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Jan. 6, 2004

Tamango's Urban Tap Goes 'Full Cycle' In Hancher

The spring semester at the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium will open with the multimedia spectacle of "Full Cycle" by Tamango's Urban Tap at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24.

Tamango's visit to the UI will begin with a free Welcome Party/Jam at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, in Old Brick.

A Los Angeles Times review suggested that Tamango's "Full Cycle" is what you might get "if Cirque du Soleil, voodoo rituals and a refined hip-hop sensibility merged."

Herbin "Tamango" Van Cayseele is a tap-dancing prodigy who came to New York from French Guiana via Paris. A New York Times review of the sold-out "Full Cycle" premiere observed, "Like all great dancers, Tamango has a signature style but never ceases to surprise. . . The spirit that inhabits his dancing changes a real body into unimagined and elegant shapes. Tamango is an astonishingly fluid performer, always loose with swiveling hips, rubbery legs and a mobile torso but still brilliantly sharp in the crystal clear virtuosity of his complex tapping."

He has gathered an international ensemble of dancers and musicians whose performances combine tap traditions from around the globe, propelled by red-hot rhythmic riffs, with poetry and massive multi-layered video projections, both live and pre-recorded.

Tamango's tap dancing is the heart of Urban Tap, but "Full Cycle" also features Brazilian martial art, an Italian trumpeter, an American break-dancer, a Haitian percussionist and other musicians from India, Peru and Canada.

Dance Insider called the result "a whirlwind of percussionist performers brought together and led by the young gifted visionary Tamango. Urban Tap is original and uncategorizable. . . it is a moment to be indelibly remembered."

Learn more at the Tamango's website:

Support for Tamango's Urban Tap comes from Iowa State Bank & Trust Company, through the University of Iowa Foundation, and from the Iowa Arts Council.

Remaining tickets for "Full Cycle" are $30/27; UI student $12; senior citizen $24/21.60; youth $15/13.50. (Zone 1 is sold out.)

Hancher Auditorium box office business hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. From the local calling area, dial 319-335-1160. Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. Fax to 319-353-2284. People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial 319-335-1158, which is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

Tickets may be ordered on-line 24 hours a day, seven days a week through Hancher's website: .

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