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TAO Dance Theatre to Open NYU Skirball Center's VISIONS + VOICES: CHINA, 2/20-23

TAO Dance Theatre to Open NYU Skirball Center's VISIONS + VOICES: CHINA, 2/20-23

TAO Dance Theater's 4 and the U.S. Premiere of 5 will open the second annual Visions + Voices Global Performance Series at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts from February 20-23. This year's Visions + Voices will focus on China and will run from February 20-May 12, 2014.

In TAO Dance Theater's 4 and the U.S. Premiere of 5, the works continue choreographer Tao Ye's journey of pushing the boundaries of corporeal expression.

One of China's premiere contemporary dance companies boldly stretches the boundaries of the human physical form.

After a sold out run at the Lincoln Center Festival in 2012, TAO Dance Theater returns with 4, a continuation of choreographer Tao Ye's exploration of the potential of the human body as a visual element, devoid of story-telling or representation. Four dancers seem to be propelled by a magnetic wave that sometimes pulls them apart, and then seems to push them together again, without ever touching.


In the U.S. Premiere of 5, which received standing ovations in Amsterdam at its world premiere, the dancers engage in physical contact, in fact, they move in an indistinguishable kaleidoscopic mass of limbs and light, never dispersing even for a moment.

Related Events:
PANEL DISCUSSION
February 18, 6-7:30pm
NYU Dance Department, Tisch School of the Arts, 111 Second Avenue, Studio 1
Building a Movement: A Conversation on Contemporary Dance in China

Contemporary and traditional Chinese dance artists and scholars will engage in a conversation about contemporary dance in China, its history and evolution, its relationship to traditional Chinese dance, and its current role in Chinese society.

Panelists:
Patricia Beaman, Dance History, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU
Tao Ye, Artistic Director, Choreographer & Founder of TAO Dance Theater
Alison M. Friedman, Founder & Creative Director, Ping Pong Productions
Kate Jewett, Rehearsal Director, Shen Wei Dance Arts
Aly Rose, Founder, ONE Management Group, LLC
Xiaoxiao Wang, Dance MFA Candidate, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU
Stephen Xue, Company Manager, Shen Wei Dance Arts

Space is limited. RSVP to skirball.education@nyu.edu

Q&A
February 21, Post-8PM performance
Tao Ye, Choreographer & Founder of TAO Dance Theater
Alison M. Friedman, Founder & Creative Director, Ping Pong Productions

PRE-SHOW TALK
February 22, 7pm at NYU Skirball
Contemporary Dance in China: The Emerging Generation
Speaker: Emily Wilcox, Assistant Professor of Modern Chinese Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

The Visions + Voices Global Performance Series is an annual performing arts series held at the NYU Skirball Center that creates a unique opportunity to celebrate and closely examine a singular world culture through a wide ranging artistic lens. This year's focus is China and highlights several artists who build upon cultural tradition while embracing modern perspectives. NYU Skirball believes that rich international programming not only excites New York audiences and the NYU community, but also serves as a catalyst for international dialogue and education. Celebrating the richness of NYU's global network of campuses, future seasons include partnerships with Germany, Israel, Abu Dhabi and London.

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