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TAP DOGS (article first published : 2002-07-15)

Stand by, Durban - Big Concerts and e-TV proudly present the winner of 11 International Awards and howling success worldwide with Tap Dogs.

The production is described as “an exuberant experience combining elements of theatre and dance with the energy of a rock concert and the physicality of a construction site, a reinvention of tap for the new millennium!”

Distinguished two-time Olivier Award-winning choreographer Dein Perry, brings his high-energy, rough and tumble troop of six young dancers performing tap as never believed possible. Clad in workers overalls, faded jeans, flannel shirts and boots, the “dogs” perform their high-speed industrial tap on a broken slanted stage comprising of scaffolding, ladders and ropes designed uniquely by director Nigel Triffitt.

The sound, mostly driven by the diverse rhythms of sharp crisp tapping, features an eclectic range of music including hip-hop, funk, techno and even heavy metal audio accompany. The original score, composed by Andrew Wilkie, is a percussion-based program rich in industrial imagery.

To call it just tap overlooks the iron discipline and awesome skills of this testosterone troupe. They dance, on water in rubber boots, and saddle-strapped upside down, also moving vertically and horizontally (across the stage and up and down the scaffolding). The stage becomes a welding shop as showers of sparks fly from the use of power tools and angle grinders. Turning the show into a virtual energy force of hardcore footwork and pure dance showmanship.

Since its debut in Sydney, Australia, Tap Dogs has played sold out engagements in over 150 cities around the world to audiences of over 2 million people.

Tap Dogs runs in association with East Coast Radio in the Playhouse Opera from July 15 to 20. Ticket prices R105 to R180. Book at Computicket or www.computicket.co.za




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