Monday, 18 April 2011
The rare BARE SOUNDZ of a tap dance master ***1/2
THEATRE: Stadsschouwburg, Utrecht
DATE: 16-4-2011 (Springdance Festival)
WITH, CHOREOGRAPHY: Savion Glover, Marshall Davis Jr, Keitaro Hosokawa
Wow! Savion Glover must be the greatest living tap dancer alive! Over the weekend he and his two talented dancers tapped their way into the hearts of a very select Dutch crowd – who were uncharacteristically whooping, hollering and clapping - at the Springdance Festival. If you missed "Bare Soundz", you missed one hell of a show and a true genius at the top of his game.
The Tony winning Glover (for Bring in ‘da Noise/Bring in ‘da Funk) - who has worked with the likes of Spike Lee, Barbra Streisand, Gregory Hines, Sammy Davis Jr. – is able to tap intricate rhythms with his feet with incredible virtuosity, variety and speed. From the front row I attempted to study his foot work, but often failed because of the amazing pace. Eventually I just gave up and watched, in awe and with a huge grin on my face, Glover slide, scratch, sing, be airborne and even balance on the point of his tap shoes like a ballet dancer.
During the show Glover frequently and generously gives the spotlight to his talented dancers. Otherwise - truth be told – I (and probably others too) would only be watching him all night. He’s got that special star quality that you can’t learn. The rhythms that he creates with his feet are absolutely mind blowing. They tap into the sounds of tribal African drums, racehorses and the concrete jungle. Glover even energetically stomps out Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal!
Savion Glover started out on Broadway as a 12-year-old in The Tap Dance Kid and has learned from the greats. Now he is passing on the art of tap dancing, with his own stylistic additions, to a whole new generation. When he dances a sense of pure joy washes over you and a carefree spirit takes hold. It is an amazing sight and sound to behold!