Formed in 2008 by Beijing-based choreographer Tao Ye, TAO Dance Theater is known for its mixture of art forms, including film and visual art, creating work that has a mesmeric, trance-like quality.
In the "high concept and thrillingly simple" (Evening Standard) 6, six dancers move in dynamic and hypnotising unison, in a shifting landscape of light.
Tao's newest piece and the final section of the Straight Line Trilogy, 8, sees the eight dancers lie instead of standing, restricting their bodies to the floor and limiting their movements to the range of their spines.
"Mr. Tao has an ability to draw you inside his austere, meditative world; if you go willingly, you realise that the body is a sacred place"
New York Times