Thomas Marek is a wolf of a dancer. Tall, rangy, feet apart, he gives the floor a resonant thrashing. Don’t think just complex shuffles and brushes; think kicking a stone down the block.
The Village Voice, New York 2005
Aus Leidenschaft, Thomas Marek and Trio with Patrick Bebelaar, Bernd Settelmeyer and Kurt Holzkämper
New Thing, Thomas Marek & Octet
Tap & Bass, Duo with bass player Kurt Holzkämper
Funked Up, Tap Dance Company, Hamburg
Bebelaar & Marek, Duo with pianist Patrick Bebelaar.
about_tap vol. no.1, Tanzhaus NRW, Düsseldorf
about_tap vol. no. 2, Kampnagel Hamburg. Funded by Hamburger Kulturbehörde and Fonds Darstellende Künste
ORCHESTRA – expansions & dimensions, Kampnagel Hamburg; funded by Hamburger Kulturbehörde and Fonds Darstellende Künste
Thomas Marek & Band, Überjazz Festival, Hamburg with Lorenz Boesche, Markus Voigt, Oliver Karstens, Stefan Dahm
DRAMA – love songs & other jazz, Kampnagel Hamburg; funded by Hamburger Kulturbehörde and Fonds Darstellende Künste
NOLA, Kampnagel Hamburg; funded by Hamburger Kulturbehörde
Tap & Bass BEATS, Internationale Jazz Tage Stuttgart
Thomas Marek Quartet, Hamburg, mit Matthäus Winnitzki (piano), Tilman Oberbeck (bass), Stefan Dahm (drums)
Awards & Scholarships
1997: Scholarship by Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg: Department of Dance
1999: Kleinkunstpreis des Comedy Festivals Moers
2007: Canon Professional Photo Award (2. Place Fashion Photography “Fashion Victims”)
2007: Canon Professional Photo Award (2. Place Fashion Photography “Fashion Victims”
2012: Guest Teacher at the University of Washington, Seattle. Photography & Art Departement
since 2007: Freelance photographer
Working with Thomas Marek was a welcome challenge. He stretched me as an artist and sent me on a journey that continues to this day, to reach deeper. I’m grateful for being included in the inspiring creation process.
Dancer with the American Tap Dance Orchestra, directed by Brenda Bufalino, NYC
Performance with the American Tap Dance Orchestra & Gregory Hines in Gainesville, Florida
US-Tour with the American Tap Dance Orchestra
Choreography and artistic direction of the tap dance performance ARD Sportler des Jahres 1996
Engagement as Al Lewis in Neil Simons play Sonny Boys, Scala Theater Ludwigsburg
Funk Attitude (Artistic direction: Leela Petronio), Paris
Engagement as Jack Romanon the theatrical adaptation of Jim Jarmuschs Down By Law, Scala Theater Ludwigsburg
Teaching & Festivals
New York City Tap Festival, NYC, USA
Steps On Broadway, New York City, USA
Broadway Dance Center, New York City, USA
Woodpeckers, New York City, USA
Tel Aviv Tap Festival
Internationale Tanztage Wien
University Of Washington, Seattle, USA
Professional Tap Training Program, Luthier, Spanien
Tap Ahead Festivals, Düsseldorf, Deutschland
Deer Valley International Music Festival, Taiwan
Certainly not a mere and pale copy of Fred Astaire: the Ludwigsburg native develops this American dance form further. Loose, light and witty, musical through and through – this is how Thomas Marek presents himself.
Hans Kumpf, Jazzpodium
Tap dance without elitist clichés, a new generation of this art form finds with Marek one of its most sophisticated representatives.
Martin Wein, Wilhelmshavener Zeitung
… celebrated with breathtaking precision … Everything that has ever been jazz or is today sparkles.
Frankfurter Neue Presse
Thomas Marek reveals a new dimension of tap dancing.
Thomas Marek is not only a fantastically precise technician, but also an expressive dancer who “tells stories” with his body.
Allgemeine Zeitung, Mainz
Anyone who used to think that world-class tap dancers only came from the USA was completely mistaken during the program in Stuttgart’s Liederhalle. He surpassed everything you have ever seen from tap dancers.