“You know as well as I do what art is: It’s nothing but rhythm.”
As a performer, choreographer and teacher, Thomas Marek has been combining traditional and modern forms of tap dance with contemporary musical and theatrical elements in his work for over 25 years. The masters he learned from and who have inspired him were and are the innovators of their art: Charles Honi Coles, Cholly Atkins, Chuck Green, Buster Brown, Jimmy Slyde and above all Brenda with whose American Tap Dance Orchestra he toured in Florida in the mid-nineties.
Deeply rooted in jazz, Marek experiments with the possibilities of sound design, phrasing, touch and tone. He explores the space in which tap dancing moves, he shifts boundaries and discovers new forms of expression that tie in with the origins of tap and draw on its cultural context – revealing new stories.
Solo, as a duo with bass or piano or as a jazz quartet: The narrative in the abstract dance and musical form of tap is the driving force behind Marek’s art, especially in his large dance productions. Sold out theaters testify to Marek’s success in making the art of tap dance accessible to a wider audience with these productions, as well as musical reflections on cultural tradition and individual expression combining jazz, choreography and improvisation.
Thomas Marek’s goal as a teacher is to nurture musicality , as well as a strong technical foundation, in order to encourage his student’s personal expression and awaken their sense of creative development.
He is a regular guest as a workshop leader and a featured soloist at festivals and stages in Germany, Europe and the USA. Thomas has worked, danced and shared the stage with tap dance greats such as Brenda Bufalino, Barbara Duffy, Sarah Petronio, Jimmy Slyde and Gregory Hines.
Dance Production NOLA Kampnagel Hamburg 2015
“To work with Thomas was one of the most fun and challenging experiences of my dance career.
It was a secure environment and he built up trust to collaborate and search for expressions through the dance. This process was really challenging for me. I had to work hard to overcome my fears, but in the end it was very rewarding and I felt I took a big step as an artist.”
Videos of various dance and stage performances
NOLA WHO DAT
“about_tap vol no 1”
Thomas Marek & Band
“It is always my greatest pleasure to work with Thomas Marek.
He is an authentic artist with a clear vision of his own and admirable power in the realization. He is with one leg deeply rooted in tradition, with a second in search of innovation, contemporary, fresh impulses.
On stage, I am sure, Thomas Marek has one or the other leg more at his disposal, otherwise it could not be explained:
Unrestrained, raw energy, tasteful and intensive virtuosity, profound swing, uncompromising will to improvise and communicate, and at the same time a joy of playing and a heart that is second to none. Anyway, mine doesn’t want to miss it anymore. Thank you, Thomas!