TAO Dance Theater Named Sadler's Wells "New Wave Associates" artist
After a successful run at Sadler's Wells in 2011, TAO Dance Theatre has been named one of the London centre's inaugural "New Wave Associate" artists. The three-year program provides tailored support as TAO Dance Theatre develops a new work to premier at Sadler's Wells in the coming years.
About the Artist
Artistic Director Tao Ye is a graduate of the Chongqing Dance School in Chongqing, China. After dancing with the Shanghai Army Song & Dance Ensemble, he joined Shanghai Jin Xing Dance Theater, and later moved to Beijing to join the Beijing Modern Dance Company (BMDC).
In March 2008, at only 22 years old, he founded TAO Dance Theater. Main works include his number series Weight x 3; 2; 4; 5; 6; 7; 8. In 2012 leading Asian style magazine Men's UNO awarded Tao Ye the 2012 Elegance Award, recognizing leaders in China’s culture and entertainment field. In 2013, The Beijing News awarded him the 2013 Innovator Award for Dance, and the 2015 Emerging Artist Award. In 2013 The Beijing News awarded him the 2013 Innovator Award for Dance. He is a 2012-14 Sadler’s Wells "New Wave Associates" artist.
About the "New Wave Associates" Program
According to their announcement, "The drive of the Sadler's Wells New Wave Associates scheme is to invite young artists into Sadler's Wells and support them in a variety of bespoke ways at a key time in their careers.
With practical production time in Sadler's Wells' studios and theatres, advice, introductions alongside direct financial support, the aim is to provide an artistic home while enabling them to feed into the artistic programme with their energy, dynamism and fresh ideas.
The scheme is supported by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation. The first artists on the scheme that Sadler's Wells will support are:
Alexander Whitley, Daniel Linehan, Hetain Patel, Rocio Molina, TAO Dance Theatre and Wilkie Branson."
Follow the dancers as they blog about their work and lives at the "New Wave Associates Blog."
Check out some of the press about the program here:
The Dancing Times