Centennial Theatre and the Vancouver Tap Dance Society
Savion Glover – Bare Soundz

Dates and Venue 4 & 5 November 2010, 7:30pm | Centennial Theatre. North Vancouver

Performers Savion Glover, Marshal Davis Jr., Keitaro Hosokawa

Reviewer Melanie Ewan

Savion Glover, who began tapping when he was two years old, is an incredibly talented artist of sound and dance. This Tony Award Winner, and well known tap choreographer, has been described as the “greatest tap dancer ever”, and with a show like last night’s, I can believe it.

In Bare Soundz, Glover fuses movement with sound to create a masterpiece for the senses. I found myself mesmerized by the performance and transcended to a place where only sound exists, often forgetting that this rhythmic music was being created by the tapping feet of Glover and his dancers, comprised of Marshall Davis Jr., and Keitaro Hosokawa.

Glover has in the past likened tap dancing to drumming, and wanted to create a set wherein the audience could experience the music, or Bare Soundz, through the instrument of tap dance. For someone who grew up on the Broadway musical version of tap dancing, this experience was extremely exciting.

The style of dance could be considered rhythm tap, but the way in which it was executed was extremely technical and lively. The dancers not only were obviously talented, as their speed and accuracy were almost unbelievable, but they were also obviously dancing for the joy of dancing, which made watching them, an absolute delight. They smiled and laughed throughout the night, and Glover even sang a jazz song while tapping away at one point during the set.

If you are one of those people who loves dance for the sake of dance, and who loves music for the sake of music, this is a must see.

© 2010 Melanie Ewan