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February 2, 2003 | Elaine Dutka
Savion Glover, 29, co-creator and star of "Bring In 'Da Noise, Bring In 'Da Funk," took his groundbreaking, percussive musical-historical revue to Broadway in 1996 and watched the show walk off with four Tony Awards. In the years since, he's started his own troupe, danced at the White House, choreographed award-winning Nike and Coke ads, starred in "Foot Notes," a one-man show-- and this year, brought back the "Noise." "Noise/Funk" is touring 35 cities and, for the first time, Glover is part of the road show in Los Angeles, at the Ahmanson Theatre through Feb. 15. You called the 1998 touring version of the show "a bootleg production" -- one with which you chose not associate.
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March 21, 2013
Catch the amazing tap dancer and choreographer Savion Glover in a special performance called "Sole Sanctuary. " Glover made his name thanks to the popular Broadway musical, "Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk. " Additional credits include the Broadway shows "The Tap Dance Kid" and "Black and Blue," and the Hollywood hit, "Happy Feet. " Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos. 8 p.m. Fri. Prices vary. (562) 916-8501; http://www.cerritoscenter.com .
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January 7, 1996 | Laurie Winer
We've watched him grow up onstage, from gangly adolescent to master choreographer and dancer. At 12, he was the Tap Dance Kid on Broadway. Just a few years later, he was performing with the legends--Bunny Briggs and Lon Chaney in "Black and Blue" on Broadway; Harold Nicholas and Sammy Davis Jr. in the movie "Tap." By 18, he was clearly the future of tap, dancing as fast, if not as smoothly, as reigning king Gregory Hines, playing the young Jelly Roll to Hines' grown-up Morton in "Jelly's Last Jam."
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September 20, 2012 | By Matt Cooper
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March 21, 2013
Catch the amazing tap dancer and choreographer Savion Glover in a special performance called "Sole Sanctuary. " Glover made his name thanks to the popular Broadway musical, "Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk. " Additional credits include the Broadway shows "The Tap Dance Kid" and "Black and Blue," and the Hollywood hit, "Happy Feet. " Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos. 8 p.m. Fri. Prices vary. (562) 916-8501; http://www.cerritoscenter.com .
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March 24, 2005 | Lewis Segal, Times Staff Writer
Genius in the theater is as rare as it is unmistakable -- and tap phenomenon Savion Glover lights the Kodak Theatre with it throughout his "Improvography" program, which opened Tuesday for a five-performance run.
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July 24, 2007 | Lewis Segal, Times Staff Writer
ON a Hollywood Bowl program of jazz-influenced music for dance, tap virtuoso Savion Glover set an awesome standard of perpetual motion Sunday, a stamina-testing bravura display that set him constantly aquiver from the top of his dreadlock pompadour down to the gleaming cleats on his lime-green tap shoes.
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March 28, 2000 | ANNE MIDGETTE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"There are people who take tap class, do a tap dance," says Savion Glover. "And then there are people who know the dance, who know why they take tap classes. Who know why they do 20 shuffles, or 50 shuffles, before they go on." Sitting in a chair at the side of a practice studio in Manhattan, he lifts his right foot and illustrates a shuffle as he talks. Tatut, tatut, tatut, say the metal taps, crisply.
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November 3, 2005
Savion Glover isn't the first tap virtuoso to explore classical music, but in "Classical Savion," he works with a 10-piece chamber orchestra to ornament the scores of Western culture's most revered Dead White Guys: Bach, Vivaldi, Mendelssohn, Bartok, etc. The New York Times caught his three-week, sold-out engagement last winter and judged it "a revelation for the eye and ear alike." Glover himself sees the project as an experiment in what he calls "becoming the music."
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January 2, 2003 | Lewis Segal
Savion Glover. (Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, Jan. 29-Feb. 9). Lots of things have changed since 1996, but Savion Glover is still the great, unchallenged tap virtuoso of our time, and his Tony Award-winning "Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk" is still the great, unchallenged tap musical about African American solidarity. So what hotter ticket could there be than seeing Glover return to his show and perform it for the first time on any local stage?
