Mr. Glover Hits Again

By Goldberg, Jane | Dance Magazine, May 2004 | Go to article overview

Mr. Glover Hits Again


Goldberg, Jane, Dance Magazine


It was fasten your seatbelt as Savion Glover took off flying on opening night of his three-week season at The Joyce Theater in New York. He used his voice as another musical instrument, and rather than trying to "sell" a song, laughed through the tunes. He even notated the rhythms of his music out loud, something all tap dancers do in their heads. He joked and quoted old hoofers, dead and alive. He trance-danced, staring into some far off space, and took us through four decades of style: swing, bop, cool, and hip hop. In the middle of every set, he would suddenly slow down the time, and become a lounge lizard crooning and shim shamming along a diagonal to "I've got the routine ... so put another nickel in the machine." It was really fun watching Savion having fun even as Niagara Falls flowed from his beard, reminding us of the exertion in making it look easy.

Glover gained showmanship skills each night of the run. …

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