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Foot in Glove...

   
 

Savion Glover @ the Joyce!

   

 

  

 

Flamenco and tap, two dance forms, one with ancient roots that go back to Spain and the Moorish invasion, the other distinctly modern and New World, come together in Savion Glover's marvelous new show, Solo In Time.  The idea of time linking two apparently disparate dance traditions is fascinating - old flamenco moves merge with a quintessentially American dance style - the idea of emphatic, audible footwork and lightning-quick passages linking the two across continents and ages.  Glover is one of the most talented dancers and choreographers of his generation and an exponent of the Hoofers style of tap where emphasis is placed on foot movements and the creation of a louder tap or sound.  While classic Hollywood presentations of tap by Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly highlighted balletic grace and technique, Glover emphasizes tap as sound, sound as dance.  The performer is both dancer and instrument, and sound becomes integral.   

Flamenco represents one of the cultural legacies of the La Convivencia (Spanish for co-existence), and is itself a glorious threading together of Gypsy, Moorish, Jewish and native Andalusian influences.  Glover's melding of the two forms contrasts mood and temperament - the light-hearted and upbeat nature of tap with the stormy and passionate flamenco.  New York - that most cosmopolitan of cities where traditions from all over the world interact on a daily basis - is the perfect stage for such an undertaking. 

Glover, who choreographed the Academy Award-winning animated film Happy Feet and the hugely successful theatrical presentation Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk will be accompanied by his tap band, Bare Soundz.

 

See:  Solo in Time, at the Joyce Theatre, through March 22.

 

 

       
 

 
       
     

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