TAO DANCE THEATER

TAO photo of 7 by Duan Ni aTAO Dance Theatre performs 7 part of the double bill 6 & 7 at Sadler's Wells Theatre, part of Dance Umbrella 2014rrChoreographer: Tao Ye rLighting designer: Ellen Ruge rDancers: Duan Ni, Lei Yan, Fu Liwei, Wang MIngchao, Mao Xue, Li Shunjie, Qian Tingting, rrrsee www.dancetabs.comrphoto - © Foteini Christofilopoulou

6&7
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.