6 & 9
Meditative and minimalist, 6 and 9 pay tribute to the potential and perseverance of the human body. Masterpieces of abstract beauty. Entrancing, hypnotic rituals.
Masterpieces of abstract beauty, a tribute to the potential and perseverance of the human body, these two pieces dazzle with their simplicity and virtuosity. Tableaux of extraordinary fluidity, sparing and mysterious, 6 and 9 provoke an aesthetic and metaphysical shock. The young Chinese choreographer Tao Ye caused a sensation with this series where minimalist purity and rigour create a dream of eternity.
The titles refer to the number of dancers in each piece, and 6 and 9 are characterized by the undulating movement of the dancers performing in a space suffused with shadow and light. For 6, they create in perfect unison a meditative ritual, celebrating an obscure harmony in a state of hypnotic trance. With 9, the theme is individuals under tension, a plurality of bodies waltzing the chaos between harmony and discord. Tao Ye directs his dancers brilliantly, creating a magnetic, almost sacred presence. 6 and 9 fascinate and bewitch.
Produced by TAO Dance Theater
Choreographed by Tao Ye
Performed by Xue Mao (6 & 9) + Jinying Yu (6 & 9) + Li Huang (6 & 9) + Da Ming (6 & 9) + Jing Hu (6 & 9) + Yulin Yan (6 & 9) + Yunhui Jiang (9) + Qiaoqiao Zhang (9) + Huanshuo Guo (9)
Music Xiao He
Lighting Design Ellen Ruge (6) + Tao Ye (9) + Ma Yue (9)
Costume Design Tao Ye (6 & 9) + Li Min (6) + Duan Ni (9)
Lighting Operator Ma Yue (6)
Rehearsal Director Duan Ni (6)
Company Manager Wang Hao
Director of International Projects Jun Jun
Commissioned by NorrlandsOperan
With the support of Umeå 2014 European Cultural Capital + Swedish Arts Council (Stockholm) + Swedish Arts Grants Committee (Stockholm) + Region Vasterbotten (Umeå) + China Literature and Art Foundation (Beijing)
Co-produced and co-commissioned by Asia TOPA —Arts Centre Melbourne + Sadler’s Wells (London) + Théâtre de la Ville (Paris) + Théâtre Paris-Villette + Shanghai International Dance Center Theater + National Taichung Theater (Taiwan)
Presented in association with Place des Arts
6 premiered at NorrlandsOperan, 2014 European Cultural Capital, Umeå, on February 1, 2014
9 premiered at National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing, on November 3, 2017
Tao Ye (Beijing)
TAO Dance Theater
A rising star in Chinese contemporary dance, Tao Ye (born in 1985) is the artistic director of the TAO Dance Theater, established in 2008.
After graduating from the Chongqing Dance School in China, he successively joined the Shanghai Army Song & Dance Ensemble, the Jin Xing Dance Theater and the Beijing Modern Dance Company. From 2011 to 2013, he was one of the “New Wave Associates” at Sadler’s Wells. The Beijing News awarded him the 2013 Innovator Award for Dance. In Montreal in 2012, he presented 2 and Weight x 3 to sold-out houses at the Cinquième Salle in Place des Arts, as part of the Danse Danse series.
His company TAO Dance Theater has collaborated with several young Chinese artists as well as leading players in the fashion industry, such as the magazine VOGUE China. He has also established an international reputation, presenting greatly acclaimed shows in some forty countries on five continents. The recipient of prestigious awards and distinctions in China, the company also has a teaching program and works with major schools and universities.
A leading proponent of minimalist choreography, Tao Ye redirects the spectator’s attention to the essence of sensation and perception, presenting dance with pure lines in works named for the number of dancers performing in each piece. He is renowned for a bare bones, rigorous and formalist style that stands out sharply from the canons of current dance practice.