The world’s greatest tap dancer, Savion Glover, makes his Australian debut as part of the Sydney Opera House’s Spring Dance – four weeks of artistry athleticism and grace from the world’s most exciting choreographers and dancers.
In Bare Soundz, the musical choreography is organized around successive trios. Perched on three resonant wooden platforms, three men engage in a six-footed game, Marshall L. Davis and Maurice Chestnut take up the same sequence in counterpoint or unison.
In his first ever visit to Australia, Bare Soundz is a rare opportunity for lovers of dance to see this master of tap perform. Savion Glover has redefined tap, taking it way beyond its old-fashioned image, adapting it to the rhythms of contemporary jazz and hip-hop. Watch the Bare Sounz trio engage in a six-footed game – tapping out a bass rhythm with one foot and then simultaneously overlaying complex riffs with the other.
Having started his professional career at the age of 12, alongside Sammy Davis Jr., Glover is regarded as one of the greatest revolutionaries of the genre, taking it way beyond its old-fashioned image, adapting it to the rhythms of contemporary jazz and hip-hop.
Glover lent his feet to the film Happy Feet.
Watch the interview with George Miller on working with Glover here .
31 AUG – 5 SEPT
Sydney Opera House
He has appeared on television and in films, participating in projects as diverse as P Diddy’s music videos, a film with Spike Lee, and regular appearances on Sesame Street. He also lent his feet to Mumble, the tap-dancing penguin in the Academy award winning film Happy Feet.
“HIS STAMINA WAS UNFLAGGING, HIS ENERGY UNQUENCHABLE AND HIS VIRTUOSITY UNBEATABLE… SEQUENCES RESEMBLED BURSTS OF FIRECRACKERS” THE NEW YORK TIMES
“GLOVER HEARS MUSIC THROUGH HIS FEET AND PLAYS WITH IT LIKE AN ANGEL.” THE GUARDIAN, UK