May 10, 2005 |
On this night, the face of bebop wasn't Dizzy Gillespie's puffed-up cheeks or Charlie Parker's elongated jaw. It was Savion Glover's size-12 1/2 feet. With sweat popping off his forehead and the top of his pink shirt drenched to orange, Glover personified jazz in all its frenetic glory Wednesday at Baltimore's Hippodrome Performing Arts Center, his legs driving the rhythm in a way that would make Max Roach proud. If audience reaction is any indication, Improvography II will continue the job that Glover's Tony-winning Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk started in 1996 - squashing the notion that tap dancers are passe shuffle-steppers.
April 30, 2000 |
Ask Savion Glover the purpose of his new show, Savion Glover in Foot Notes: The Concert, and in his self-deprecating, hip manner he replies, "It's just basically about hangin' out. "I grew up with these cats - [Jimmy] Slyde and [Buster] Brown," adds the 26-year-old Glover, who has been a recognized dancing phenomenon since he was 10. "We were always on tour or something like that, and it's been a long time since we hung out. " On the bill with Glover in Foot Notes, which runs Tuesday through next Sunday at the Merriam Theater, are the septuagenarian Slyde, the octogenarian Brown, veteran dancer Dianne Walker, and 10-year-old Cartier A. Williams.
May 12, 2005 |
Savion Glover doesn't so much take the stage as reign over it. His control is impeccable, his invention boundless, his attack the last word. No wonder the audience at Improvography II leapt to its feet for a standing ovation opening night Tuesday at the Merriam Theater. Joined by his jazz band The Otherz and in the second half by three fellow tappers, Glover danced his way through musical selections in many moods, leaving no doubt that tap is a form for our times. Improvography II celebrates the back-and-forth play of dancer and musician, opening with Andy McCloud on thrumming bass spotlit in a club-dark space.
December 23, 1997 |
Brandon Hammond has a lot in common with his character on "The Gregory Hines Show. " Like Matty Stevenson, the son on Hines' new CBS series, "I'm going through puberty, girls are really appealing, there's school and peer pressure. It's pretty easy to tell what he's feeling," Hammond said. "The Gregory Hines Show," which airs at 9 p.m. Friday on Channel 3, revolves around a widower (Hines) and his son (Hammond). Together they're entering the world of dating. For Hammond, 13, "Gregory Hines" is the latest in a streak of high-profile roles.
February 9, 1989 |
It's got to be heady stuff for a 15-year-old tapdancer and all-around rough-and-ready adolescent to be referred to in the national press as "the one who's going to take tap into the '90s and the 2000s. " It isn't that Savion Glover, the Newark, N.J., teen-ager currently featured in the Broadway revue "Black and Blue" and the film "Tap" (co-starring Sammy Davis Jr. and Gregory Hines and opening here tomorrow), is unaware of all the fuss. He just plain doesn't have the time to worry about it. Glover attends public school full time, a regimen that requires him to rise early five days a week, take a taxi to New York and catch a train to the East Harlem High School of the Performing Arts.
November 17, 2005 |
At first it seems an unusual program for a tap dancer: Vivaldi, Mozart, Dvorak, Bach. But in his latest show, Classical Savion - at the Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall on Tuesday night - Savion Glover is not just a dancer. He is also a musician, a conductor, a storyteller. Performing classical and jazz music with a nine-piece string chamber-ensemble and four members of a jazz band called The Otherz, Glover makes his instrument of choice tap shoes. He walks onstage for the first piece, Vivaldi's familiar Four Seasons, and immediately begins to interact with the musicians more than the audience.
April 3, 2013 |
Tap dance is an intimate art form, creating rhythms that surround the performer and keep the audience following the feet and body in motion. The world premiere of virtuosic tapper Savion Glover's Dance Space at the Academy of Music Saturday night gave us tap-generated percussion for about 45 minutes and visible dance for only about 15 minutes more. But by then an awful lot of audience members had fled, never having gotten to see Glover's feet. The piece, commissioned for the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, opened in shadowy darkness, with fiber-optic stars on the backdrop and on a front scrim that cut the stage in half horizontally.
November 11, 2002 |
Year after year, Danny Glover's name would come up for consideration for the Marian Anderson Award. And year after year, Jonathan Demme, the chairman of the selection panel, would keep his mouth shut. Not only did Demme feel a conflict of interest because he and Glover were close friends - Demme directed the actor in the 1998 film Beloved - but also because he simply thought Glover was too young. The same thing happened this year. "I thought, 'He's still too young,' " Demme said.
February 2, 2001 |
BOJANGLES, 8 p.m. Sunday, Showtime. When you set out to make a movie about the life of famed tap dancer Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, as Showtime did, you're faced with two seemingly insurmountable casting problems. There's finding someone talented enough to play Robinson - and finding a very young actress talented enough to play his most famous cinematic co-star, Shirley Temple. The way "Bojangles," which premieres at 8 Sunday night, deals with these problems is to solve the first head on, casting Gregory Hines, the best possible choice for the lead - and largely avoiding the second.
January 24, 2013 |
Tapper and choreographer Savion Glover will perform as part of the opening weekend of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, organizers said Wednesday, bringing a bit of the young and the funk to the second edition of the festival, which opens March 28 and runs through April 27. Jazz pianist and record producer Robert Glasper, Panamanian jazz artist Danilo Pérez and the Panama 500 Band, instrumentalist and composer DJ Dan Deacon, the...