Finding Another Voice
by Emily Klemmer
December, 2003 -- Joyce Theater/New York
Savion Glover takes the stage at the Joyce Theater in New York City joyously singing “The Way You Look Tonight.” Immediately, he makes a profound impression with his voice. With it, there is an unanticipated maturity , an artist moving beyond his generation. There is also the love and loss felt for Gregory Hines, who has been his most admired friend.
In Act I of Improvography , a combination of improvisation and choreography, Mr. Glover performs 50 minutes of compelling and eloquent full-length solos. Tireless, he offers a new kind of sophistication and brilliance. Partnering with musicians Tommy James, musical director and pianist, Patience Higgins on sax and flute, Andy Mcloud on bass, Brian Grice on drums, and James Zollar on trumpet, Mr. Glover combines intricate steps with smooth syncopated tones, hi-hat hits and bass drum booms.
In Act II, Glover and his ensemble Ti Dii (Alexandria Bradley, Marshall Davis Jr., Michelle Dorrance, Hannah Heller, Maya Smullen-Jenkins, Andrew Nemr, and Cartier Anthony Williams) fill the stage with fluid hip-rocking moves as well as speed and flash. Marshall Davis Jr. is exceptional in his use of Steve Condos’ rudiments and brings us a mesmerizing solo that echoes and builds to an enormous wall of sound.
With the women in his company, Glover partners cheek to cheek, and there is all at once romance, warmth, and yearning. It is these moments that tell a story.
Glover is a serious artist who has become refined in his determination and exacting in his efforts. As he moves into more interesting places as a dancer, one can almost see his emotional and spiritual evolvement. It is a pleasure to hear him sing, and it is a pleasure, too, that he is such a success.