartet of dancers through a series of moves that bend in perfect unison, without any contact with each other from start to finish. Staccato vocals with folkloric characteristics and Buddhist bells add to the haunting ambience of the work.

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In contrast, 5, premiered at the Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam, features a monastic quintet moving continuously as one. Performers drift on and over one another, with limbs and torsos dissolving into an ever-evolving tableau that transcends time and space. Lucid and amazingly resonant, 5 showcases the dancers' technical excellence and serves as a powerful testament to the rapture of pure movement.

"Tao may just emerge as China's greatest choreographer" - Time Out Beijing
"A radical new presence on the country's burgeoning contemporary dance scene" - The Times, UK


Talk - TAO Dance Theater Around the World
When: 2 Nov 2014 Sun 16:00
Where: Concert Hall Backstage Level 7 CR1, Hong Kong Cultural Centre


Since its establishment in 2008, TAO Dance Theater has created a buzz in the international dance world with an innovative minimalist style that stretches the body to its limits. Here, Founder and Artistic Director Tao Ye share his experience this year of touring 11 countries across five continents in 2014 including Sweden, the USA, the UK, France, Austria, etc., the group's creative development over the past six years, as well as the concepts behind 4 and 5, his presentations at the New Vision Arts Festival.

Speaker: Tao Ye (Artistic Director)
Moderator: Catherine Yau
Free Admission
In Putonghua. Limited seats available on a first-come-first-served basis.


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