TAO Dance Theatre are from Beijing. They’re one of the independent companies that exists in China now. Tao Ye who’s the choreographer, a very rigorous choreographer very singular in his style, has made eight works so far that have all been shown at Sadler’s Wells. Each piece has a number and it corresponds to the number of dancers in it. We’re up to 8, 8 will be a world premiere here and we’re bringing back 6 which has six dancers. The work is very rigorous, minimal but very beautiful, beautiful aesthetic. He sticks to one idea and sees it through to the end. I find it very satisfying and it’s wonderful to see this exceptional work which is coming from Beijing which shows that there’s a whole new wave of artists who are really doing cutting-edge work and so very, very happy to bring a premiere of a new work from Tao Ye as part of this season.