Savion Glover is to tap dance what the Coen brothers are to movie making: innovative and contrary. His dancing style is hunkered-down and percussive, the rhythm tap favored by classic hoofers who honed their techniques in the streets. He looks down at his feet rather than out at the audience. While he doesn't float like a butterfly, his exuberant virtuosity stings like a bee. Or rather explodes in rhythmic fireworks that make him a great jazz musician who exposes tap dance as an acoustic instrument. A versatile experimentalist, he's also tapped to classical music and performed on Broadway, in films, and on Sesame Street. In 1996 he earned a Tony award for choreographing "Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk." Sunday he's filling Orchestra Hall with syncopated sounds from punk to Calypso to classic jazz, joined by fellow hoofers Marshall Davis Jr. and Maurice Chestnut.
Sun., Nov. 9, 7 p.m., 2008
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