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TAO Dance Theater

Tao Ye

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27. 28. 29. 30 Nov.  01 Dec. 2012
Cinquième Salle

"TAO confounds and amazes. It is rare to be able to say 'I've never seen anything quite like it,' and really mean it."  (CVNC: An online Arts Journal in North Carolina, USA)

"TAO Dance Theater… played havoc with preconceived notions of dance.” (The Business Times, Singapore)
 
A dynamic new presence on the contemporary dance scene in China, TAO Dance Theater quickly established a reputation as one of the most interesting young companies in the nation. The troupe has presented its work at major modern dance festivals in China and in Europe, and has also worked with eminent Chinese artists in the genres of theatre, experimental music, cinema, visual arts and installation art. Artistic director Tao Ye opts for a formal dance style. TAO Dance Theater will be presenting two pieces in Montreal: Weight x 3 and 2. An exciting discovery!

"The program's pleasant surprise was the TAO Dance Theater from Beijing." (New York Times, USA)

TAO Dance Theater
Since its inception in 2008, TAO Dance Theater has taken China's dance world by storm. The company has performed in every modern dance festival throughout the country, and also in some of the leading festivals in Asia, Europe and North America. Its presentations are often coupled with workshops and teaching residencies at events such as Europalia in Brussels, Culturescapes (Switzerland), M.A.D.E. Festival (Sweden), Singapore Arts Festival, Fall for Dance (U.S.) and the American Dance Festival.

Not in any way distracted by the desire to perform abroad, these artists devote their time and energy to their art. Dance dynamos but never show-offs, these virtuosos all have a very high level of technical virtuosity. Unlike many other modern choreographers in China, Tao Ye is moving away from naturalist and figurative trends. He explores the shapes and structures of forms, focusing on interactions between movement and music in minimalist fashion while multiplying layers of body language and physical movements through space.

TAO Dance Theater has always devoted itself to the importance of dance education. It has been invited to teach at the China Central University of Nationalities, Beijing Languages University, Shaanxi Teachers College, Yan’an University, the International School of Beijing, the Henny Jurriens Foundation in Amsterdam and the Olten Dance Festival in Switzerland. It also offers classes and workshops at a number of institutions, including the Chaoyang District Cultural Centre and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Beijing.


Tao Ye
For Tao Ye, it all began when he imitated yoga poses he had seen on television. At the age of 12 he was very supple and could easily readily execute difficult yoga postures. He was encouraged by his grandmother to enrol in a dance class. He immediately felt at home, and knew that he was meant to dance. He graduated from Chongqing Dance School and began his career with the Army Song and Dance Ensemble in China. In 2003 he joined the Jin Xing Dance Theatre, where he remained until 2006. He had meanwhile founded the Zuhe Niao company in Shanghai in 2004, and performed in their first production Tongue's Memory of Home. In 2005 his choreography One Person (a duo) was presented at the Shanghai Art Festival, and the following year he joined the Beijing Modern Dance Company (BMDC), performing across China and all over the world. As a member of the BMDC he choreographed In•In (2006) and Fantasy (2007). In March 2008 he founded TAO Dance Theater. 
 
Lenght: 1 h 20

Credits
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Choreography Tao Ye. Performers Wang Hao, Duan Ni, Lei Yan, Tao Ye. Music Piano Phase and Drumming Part IV by Steve Reich, used by arrangement with TBD. Costumes Tao Ye. Lighting Wang Peng, Tao Ye. Premiere September 2009, Oriental Pioneer Theater, Beijing, China. Length 20 minutes.

Intermission

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Choreography and performance Tao Ye and Duan Ni. Music Xiao He. Lighting Wang Peng. Costumes Li Min. Producer Ping Pong Productions. Premiere 3 June 2011, Singapore Arts Festival A co-commission for the Singapore Arts Festival, NorrlandsOperan and Dansmakers Amsterdam.
 Length 48 minutes.


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