TAO Dance Theater — 4 & 9

24 & 25 May 2019

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Sadler's Wells

Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R

Master of minimalist movement Tao Ye founded TAO in 2008. Now famous for their stripped-down forms, the company brings two pieces from its Numerical Series, both featuring music from Tao’s regular collaborator, the avant-garde composer Xiao He.

In 4, a quartet move together in perfectly coordinated formation, without ever touching, as if drawn by a magnetic wave.

Tao’s latest work, 9, signifies a departure from the previous seven works in the series. A significant number in Chinese culture, representing a cycle of hardship and renewal, nine dancers hide connections within chaos.

"Tao has an ability to draw you inside his austere, meditative world"
NEW YORK TIMES on 4

Sadler's Wells

Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R