Legendary tap dancing marvel Savion Glover brings critically acclaimed SoLe Sanctuary to the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall for a single performance on Sunday, April 1 at 3 p.m. Tony Award-winning Savion Glover has long been recognized for his unique abilities as a dancer, choreographer and producer. His credits include Broadway shows The Tap Dance Kid, Black and Blue, Jelly’s Last Jam and Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk, and the films Bamboozled by Spike Lee and Happy Feet, which he choreographed. SoLe Sanctuary is a testimony to Glover’s reverence for the art of tap—his performance is a dancing meditation and the stage is a living altar where he pays his respects to the craft that he has perfected.
SoLe Sanctuary is described by the New York Times as “…barebones and pure, full of the kind of rhythmic innovation that trips down one path, splinters off in different directions and then sweeps back home.” A deeply personal show for Glover, SoLe Sanctuary was created with the utmost regard for authenticity and purity. Dressed in all white, Glover will be joined on stage by only two other people: one will dance alongside Mr. Glover and the other will silently meditate for the duration of the performance. Out of this unadulterated setting, his expertise is truly evidenced, as noted by The Star-Ledger, “Glover’s timing and his clarity are impeccable, with a sound so deep it suggests rolling thunder… he offers the pleasures of dynamic range, from the gentle patter of the first raindrops to the Flood, and wraps us in a succession of mystical atmospheres.”
Famous tap dancer, choreographer, and actor Savion Glover is the epitome of a living legend. Born in 1973, the tapping marvel has graced the stage since childhood. He set a record as the youngest person ever to receive a scholarship in the Newark Community School of the Arts. Before he was a teenager, Glover made his mark starring in the leading role in the Broadway musical The Tap Dance Kid.
Savion Glover developed his own dancing style he dubbed “free style hard core.” The Tony Award winning dancer eventually worked with dancing greats Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis, Jr. Among his credits are starring roles in major motion pictures like “Jelly’s Last Jam”, a role for which he made history as the youngest ever recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant.
As a choreographer, Glover’s work has helped maintain tap dancing as an art form in the modern dance world. His starring role in the musical Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk, which he also choreographed, debuted on Broadway in 1996. The musical chronicles events in African-American history and brought Glover a Tony for best choreographer.
Savion Glover was made known to the younger generation with recurring appearances on Sesame Street. He also holds the credit as the live captured dancing motion behind Mumble the penguin in the Disney film Happy Feet. Glover also served as co-choreographer for the film.
Glover’s quick steps and amazing rhythms continue to influence the lives of young people. His production company tours schools across the country, spreading enthusiasm for tap dancing and cementing his place in history.
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BSO Special Event: Savion Glover’s “SoLe Sanctuary”
Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 3 p.m.—Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
Tickets range from $ 17 to $ 66 and are available through the BSO Ticket Office or BSOmusic.org. Kids 12 and under are half-price in non-premium seating areas.
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