Savion Glover's SoLo iN TiME Set for WHBPAC Tonight
Jill Newman Productions presents Savion Glover's SoLo iN TiME at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center tonight, August 29 at 8:00 p.m. Starring internationally renowned tap dancer and choreographer Savion Glover & The SaiNtz, the performance is produced by The HooFeRzCLuB with improvography by Gregory Hines and Jimmy Slyde. Tickets are $65, $80, $95 and are available online at www.whbpac.org.
Savion Glover's SoLo iN TiME is a continuation of the HooFeRzCLuB tradition of interpreting music through tap dancing's percussiveness - using tap as sound, and sound as dance. Accompanied by Bare Soundz company member Marshall Davis Jr., live flamenco vibes, and his own acclaimed Hooferz style, Mr. Glover and company explore the percussive medley of flamenco through the relationship between flamenco music and tap dancing as song.
Glover recently performed on Dancing with the Stars and was introduced as "the greatest tap dancer in the world." At the ripe old age of 12, he made his Broadway debut in the musical, The Tap Dance Kid, starting as an understudy before assuming the lead role in 1984. He returned to Broadway in 1989, performing in the musical revue Black and Blue, and became the youngest person ever to be nominated for a Tony Award. A role in the motion picture Tap, starring Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis, Jr., soon followed. He also portrayed the young Jelly Roll Morton in the musical Jelly's Last Jam, a role for which he made history as the youngest ever recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant.
Glover eventually developed his own style, which he calls "free-form hard core." This unique pounding technique, often called "hitting," inspired a renewed interest in dance, particularly among younger audiences.
Glover came to prominence when he choreographed and starred in the Broadway musical, Bring in 'da Noise/Bring in 'da Funk, earning a Tony Award for his choreography. The show captured the attention of a national audience and inspired a new generation of hard-hitting young dancers.
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 Warner Bros. film, Happy Feet, a film which he also served as co-choreographer for. His 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.