TAO Dance Theater

6 & 7

9-10 APR 2016
Main Stage
1 hour (with intermission)
“Become the change you want to see!” Minimalism that stretches human movement to its limits in two contemporary dance performances by an internationally celebrated Chinese choreographer.
Full price: 15 – 18 €
Reduced & Small groups
(5-9 people): 11 – 14 €
Large groups (10+ people):
9 – 12 €
People with disabilities: 5 € -
Companions: 10 €
Unemployed: 5 €
Distant China is a world unto itself and only rarely do examples of its contemporary culture find their way out to us. Now, the OCC brings us a Chinese choreographer who has conquered the world’s stages in recent years with his minimalist choreographies that invite the audience to envision and commune on a profound level with the work unfolding before their eyes.
Tao Ye rejects any attempts to harness his work to narrative, which is why he numbers his choreographies rather than naming them. Numbers 6 and 7 were choreographed one after the other, but are presented here as a single work. 6 takes us into a dark world: six black-clad dancers emerge out of a foggy landscape resembling smog-choked Beijing. They start moving with one ‘voice’, treading the ground firmly and dancing—chiefly with the upper part of their bodies—a ritualistic dance which stretches the human body to the very limits of its flexibility. An equally minimalist soundtrack and the exceptional lighting design of Sweden’s Ellen Ruge, a close collaborator of Mats Ek, who has done a lot of high-profile work here in Greece, complete the raw materials of this performance-experience.
If we see 6 as Yin, then 7 is Yang, a ‘reversed’, almost deconstructed, reading of the same material. This time, the six dancers emerge dressed in white against a demystifyingly white backdrop. The choreography is almost identical to that of 6, but this time the sound is produced by the dancers’ bodies, creating a musical composition by Tao Ye himself. Their breathing, sounds, bodies compose a landscape which is the same but different. In this repositioning of a work we have already seen, the work reveals a singular artist.


Choreography: Tao Ye
Music: Xiao He
Dancers: Fu Liwei, Mao Xue, Li Shunjie, Yu Jinying, Huang li, Hu Jing
Lighting: Ellen Ruge
Costumes: Tao Ye, Li Min
Premiere: 1 February 2014 “6: The Sami Chinese Project” as the opening performance of the 2014 European Cultural Capital at NorrlandsOperan in Umea, Sweden
Commissioned by: NorrlandsOperan
Supported by: Umea2014, Swedish Arts Council, Swedish Arts Grants Committee Region Vasterbotten and China Literature and Art Foundation

Choreography: Tao Ye
Music: Tao Ye
Dancers: Fu Liwei, Mao Xue, Li Shunjie, Yu Jinying, Huang li, Ming Da, Hu Jing
Lighting: Ma Yue, Tao Ye
Costumes: Tao Ye, Li Min
Premiere: 19 September 2014 at OzAsia Festival, Adelaide Festival Centre
Commissioned by: Sadler’s Wells with additional support from Adelaide Festival Centre Development
Supported by: Sadler’s Wells New Wave Associates Program

Sunday 10 April
After performance talk with Tao Ye
Chaired by Giorgos Mitropoulos, journalist

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25 - 26 May 2016

21:00 Upper Stage
Full price: 10 €
Reduced-Unemployed: 5 €
People with disabilities & Companions: 5 €


FFF | Archive Arkadi Zaides

24 - 29 May 2016

23 Akadimias str, Athens
Full price: 10 €
Reduced-Unemployed: 5€
Tickets at the door:
10 € cash only (available 30’ before the show)

The activity takes place in a non-theatrical venue which is not accessible to people with mobility impairments.


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