TAO Dance Theatre - Edinburgh International Festival 2015

Edinburgh International Festival 2015 at The Lyceum

Weight x 3/ 5
Presented by TAO Dance Theatre

TAO Dance Theatre has taken the dance world by storm. Choreographer and founder Tao Ye’s ritualistic aesthetic combines with the rigour and exploration of contemporary expression to create hypnotic and mesmerising works that represent the cutting edge of creativity.

Weight x 3 is a triptych set to the unmistakable pulsating rhythms of minimalist composer Steve Reich, in which both the music and the dancers seem caught in never-ending loops and repetitions. It features two duets – the dancers moving in near perfect unison, reflecting the music’s shifting patterns – and a skilful solo in which a female dancer twirls and manipulates a long staff with amazing speed and dexterity.

5 is part of Tao Ye’s numbered series of minimalist experiments that explore the potential of the human body as a purely visual form, freed from the constraints of representation or narrative. Accompanied by the music of Chinese Indie-folk-rock composer Xiao He, five dancers touch each other; never separating, moving in an indistinguishable mass.

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Supported by
The Ministry of Culture, People's Republic of China
Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the United Kingdom
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Cast and Credits


  • Tao Ye, Choreographer
  • Steve Reich, Music
  • Xiao He, Music

Dates, Times & Prices


  • Monday 17 August, 8pm
  • Tuesday 18 August, 8pm

Approximately 1hr 30mins

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  • £10, £17, £22, £25, £32

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