STORRS — Savion Glover grew up dancing with the greats and now, as he closes in on 40, he handsomely fills their tap shoes.
Glover will display his skills and reverence for the art of tap on Jorgensen’s stage Nov. 1 at 8 p.m. in SoLe Sanctuary: A Hoofer’s Meditation on the Art of Tap.
The Tony-winning hoofer, choreographer and producer with numerous stage and film credits figured large and rhythmic on Broadway in The Tap Dance Kid, Black and Blue, Jelly’s Last Jam, and Bring in ’Da Noise, Bring in ’Da Funk, for which he won a Tony for choreography. On film, he starred in Tap with Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis Jr., Bamboozled by Spike Lee, and Happy Feet, an Academy Award winner he choreographed and embodied for the animated Mumble the dancing penguin. Dancing With the Stars calls Glover “the greatest tap dancer in the world.”
Glover will be joined on stage by Marshall Davis Jr., who also danced on Broadway in Bring in ’Da Noise… and is a recipient of the Isaac Hayes “Breaking the Barrier” Award for his achievements at a young age.
Dressed in white tap shoes, his long dreads not wholly confined, Glover puts his craft on the altar of those who have gone before him. It’s pure grace in motion. Poster-size photos of dance legends decorate the set.
Glover pays dutiful homage to past influences, while making movement all his own. He credits the direction and choreography of SoLe Sanctuary to “Spirits Known.”
Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts is located at 2132 Hillside Road on the UConn campus in Storrs. Ticket prices are $37, $34 and $32, with some discounts, and $15 for youth 18 and under and non-UConn college students. For tickets and information, call the Box Office at 860.486.4226, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., or order online at jorgensen.uconn.edu. Convenient, free parking is available across the street in the North Garage.