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Savion Glover: All FuNKD’ Up e entrevista

Savion Glover

Savion Glover

Matéria do site WTOP traz matéria sobre as atuais atividades do mestre Savion Glover. Por Jason Fraley, em 20.02.2018:

The New York Times called him “the greatest tap dancer who has ever lived.”

This weekend, the inimitable Savion Glover brings his fancy footwork to Washington to kick off his national tour of “All FuNKD’ Up” at the National Theatre on Friday and Saturday nights.

“This is the first stop for this particular production of ‘All FuNKD’ Up,’” Glover told WTOP. “I have a special relationship and dedication to the D.C. area, specifically the dance community, so it was only right that we accepted the invitation from the theater. … I’m encouraging everybody to come on out and just enjoy themselves, enjoy the dance and the environment.”

He’ll be joined on stage by a six-piece band, a company of dancers and even a few surprises.

“My goal and continued effort toward awareness of tap dancing through these productions is just allowing people to enjoy tap dancing as they would enjoy a rock ‘n’ roll concert, gospel concert, jazz concert or what have you. It’s just on that vibe,” Glover said. “[In] ‘All FuNKD’ Up,’ I’m dealing with music that a more familiar audience wouldn’t anticipate me dancing to. It’s funky, it’s loose, it’s live, it’s high energy. I might have a couple special guests from friends.”

The show marks Glover’s return to D.C. after performing with Vanessa Williams in November at the Library of Congress’ Gershwin Prize for Tony Bennett held at DAR Constitution Hall.

“That was a really cool night,” Glover said. “I was happy to know that tap dancing would be included in such an esteemed evening. Aside from that, just being there to be able to honor Tony Bennett and his great contributions [to popular music], it was pleasurable.”

While Bennett was born in Queens, New York, in 1926, Glover was born in nearby Newark, New Jersey, decades later in 1973. Rather than pursue the baseball route like his grandfather, who played shortstop in the Negro Leagues, Glover found his way into tap dancing early on.

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Nesta última:

Savion Glover can’t quite explain why he loves tap dance. It’s too hard to separate the art from himself. “It is simply the voice,” he said. “Tap is everything, because it is my voice.”

Tap has given Glover countless opportunities to meet people who changed his life, to see amazing places, but also to express himself through dance.

(…) The list of who Glover thinks should come to his classes is long: doctors, lawyers, musicians, intellectuals, artists, hunters, rock stars, people who need to pray, people who need therapy, Catholics, Hindus, Buddhists and Atheists.

“Basically everyone should come,” he said.

People just need to come to the classroom ready to learn. A diverse class means they’ll learn from the instructors, but also each other, he said.

Glover also likes mixing up levels and abilities. Even those who are an expert at something can return to the basics and work on honing their skills.

“And those who have never even scratched the surface might be greater than they know,” he said. “I like to bring them together and watch them learn and share.”

Even Glover, one of the best tappers in the world, is still learning and evolving.

“I’m still trying to discover [tap],” he said. “My style is ‘tomorrow.’ I don’t know what my style is, because I’m still, after all these years, trying to figure it out.”

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