The work of extraordinary young dancer and choreographer Tao Ye unites theater, soundscapes, the visual arts, and silence to riveting effect.
For this New York appearance, TAO presents two works. One of these, called 2, is a duet developed from the rhythms of the spoken word; the performers recorded their own conversations during rehearsal and daily life to develop the accompanying soundscape with leading Chinese folk-rock musician-composer Xiao He. The resulting performance is both hypnotic and thought-provoking, as virtuosic patterns emerge from minimalistic movements to represent two souls in conversation. The other work, 4, is the company's newest creation, a high-impact and intensely physical piece for four women seen here in its North American premiere.