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

Own Productions

1994
Aus Leidenschaft, Thomas Marek and Trio with Patrick Bebelaar, Bernd Settelmeyer and Kurt Holzkämper

1996
New Thing, Thomas Marek & Octet

1997
Tap & Bass, Duo with bass player Kurt Holzkämper

1999
Funked Up, Tap Dance Company, Hamburg

2003
Bebelaar & Marek, Duo with pianist Patrick Bebelaar.

2005
about_tap vol. no.1, Tanzhaus NRW, Düsseldorf

2006
about_tap vol. no. 2, Kampnagel Hamburg. Funded by 
Hamburger Kulturbehörde and Fonds Darstellende Künste

2009
ORCHESTRA – expansions & dimensions, Kampnagel Hamburg; 
funded by  Hamburger Kulturbehörde and Fonds Darstellende Künste

2011
Thomas Marek & Band, Überjazz Festival, Hamburg with Lorenz Boesche, Markus Voigt, Oliver Karstens, Stefan Dahm

2012
DRAMA – love songs & other jazz, Kampnagel Hamburg; funded by 
Hamburger Kulturbehörde and Fonds Darstellende Künste

2015
NOLA, Kampnagel Hamburg; funded by Hamburger Kulturbehörde

2017
Tap & Bass BEATS, Internationale Jazz Tage Stuttgart

2019
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”)

 

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.

Travis Knights

Tap Dancer

Engagements

1994
Dancer with the American Tap Dance Orchestra, directed by Brenda Bufalino, NYC

Performance with the American Tap Dance Orchestra & Gregory Hines in Gainesville, Florida  

1995
US-Tour with the American Tap Dance Orchestra

1996
Choreography and artistic direction of the tap dance performance ARD Sportler des Jahres 1996 

1997
Engagement as Al Lewis in Neil Simons play Sonny Boys, Scala Theater Ludwigsburg 

1998
Funk Attitude (Artistic direction: Leela Petronio), Paris 

2002
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

Press Reviews

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.
Ludwigsburger Zeitung

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.
Stuttgarter Wochenblatt