STRAIGHT LINE TRIL­OGY

TAO ‘9’ AT THE NCPA

City Weekend - - Things To Do -  Chris­tian Neoh

Tao’s fi­nal sec­tion of his Straight Line Tril­ogy, ti­tled ‘8’, and the new­est piece by Tao ‘9’ will be per­form­ing at Beijing’s Na­tional Cen­tre for the Per­form­ing Arts on Novem­ber 3 and 4. This dance the­atre is known as one of China’s lead­ing forces in the dance world. Hav­ing per­formed at fes­ti­vals world­wide, in­clud­ing Spain, Sin­ga­pore, Amer­ica, Korea, Malaysia, Bel­gium, the UK, and of course, China, Tao is most rec­og­nized for forg­ing the col­lab­o­ra­tion of ex­per­i­men­tal mu­sic, film, and vis­ual arts into pieces of pu­ri­fied dance show­cas­ing sim­plic­ity in phys­i­cal­ity, but com­plex in­stal­la­tion.

The per­for­mance un­der­takes aes­thet­ics, score, and chore­o­graphic ac­tion that shape-shift into other worlds. Tao ex­hibits levels of min­i­mal­ism fused with aes­thetic to build chore­og­ra­phy that can only be de­scribed at times me­chanic, sway­ing, or rep­re­sen­ta­tive of a cur­rent.

Each in­di­vid­ual artist in the crew pos­sesses pow­er­ful levels of tech­ni­cal vir­tu­os­ity that aren’t chan­neled to tricks but rather the ex­plo­ration of form. Tao pro­vides a beau­ti­ful plat­form for move­ment ex­plo­ration.

The per­for­mances of ‘8’ and ‘9’ are sure to present them­selves as an in­com­pa­ra­ble col­lec­tive that will take you on an out-of-this-world jour­ney.

“BLEU” A pro­duc­tion de­voted to the Sea - a cra­dle of na­ture, cul­ture, and myth. Rooted in Mediter­ranean mythol­ogy, “BLEU” is a mag­i­cal story that be­gins when a sea nymph ac­ci­den­tally drops a pearl into the deep blue sea and a sailor sets off on an ad­ven­ture-packed voy­age to find it and re­turn it to her. Sump­tu­ous vis­ual im­agery, dig­i­tal me­dia, light­ing, move­ment, dance, and mu­sic, take everyone on a mar­itime odyssey. There are op­por­tu­ni­ties for par­tic­i­pa­tion on stage with the per­form­ers as the story un­folds. Chil­dren will be­come im­mersed in the world of “BLEU” with float­ing sea crea­tures, stormy wa­ters, and howl­ing winds. They will be in­vited to help ex­plore and re­solve prob­lems through­out the sailor’s ad­ven­tures into the deep­est abyss and back up again.

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