Tap dance sensation Savion Glover comes to WCU

Jan 09, 2013
Courtesy of: WCU Savion Glover will perform his tribute to the history and art of tap Thursday, Jan. 24, in the Bardo Arts Center at Western Carolina University.

CULLOWHEE — Tony Award-winning choreographer and dancer Savion Glover will open the second half of the 2012-13 Arts and Cultural Events Performance Series at Western Carolina University with a tribute to the history and art of tap Thursday, Jan. 24.

Glover will present his show “SoLe Sanctuary” at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center beginning at 7:30 p.m.

A performer since childhood, Glover has developed a dance style he calls “free-style hard-core.” His choreography for the 1996 Broadway musical “Bring in ’da Noise, Bring in ’da Funk” earned him a Tony for best choreographer.

His numerous credits also include the Broadway shows “The Tap Dance Kid,” “Black and Blue” and “Jelly’s Last Jam” and the films “Tap” with Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis Jr., “Bamboozled” by Spike Lee and “Happy Feet,” an Academy Award-winner choreographed by Glover.

Glover’s show displays his reverence for the art of tap and the craft he has mastered, with his performance described in The New York Times as “barebones and pure, full of the kind of rhythmic innovation that trips down one path, splinters off in different directions and then sweeps back home.”

Tickets for his WCU performance are $10 for students and $15 for all others.

Advance purchase of tickets for “SoLe Sanctuary” is strongly encouraged as the show is expected to sell out, said Lori Davis, coordinator of the ACE series. Tickets will be available at the Bardo Center box office, 227-2479 or visit bardoartscenter.wcu.edu.

Presented annually, the ACE series is meant to appeal to a wide audience and to bring high-quality, entertaining, thought-provoking arts and cultural events to the WCU campus. Next up in the ACE series is Inflame, a world music fusion band combining music from the cultures and genres of Indian and flamenco, on March 12.

For more information about the ACE series, contact Davis at 227-3622 or visit ace.wcu.edu.