Tap Factory smash preconceptions of modern tap dance

Tap Factory smash preconceptions of modern tap dance

credit: Philippe Fretault

The boys are back in town bringing trashcan percussion, high-octane dance and comedy

Tap dance has come a long way since the days of Fred and Ginger. Back in the 1990s, Aussie troupe Tap Dogs ripped up the rulebook on elegance and injected tap with a distinctly macho flavour. Now you're as likely to see the dance performed by men in boiler suits as tuxedos – which is exactly the case with Tap Factory.

The eight-strong crew, from around the world, are returning to Scotland with a show that uses brooms and bins, and puts the drumming into oil drums. But it's not all about men making noise. 'My first inspiration is Charlie Chaplin,' says director Vincent Pausanias. 'What could be a better place than a factory to mix together all these different artistic disciplines; music, tap dance, hip hop, circus, acrobatics and comedy?'

The show follows a factory worker on his first day, meeting the foreman, the sweeper, the mechanics, giving the troupe the chance to flit between skills. 'What is great is the contrast between scenes – to go from the strong energy of the urban percussions to the poetry and softness of an African flute, or to jump from a fast and strong tap routine to an amazing aerial acrobatic performance.'

Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Sun 24 Sep; Theatre Royal, Glasgow, Mon 25 Sep.

Tap Factory

This lively, percussive show mixes tap dance, hip hop, comedy and acrobatics, accompanied by a live band.

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