Monday, 11 February 2013

Dein Perry to visit SA!

Dein Perry, the creator and choreographer of the worldwide dance sensation, TAP DOGS will accompany the show when it returns to South Africa next month opening at the Teatro at Montecasino on Tuesday, 12 February 2013 for 4 weeks, ending on 10 March 2013. Thereafter the show moves to Artscape, Cape Town for 16 shows only from 13 to 24 March 2013 ...

“We are so thrilled to be returning to South Africa. TAP DOGS resonates strongly with audiences here — they love the rhythmic tone of the work and I think appreciate that unique Australian spirit that comes through” says Dein Perry. In TAP DOGS he created a show business phenomenon built around the themes of his industrial experience while growing up in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. 

Dein Perry (centre)
In the early 90's Dein Perry worked as an apprentice fitter and turner by day and continued to dance with his mates in the evenings. He then worked in musical theatre for 10 years, beginning his career with a stint in the Australian production of 42nd Street. 

An offer from the Sydney Theatre Company led to the collaboration of Dein Perry with designer and director Nigel Triffitt and composer Andrew Wilkie — the result was the creation of TAP DOGS which premiered to critical acclaim at the Sydney Theatre Festival in January 1995. TAP DOGS was catapulted to international acclaim at the 1995 Edinburgh Festival and a subsequent sell out season at London’s Sadler’s Wells. Back Row Productions saw the potential of the show and began what would become one of the most successful producing partnerships in Australian musical theatre history which led TAP DOGS to becoming a global phenomenon with critical and commercial success from Australia to America, Asia, Europe and Africa.

Perry won his first Olivier Award in 1995 for Best Choreographer for West End Musical Hot Shoe Shuffle (he also starred in this production) and his second Olivier Award in 1996 for Best Choreography for TAP DOGS, something he would replicate a year later when the show moved to New York for an off-Broadway season, earning him the prestigious Obie Award. He is the youngest person ever to receive a second Olivier Award back-to-back. Dein produced, directed and choreographed the 2000 feature film, Bootmen based on the early creation of TAP DOGS. The movie received 5 AFI Awards. Dein also worked as Choreographer on the Warner Bros animated motion picture, HAPPY FEET 2, directed by George Miller. 

Presented by Showtime Management in association with DSTV and JacarandaFMTAP DOGS is the same highly acclaimed 80-minutes of non-stop dance combined with elements of a theatrical rock concert, uniquely set within a construction site but the tempo is faster, the effects are stronger, the sound is louder and the dance moves more outrageous than ever before, bursting with the sexy, rough and ready appeal exclusive to the hottest male tap dancers found South of the equator and there's the added appeal of a few stunning female forms alongside the energetic male tappers … !!! 

Dein Perry
TAP DOGS remains one of the most successful Australian productions of all time, and has been universally acclaimed for taking dance in an entirely new direction. TAP DOGS has performed in 330 cities, 37 countries and dazzled audiences in excess of 12 million. 

Book now at Computicket service centers, visit or call 0861 813 9000. Ticket prices range from R 100 to R300. 

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