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Posted on April 26, 2011


Following two sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, award-winning Catalan company Tap Olé (pictured) make their London debut at the West End’s Peacock Theatre with their latest production, Tapeando, on May 3. 

Featuring four tap dancers and four musicians, Tapeando is a virtuoso mix of tap, Spanish guitar and percussion that explores the choreographic possibilities of fusing tap dance with a variety of Latin, flamenco, jazz and Mediterranean rhythms.

Tapeando premiered in Barcelona before touring internationally in 2010.Tap Olé has also performed in New York, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, Croatia, Italy, Panama as well as the International Feet Beat Tap Festival in Helsinki in 2006. 

Tap Olé first performed at the Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s program RITMO, at the Vittum Theatre on May 16, 2003 to excellent reviews. Since then, the company has won the Audience Award at the International Valladolid Festival in Spain (2004) and in 2010 the company’s choreographer and dancer Guillem Alonso was given the Dansacat award in recognition of his contribution to the dance world. 

Tap Olé’s show is the first of Sadler’s Wells’ Catalan Dance Trilogy, a series of works across three stages focused on multi-award winning Catalan dance this season. The season also features the fantastical family-friendly Nats Nus Dansa (June 4, Lilian Baylis Studio) and the dynamic surrealism of Sol Picó Dance Company (June 23–24, Sadler’s Wells). 

Tapeando will run at the West End’s Peacock Theatre from May 3–7.
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Nicola Rayner was editor of Dance Today from 2010 to 2015. She has written for a number of publications including The Guardian, The Independent and Time Out Buenos Aires, where she cut her teeth as a dance journalist working on the tango section. Today she continues to dance everything from ballroom to breakdance, with varying degrees of success. Her debut novel, The Girl Before You, was published last year in paperback, ebook and audiobook.

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