In The News

April 29, 2014

Tim Robbins’ Actors Gang to Perform ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ in Beijing in June

Check out the full Beijinger article at this link. Academy Award-winning actor Tim Robbins’ Actors Gang is coming to Beijing in June, to present, appropriately, Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday. The play will get a five-day run at the National Center for the Performing Arts (NCPA) […]
April 28, 2014

The Actors’ Gang to Launch A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM International Tour this Summer; Tim Robbins to Direct

Check out the full Broadway World article at this link.  The Actors’ Gang, the critically acclaimed Los Angeles based ensemble Theatre Company, will be heading overseas bringing William Shakespeare‘s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Academy Award winner Tim Robbins, to international audiences. The production will put on six performances […]
April 28, 2014

Actors’ Gang takes Shakespeare to China

Check out the full L.A. Times article at this link. Tim Robbins will take the Actors’ Gang’s production of ” A Midsummer Night’s Dream” to China, with performances in Beijing and Shanghai scheduled for June. “Midsummer” is expected to run in Beijing at the National Center for the Performing Arts […]
April 2, 2014

Contemporary retelling of “Green Snake”staged in Washington D.C.

Check out the full CCTV news clip at this link.   
March 30, 2014

World Stages: International Theater Festival- The National Theatre of China’s ‘Green Snake’ at The Kennedy Center

Check out the full DC Metro Theater Arts article at this link.  The World Stages: International Theater Festival takes the center stage at The Kennedy Center, March 10-30, 2014 bringing together some of today’s most exciting theatrical visionaries presenting an unprecedented focus on theatre from around the globe. Twenty-two theatrical […]
March 28, 2014

Green Snake premieres in DC; an enchanting mystery

Check out the full China Daily article at this link.  If finding true love isn’t already complicated enough, doing so in defiance of the laws of nature can only lead to more loss – or is it more gain? The theme is explored in the Chinese masterpiece Green Snake, which […]
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 […]