The 10th Hong Kong Tap Festival Gala
We proudly present an exciting line-up for the 10th Hong Kong Tap Festival! It has been 4 years already since we have overseas tappers on our festival stage. Apart from inviting guest dancers from Japan, Korea and Taiwan to perform with us, it is our honour to have the respectful Japanese tap master - Yukiko "Smilie" Misumi who dedicated herself into inheriting the precious Master Steps, to choreograph for Hong Kong dancers. Mandy Petty (aka Mother of Tap in HK) will also choreograph a new piece for the guest dancers and local dancers. It is definitely going to be a long-awaited tap dancing celebration night!
Presented by R&T ( Rhythm & Tempo )
Guest Choreographers Mandy Petty、Yukiko ""Smilie"" Misumi (Japan)
Performer Ken Kwok, Eve Leung, Tan-ki Wong,
PORI (Japan), Ikki Yonezawa (Japan), Yosuke Morita (Japan), Oh Hwan Kwon (Korea), Soon Young Kim (Korea)
Ji Hye Park (Korea), Dance Works (Taiwan)
Other Local Dancers Belle Chan, Karen Chan, Shan Chan, Elfin Cheung, Heidi Fung, Marix Ho, Eric Huynh, Jasper Lai, Luther Lai, Jamie Lam, Rex Lau,
Isaac Li, Marc Ngan, Summer Sze, Ani Wan, Annie Wong,
Showtime 9-10 September 2023 8pm
10 September 2023 3pm
Venue Hong Kong Cultural Centre Studio Theatre
R&T (Rhythm & Tempo) is...
an active professional tap dance company based in Hong Kong. In April 2014, the company is officially registered as a non-profit-making limited company. R & T became the recipient of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council?s 1-Year grant in the same year. Since its establishment, Ken Kwok, Eve Leung, and Wing Wong has been organizing and producing activities of different natures in order to promote and develop the art of tap dance locally. Through its professional productions, school tours, community promotions, workshops, etc., R & T aims at increasing the exposure of tap dance to local audiences so as to deepen their knowledge of this particular dance form. The dance company is committed to developing tap dance as one of the local mainstream dance forms and creating different styles of tap dance productions, so as to enrich and diversify the artistic lives of local audiences and to spread the fun of dancing. Putting the concept of popularizing the arts into practice, R & T intends to explore all capabilities of the art of dancing and to response to the society.
R & T (Rhythm & Tempo) is the organizer of the annual Hong Kong Tap Festival (HKTF). Through inviting renowned foreign dancers to Hong Kong, the company intends to enhance the artistic level of the field. It is believed that bringing talented people together can help broaden the horizons of local audiences as well as artists and producers, making the local art productions comparable to the international standards that local productions and artists are not limited to the stages in Hong Kong and enter the stages around the globe. HKTF is an annual feast in the field of dancing and it is the 6th HKTF so far. It presents various activities including workshops, sharing, improvisational tap dance performances, and Beat Me Tap, a gala performance as the festival highlight. The gala performance of each year has involved 90% of the local tap dancers who joined the festival with their students and tap dance lovers.
There appeared a performance in which amounting to 50 performers were on the stage and showed off their dancing skills. Every year, HKTF invites famous foreign artists to participate in performances or workshops to showcase or teach tap dancing skills. Artists who were previously involved include Yuta Hori (Japan), Suzuki Sadahiro (Japan)¡BDance Works (Taiwan), Uragami(Japan), Sakuma Kuriko (Japan), Hida Yoshiko (Japan), Kaohsiung City Tap Dance Company (Taiwan), Kazunori Kumagai (Japan), Shoko Taniguchi (Japan), Murata Masaki (Japan), Reich Sarah Adrianna (USA)¡BRubio Nico Salvador (USA), and Howard Lee (USA).