6 & 7

TAO Dance Theater (Mainland China)




Macao Cultural Centre Grand Auditorium


MOP 300, 250, 180, 120,

Choreography: Tao Ye
Music: Xiao He
Lighting: Ellen Ruge
Deputy Lighting: Ma Yue
Commissioned by: NorrlandsOperan
Supported by: Umea2014, Swedish Arts Council, Swedish Arts Grants Committee Region Vasterbotten and China Literature and Art Foundation

Choreography: Tao Ye
Vocal Design: Tao Ye
Lighting: Ma Yue
Commissioned by: Sadler’s Wells with additional support from Adelaide Festival Centre with development support from Sadler’s Wells New Wave Associates Programme

A rising star of contemporary dance in China, choreographer Tao Ye with his TAO Dance Theater has successfully drawn the attention of the globe. He is well known for seeking possibilities of body to its limits as well as developing a dance style of formally rigorous, reduced abstractions that are nonetheless open to free association by the audience. In 6 & 7, Tao Ye continues his numbered series that explore the potential of the human body as a purely visual form, free from the constraints of story-telling or representation.

In 6, his six dancers move in dynamic and hypnotising unison, in a shifting landscape of light created by Swedish lighting designer Ellen Ruge and accompanied by specially commissioned music from Chinese indie-folk-rock composer Xiao He. 7 continues Tao Ye’s fascination with pattern, precision and physical extremes, and is distinguished by a soundscape of acoustic effects generated by the seven dancers’ own voices.

Duration: approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes, including one interval

The Post-show Sharing Session is on 15 May, 2016.