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November 6, 2011 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Wade Robson has directed music videos for the likes of 'N Sync and Britney Spears, hosted the 2003 MTV series "The Wade Robson Project" and has been a judge and choreographer on Fox's competition series "So You Think You Can Dance" since 2007. And now his choreography is for the birds — specifically adorable singing and dancing animated penguins. He's choreographed the opening number of "Happy Feet Two," the 3-D sequel to the 2006 Oscar-winning animated comedy, which opens Nov. 18. Robson used 15 dancers to perform the opening dance number that was shot by motion capture in Sydney, Australia, last year.
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July 24, 2007 | Lewis Segal, Times Staff Writer
ON a Hollywood Bowl program of jazz-influenced music for dance, tap virtuoso Savion Glover set an awesome standard of perpetual motion Sunday, a stamina-testing bravura display that set him constantly aquiver from the top of his dreadlock pompadour down to the gleaming cleats on his lime-green tap shoes.
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November 12, 2006 | Sheigh Crabtree, Special to The Times
IN what has to be one of the strangest requests he's ever gotten, Savion Glover was asked to attend penguin school ... and he did. The tale begins with "Happy Feet" director George Miller -- who melded digital animation and lovable animals in 1995's "Babe." Miller was convinced the only way to tell the story of Mumble, a plump seabird with a terrible singing voice but a gift for tap dance, was to cast the virtuoso hoofer.
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August 10, 2006 | Lewis Segal, Times Staff Writer
THE big news at the New World Flamenco Festival this year was the prospect of groundbreaking cross-cultural duets for tap phenomenon Savion Glover and flamenco diva Yaelisa, the festival's artistic director. Glover had already proved that his assaultive, supremely musical style could brilliantly embellish every idiom from progressive jazz to high Baroque, and Yaelisa had brought to the festival a constellation of innovative flamenco artists, dancing among them with distinction.
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November 10, 2005 | Lewis Segal, Times Staff Writer
AMERICAN culture is so hopelessly stratified and even splintered that it always seems a heroic attempt at building bridges when our finest choreographers reach beyond the music they are best known for using to add something different to their repertoires. When neoclassic titan George Balanchine worked with show tunes in "Who Cares?"
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November 3, 2005
Savion Glover isn't the first tap virtuoso to explore classical music, but in "Classical Savion," he works with a 10-piece chamber orchestra to ornament the scores of Western culture's most revered Dead White Guys: Bach, Vivaldi, Mendelssohn, Bartok, etc. The New York Times caught his three-week, sold-out engagement last winter and judged it "a revelation for the eye and ear alike." Glover himself sees the project as an experiment in what he calls "becoming the music."
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February 11, 2004 | Chris Pasles, Times Staff Writer
Tap phenomenon Savion Glover will honor jazz legend John Coltrane in an improvisational show, "If Trane Wuz Here," at Cinespace in Hollywood on Feb. 27 and 28. The production, to also feature poet Reg E. Gaines and saxophonist Matana Roberts, was first seen at the Knitting Factory in New York in July 2003. Though the Cinespace shows will be different, each is likely to include performances of "A Love Supreme" and "My Favorite Things," among other Coltrane standards.
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April 11, 1997 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Television as passive entertainment is often contrasted with the involving immediacy of live performance, but there are occasions when what's on the small screen makes an impact that transcends emotional remove. That's the case in tonight's USA Network special, "It Just Takes One," an unexpectedly strong mix of the arts and commentary exploring hate, featuring appearances by Savion Glover, Edward James Olmos, Malik Yoba, Dennis Franz and many others.
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March 24, 2005 | Lewis Segal, Times Staff Writer
Genius in the theater is as rare as it is unmistakable -- and tap phenomenon Savion Glover lights the Kodak Theatre with it throughout his "Improvography" program, which opened Tuesday for a five-performance run.
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March 21, 2005 | Lewis Segal, Times Staff Writer
When Savion Glover isn't redefining the art of tap-dancing, he slips the most famous feet in show business into size 12 1/2 Jordans or boots. Filling that footwear would be a tall order for anyone else, because nobody in millennial dance so dominates any style or idiom as definitively as Glover dominates tap. At 31, he's the acknowledged master -- the summation of tap's past, the torchbearer for its future -- with no real rivals on the horizon but plenty of imitators and proteges.
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