Magazine article Dance Magazine

Footnotes: The Concert

Magazine article Dance Magazine

Footnotes: The Concert

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FOOTNOTES: THE CONCERT CALIFORNIA CENTER ESCONDIDO, CALIFORNIA APRIL 21-22, 2000

Savion Glover had the audience as riled up as rock `n' roll fans at the Escondido performance of FootNotes. Whoops, yells and claps exploded when Glover leapt onstage, dreadlocks flying and feet drumming the boards into rousing staccato rhythms.

A slick, Broadway-style show with high-tech sound effects, multi-level stage, costumes by Armani Exchange and red-hot musicians whose sound ranged from funk to jazz and blues, FootNotes was conceived, directed, choreographed and performed by Glover. What kept the show from becoming all glitz and flash were its studied technique rooted in several tap styles and its emotional integrity, while Glover's star presence sustained the energy through a lengthy program with only one intermission.

Glover's "soul" is in his dancing and his feelings are embodied in the choreography, creating convoluted conversations that draw the audience deep into the experience; emotions spill out at every movement riff and slide. Every rhythmic shift changed the mood. From a gentle tip-tap like the murmuring patter of spring rain to thunder-crack jumps and the smart-aleck snap-slap-pop of a firecracker, Glover's feet tossed like tassels, and the sounds alternately soothed and then sparked the senses.

The concert's sections flowed into each other like the hues of a sunset: In fiery orange, Glover was all over the stage as if its space couldn't contain him, dancing fifty-five minutes straight with superb control of his flying feet and the laid-back air of a San Diego suffer. …

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