10, 11, 12, 13, 14

Tao Ye

Dancers in colorful long dresses, excerpt from “14”
© Fan Xi
Tao Ye
175 min

In 2023, Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels is supporting the Tao Dance Theater 15th Anniversary Show : Numerical Series, for the presentation of 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14  at the National Center for the Performing Arts .

On the 15th anniversary of the founding of TAO Dance Theater, the company will focus on five ‘Numerical Series’ performances, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14. The works in the ‘Numerical Series’ are exempt of narratives and characters, and explore the richness and possibilities of dance language from a purer perspective of physical movement. 

10, created in 2020, outlines a primitive human campfire allegory through circular dances. 11 was created in 2021, and is Tao Ye's longest numerical work yet. The piece tries to understand freedom through new qualifications, looking for a balance between the nature of the individual and the order of the group. Created in 2019, the work 12 is choreographed by TAO Dance Theater for Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, based on twelve sections of rising and rolling clouds. 13 was created in 2022, and uses the concept of trinity, which includes solo, duo, and group dances, three ways of connecting bodies that make up the entire creation. Finally, 14 explores the theme of rhythm and change, breaking with the previous creative method of repetitive cycles, and using the ever-changing texture of movement to project the temporal and spatial possibilities between movement and static.

Dancer coming out of a cercle of dancers, all dressed in black
01 / 05 — 10, Tao Ye © Fan Xi
Dancers in a line on a white path of light, facing another dancer on a light path, alone
02 / 05 — 11, Tao Ye © Fan Xi
Dancer doing a headstand, in a grey ensemble
03 / 05 — 12, Tao Ye © Fan Xi
Low angle shot of dancers in grey coats.
04 / 05 — 13, Tao Ye © Fan Xi
group of dancers moving in large colored jumpsuits
05 / 05 — 14, Tao Ye © Fan Xi

about the artist

Portrait of Tao Ye

Tao Ye

Tao Ye is a graduate of the Chongqing Dance School in China. After dancing with the Shanghai Army Song & Dance Ensemble, he joined the Shanghai Jin Xing Dance Theater and later moved to Beijing to join the Beijing Modern Dance Company (BMDC). In 2008, at the age of 23, Tao Ye founded TAO Dance Theater. Inspired by Oriental thought, Tao Ye developed the Circular Movement System in combination with his own style of dance. Tao Ye consistently signifies his choreography with minimalistic style, repetition and restriction.