Innovative, the Urban Tap Company’s creations draw on diverse cultures and artistic forms: ancestral traditions and new technologies, animism and urban cultures, jazz music and captivating rhythms, tap and hip hop dances, multimedia scenography, veejaying… The result is life-giving and humane performances that reach a wide audience, far beyond distinctions of age and cultural affiliation.
«Imagine the fusion of Cirque du Soleil, voodoo rituals and hip-hop sensibilities, and discover the magic of the New York company Urban Tap» (Los Angeles Times)
Urban Tap was born in the New York underground scene of the 90s in a weekly jam session around tap dancer Tamangoh, artists from very diverse backgrounds and cultures sharing the same passion for improvisation and the universal language of rhythm. Urban Tap, after a long career in underground clubs in New York, was invited in 1999 to create the show Caravane at the Théâtre de la Kitchen. At the crossroads of happening, dance, concert and video performance, Caravan conquers the public and critics (“One of the Ten Best Shows of the Year” according to the New York Times) and propels the Company to the forefront in the United States.
“This fusion of dance, music, psychedelic video projections and poetry is one of the most amazing theatrical events to have ever performed here.” (The Boston Phoenix)
The company has since performed on many international stages, including: New Victory Theatre on Broadway, Joyce Theatre in New York, Montreal Jazz Festival, Monaco Dance Forum, Steps Festival in Switzerland, Holland Dance Festival, the Altstadtherbst Kulturfestival in Düsseldorf, the Athens Dance Festival, the Altre Danze Festival in Venice, the Earth Celebration Festival on Sado Island in Japan, the Summerstage Festival in Central Park in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington, the Wexner Center in Colombus, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and in France, at Jazz in Marciac, at the Jazz Festival in Vienna, at the Vaison Danses Festival, at the Auditorium in Lyon, at the Volcan National Stage of Le Havre, at the Agora d’Evry, at the Douai Racecourse and at the Carré des Jalles in Saint-Médard-en-Jalles.
“With a philosophy of dance free from the constraints of studios and salons, Urban Tap has its roots in a universal and urban culture… when the evening ends with the sound of cymbals, it feels like you’ve dreamed of a multicultural paradise” (San Francisco Chronicle)
With the shows Kadansé (2003), Bay Mo Dilo (2007) Narcisse & Co (2009) and Marassa (2011), the Urban Tap Company undertakes a work of multimedia writing and staging. This evolution towards more fixed forms marks a new stage in the company’s journey. The improvised happening that was the “trademark” of Urban Tap until then nevertheless continues to be presented to this day with, among others, shows like New-York Revue created in 2010. The show Congé Square began in 2017 and the show 3 Rivières was created in 2018.