Tap dancer and choreographer Savion Glover, and tapper Marshall Davis, Jr., keep the beat with their feet. And they're bringing that beat to George Mason University's Center for the Arts on Sunday, January 20, at 7PM.
The show, titled "SoLe Sanctuary," is a hats off to past tap masters Sammy Davis, Jr., Jimmy Slyde, and Gregory Hines, among others.
Glover, whose mentor and teacher was Gregory Hines, uses his artistry to connect tap to its African roots, working from the principle of the dancer as musical instrument.
"SoLe Sanctuary" receives its Washington, DC, area premiere at GMU following its 2011 opening at the Joyce Theatre in New York City.
Glover, who came to tap through drumming, has received acclaim for his live performances in "Black and Blue," "Jelly's Last Jam" and "Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk'.
He is the recipient of Tony Awards as Best Choreographer and Best Actor in a Musical for "Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk'.
His motion picture credits include, "Tap" with mentor Gregory Hines, and Sammy Davis, Jr., "Bamboozled", directed by Spike Lee, and the Academy Award-winning animation feature film, "Happy Feet," with Glover's choreography.
Glover is the founder of The HooFerzCluB School for Tap in his hometown of Newark, N.J.
In 1991, collaborator Marshall Davis, Jr., was awarded the Star Search Teen Dance Champion award and performed with Glover in "Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk'. He is the recipient of the Isaac Hayes Breaking the Barrier award in recognition for achievements as a young dancer.
"SoLe Sanctuary" offers audiences a hoofer's meditation on the art of rhythmic tap dance.
A pre-performance discussion, free for ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to curtain, and is sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.
For tickets and information, contact http://cfa.gmu.edu/ or call 888 945-2468