Magazine article Dance Magazine

Curtain Up

Magazine article Dance Magazine

Curtain Up

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*&@%#!! I missed Savion Glover at The Joyce last fall! I heard about it later--from tap people, from ballet people, from modern dance people. They were excited because they felt they had witnessed Savion leaping forward as an artist. I heard about his beautifully paced improvisations and about how he opened up as a performer and really communicated with the audience. He was culling from all his years as a tapper--and his years as a protege of Gregory Hines. He was embracing the act of performing as a way to honor Hines.

This month we take an in-depth look at tap today with an exclusive interview with Glover by DANCE MAGAZINE's Karen Hildebrand, an overview of new directions in tap by Marda Kirn, and profiles of rising stars Jason Samuels Smith, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, and Roxane Butterfly.

Gregory Hines' tragic death has somehow inflused the tap community with new energy. It galvanized tap artists to recognize their past and honor their elders (which tappers are no slackers at anyway). Hines was more than a performer and artist: he was a devoted educator and mentor as well. For Savion, it must have felt like losing a beloved parent, and he says as much in our Q & A. Tap is a family. A family that allows you to experiment.

One organization whose very mission is experimentation--though in quite a different genre--is Movement Research located in downtown Manhattan. Experimentation is not a sturdy foundation to build an institution on. But Movement Research started twenty-five years ago and is still going strong. …

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