Fri, Nov 30, 2007 - Page 14 News List

Trip the light fantastic

By Noah Buchan

Dance Works hit the stage this evening with their unique interpretation of tap dance and the musical styles that influence it.


After the huge success of their summer workshops and performances, Dance Works (舞工廠舞團) return to the stage this weekend with their Fred Astaire-inspired modern tap performance 160x24h Tapcode (踢踏密碼).

Taiwan's preeminent tap group, led by principal dancer and choreographer Rex Peng (彭承佑), will perform a variety of dance numbers reflecting the movement and sounds taken from the average day of a person. The performance begins tonight at the Taipei Family Theater (台北市親子劇場).

Peng created 160x24h Tapcode as a means of exploring the rhythmic connection between various musical styles and tap dance moves, saying in a recent interview that tap dance is similar to freestyle jazz.

The live band, however, featuring sax, piano, trumpet and guitar isn't limited to jazz standards. The spontaneous tap moves from the dancers will be matched by a lineup of tunes ranging from funk, blues, hip-hop and classical genres - music that has influenced tap dance since its inception in the US in the late 19th century and influences Peng's choreography.

Performance Notes

What: 160x24h Tapcode (踢踏密碼)

When: Today and tomorrow at 7:30pm; tomorrow and Sunday at 2:30pm

Where: Taipei Family Theater (台北市親子劇場), 2F, 1 Shifu Rd, Taipei City (台北市市府路1號2樓)

Tickets: NT$400 to NT$1,800, available through NTCH ticketing or online at

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