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March 28, 2014

National Theatre of China’s ‘Green Snake’ at Kennedy Center playfully blends old and new

Check out the full Washington Post article at this link.  The National Theatre of China’s “Green Snake” begins with a dignified ceremony as monks march through the aisles of the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater, taking the stage for a somber ritual. Um, that was fake, a monk wryly explains a […]
March 1, 2014

TAO, abstract in motion

Check out the full Boston Globe article at this link.  For TAO Dance Theater’s artistic director/choreographer Tao Ye, choreography is all about stretching “the boundaries of the flesh.” It is about abstract shapes in motion, with the human body as the vehicle — no narrative, no underlying emotional subtext, just […]
February 21, 2014

The Magnetic Pull of Touching, and Not Touching: TAO Dance Theater Performs 2 Meditative Works

Check out the full New York Times article at this link.  Tao Ye doesn’t think in terms of Eastern or Western where his art is concerned. This Chinese choreographer, who formed his company in Beijing in 2008, avoids such categorical boxes; his dances, he believes, should stand on their own, […]
January 31, 2014

Spring Preview Theater: Around the world in 21 days

Check out the full Washington Post article at this link.  At the Kennedy Center come March, all the world’s ON stage. From China and Chile the plays will arrive, and from France and Kuwait and Canada and Australia and Mexico and Israel and South Africa. From every continent, in fact, […]
November 29, 2013

War play

Check out the full China Daily article at this link.  Using loudspeakers as his main tool, theater director Wang Chong attempts to tell a story about the mechanisms of war in his latest production The Warfare of Landmine 2.0. Xu Lin reports. Six people in colorful trousers make a circle […]
November 21, 2013

“Quiero volver al origen del cuerpo” [TAO Dance]

Check out the full El Mundo article at this link.  Ha venido por primera vez a España, dentro del festival Madrid en Danza, precedido de elogios en los más importantes periódicos internacionales. Al joven coreógrafo de 27 años Tao Ye (en China, como en otros países del este de Europa, […]
November 20, 2013

Un ideario chino [TAO Dance]

Check out the full El Pais article at this link. Una China pujante en lo artístico corre en un vertiginoso presente a la par que se exhibe como la segunda economía mundial (y con pronósticos de llegar más pronto que tarde a ser la primera), tratando de colocarse en lugar […]
October 9, 2013

New ‘take’ on Ibsen

Check out the full Global Times article at this link.  For avant-garde theater director Wang Chong, multimedia is not only a doorway to rediscovering the works of Henrik Ibsen, but also what connects his stories of social struggle to modern China. As the artistic director of Théatre du Rêve Expérimental, […]
October 2, 2013

Rise of China’s Avant-Garde

Check out the full International Arts Manager article at this link.  Taking a radical approach to both form and text, Théâtre du Rêve Expérimental has been changing the face of China’s theatrical landscape since 2008. Its fearlessly avant-garde approach encompasses a blend of eastern tradition with western post-modernism, the contemporary […]
September 1, 2013

Modern China through a lovely Ibsen-filter

Check out the full Theaterkrant review at this link. A boy lies on his back on stage. He cuts origami figures from a sheet of pink paper. A screen of white cloth separates him from his parents, who talk about him behind the screen. While acting, the actors are being […]
September 1, 2013

Ibsen in One Take Review

Check out the full Theaterkrant review at this link.  Ibsen in One Take is neither a medley of Ibsen’s masterpieces nor an original pièce inspired by Ibsen’s work. It is both these things, and more. Born of the collaboration of up-and-coming Chinese director Wang Chong and Beijing-based Norwegian playwright Oda […]
August 9, 2013

Sinica: Alison Friedman on China and the Arts

Check out the full article on the Pop Up Chinese website at this link. The last ten years have seen a genuine transformation in China’s arts world, as a large sector that used to be dependent almost exclusively on government funding has been downsized into the maelstrom of the market, leaving […]
August 2, 2013

Modern Dance Group Comes Home to Beijing

Check out the full Wall Street Journal article at this link.  Until recently, Beijing’s TAO Dance Theater was a modern dance company that won kudos abroad but was largely overlooked at home. That’s going to change with this weekend’s performance at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing […]
July 31, 2013

The TAO of dance: Tao Ye interview

Check out the full Time Out Beijing article at this link.  The flexibility of Chinese dancers is worshipped the world over, and even by these stratospheric standards, the boneless Tao Ye stands out. But though his body moves like a cracked whip, it is his choreography that will make him […]
June 21, 2013


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June 4, 2013

An Unusual Theater Revival in China: An American Play About Press Freedom

Check out the full New York Times article at this link.  BEIJING — One night in December 2011 I found myself sitting in a freezing theater south of Tiananmen Square in the Chinese capital watching an American play about press freedoms and government control. The play, “Top Secret: Battle for […]
May 31, 2013

‘Top Secret’ Plays Out in China

Check out the full Wall Street Journal article at this link.  With a title like “Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers,” one might expect a bumpy road to the stage in China, where government manipulation and press freedom remain sensitive topics. But when L.A. Theatre Works toured the […]
May 29, 2013

Tel Aviv Dance 2013: TAO Dance Theater

Check out the full MidnightEast blog post at this link. TAO Dance Theater defines a different grammar of being: in a stark universe demarcated by a white floor and black walls,  artistic director Tao Ye creates a world that reveals itself in movement and images, establishing its own natural order; […]
May 23, 2013

Cutting-edge Chinese choreography

Check out the full Jerusalem Post article at this link. Next week Israeli audiences will have a rare opportunity to get a glimpse of cutting-edge contemporary dance from China. The offering comes courtesy of the TAO Dance Theater of Beijing, which will perform Weight x 3 and 2 at the Suzanne Dellal […]
May 20, 2013

‘Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers’ Is a Hit in … China?

Check out the full article from The Atlantic at this link. A little less than two years ago, the play, “Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers,” came to China by way of Los Angeles, playing to mostly student audiences in small theaters in Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou. I took […]