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SAVION GLOVER PERFORMS THE D.C. PREMIERE OF "SOLE SANCTUARY" ON JAN. 20 AT 7PM
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013 at 7 p.m.
FAIRFAX, Va., Dec. 4, 2012 – Dubbed “a peerless dynamo of rhythmic tap dance” by The New York Times, celebrated choreographer and tap dancer Savion Glover honors his art form with a Hoofer’s meditation on the art of tap. This nonpareil of the popular dance world brings the Washington, D.C. area premiere of his distinctive new production, “SoLe Sanctuary,” to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013 at 7 p.m. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III and is sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.
Featuring Glover with fellow tap dancer Marshall Davis Jr., “SoLe Sanctuary” honors such tap dance legends as Sammy Davis Jr., Jimmy Slyde and Glover’s own teacher and mentor, Gregory Hines. After its 2011 premiere at the Joyce Theatre in New York City, The New York Times described this reverent production 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 … at its core, this show is a deeper exploration of the idea of a dancer as an instrument.”
Savion Glover has dedicated his career to restoring African roots to the art of tap. Like many legends of tap dance, he first came to tap through drumming, which he discovered at a young age. He first captured the public’s attention by landing the leading role in the Broadway musical “The Tap Dance Kid,” followed by acclaimed performances in “Black and Blue,” “Jelly’s Last Jam” and “Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk,” which earned him the Tony Awards for Best Choreographer and Best Actor in a Musical. He also appeared in the films “Tap” with Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis Jr., “Bamboozled” by Spike Lee and the Academy Award-winning animated feature film, “Happy Feet,” which featured choreography by Glover. Glover is the founder of The HooFerzCLuB School for Tap in his hometown of Newark, N.J.
Tickets for SAVION GLOVER are $23, $38 and $46. Visit the box office (open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit cfa.gmu.edu. The Center for the Arts complex is located on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the Mason Pond Parking Deck adjacent the Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university Lot K. For more information, please visit cfa.gmu.edu. Like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/gmucfa and follow us on Twitter at @GMU_CFA.
About Great Performances at Mason
Great Performances at Mason is a program of George Mason University's Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). CVPA provides an academic environment in which the arts are explored as individual disciplines and interdisciplinary forms that strengthen one another. The college prepares students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders and arts entrepreneurs. Understanding that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the college, welcomes a variety of professional and world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Students have the opportunity to perform, create and exhibit their work in a wide variety of public venues including a 2,000-seat Concert Hall. CVPA is home to the Schools of Music, Dance and Art, the Department of Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.
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