Savion Glover & The Ideal Ensemble
Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 8:00 PM at South Orange Performing Arts Center
In his latest stage concert, the Tony Award- winning, tap-dancing phenomenon applies his unique sense of musicality and his incredible stage presence to familiar compositions all the way from exploratory classics by John Coltrane to original movements by Savion Glover. While highlighting Tap as the leading instrument, Savion & The Ideal Ensemble will bring audiences an unavoidable celebratory experience through sound and abstract instrumentation.
Savion Glover made his Broadway debut at age 11 in The Tap Dance Kid (1985) before earning his first Tony nomination at age 15 for Black and Blue (1989). He worked with George Wolfe on Jelly’s Last Jam (1992) and Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk (1996), earning him a Tony Award for Best Choreography. Another Tony Award nomination followed in 2016 for Shuffle Along.
He conquered Hollywood when he appeared with Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis, Jr. in Tap, Spike Lee’s Bamboozled and the acclaimed Academy Award-winning 2006 Warner Brothers release of Happy Feet and Happy Feet 2, both choreographed by Savion Glover.
Savion Glover has also enjoyed dancing on concert stages throughout the world with legendary Jazz musicians such as Jack DeJohnette, Roy Haynes, and McCoy Tyner. In his hometown of Newark New Jersey, Savion Glover holds the honor of being on the Board of Directors at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center where he also serves as its Dance Ambassador.
Dance performances at SOPAC are supported in part by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.