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Rick Berubé, Director of Marketing and Communications,
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 1, 2013
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College opens its 59th season with Savion Glover’s STePz
Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 8pm
Internationally acclaimed tap dance virtuoso Savion Glover returns to Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College to open their 2013-2014 season with a one-night-only engagement of his new show, Savion Glover’s STePz, on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 8pm. Tickets are $45/$36 (orchestra/mezzanine) and can be purchased by phone at 718-951-4500 (Tues-Sat, 1pm-6pm) or online at www.BrooklynCenterOnline.org
In Savion Glover’s STePz, Mr. Glover and his ensemble of dancers (TLHS) take tap dance to new heights while fusing traditional music selections of the past with his self-proclaimed tap style of the future. The production demonstrates Mr. Glover’s incredible ability to perform the complexities of jazz phrasing – both bass line and melody – as well as wild improvisations that incorporate both structure and deconstruction. Brooklyn Center’s season opener will give Brooklyn audiences the opportunity to experience the versatility and virtuosity of Savion Glover’s genius as a tap master.
Mr. Glover, who directed and choreographed the production, is joined on stage by Marshall Davis Jr. and 3CW (3 Controversial Women) comprised of Robyn Watson, Ayodele Casel, and Sarah Savelli.
About the show, Mr. Glover says, “The power of dance can stir emotions, and I hope audiences will leave this show feeling rejuvenated.”
For nearly three decades, Savion Glover has been amazing and enthralling global audiences with his inimitable tap style. Mr. Glover first performed on Broadway in 1985 at age 12, when he joined the cast of The Tap Dance Kid, and has since displayed his talents as a performer and choreographer for both stage and screen. At age 15, he became one of the youngest Best Actor (Musical) Tony nominees ever for his performance in Black and Blue. He received the 1996 Tony Award for Best Choreography for his work in Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk, a show that he starred in and co-created with George C. Wolfe. He also choreographed and performed the role of Mumble in the wildly popular animated feature film, Happy Feet.
Mr. Glover is the founder of the HooFeRzCLuB School for Tap in Newark, New Jersey. The school’s mission is to impart on its students the history and theory of tap dance, while opening the doors to new styles of personal artistic expression through tap. Mr. Glover’s dance ensemble for STePz will be comprised of students of HooFeRzCLuB. Gregory Hines, dance legend and former mentor to Mr. Glover, described Savion as “possibly the best tap dancer that ever lived.”
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About Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
Founded in 1954, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College presents outstanding performing arts and arts education programs, reflective of Brooklyn’s diverse communities, at affordable prices. Each season, Brooklyn Center welcomes over 65,000 people to the 2,400 seat Walt Whitman Theatre, including up to 45,000 schoolchildren from over 300 schools who attend their SchoolTime series, one of the largest arts-in-education programs in the borough. In 2014-2015, Brooklyn Center will celebrate its 60th anniversary season, which will correspond with the opening of the new Leonard and Claire Tow Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College.
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College’s presentation of Savion Glover’s STePz is made possible, in part, by Con Edison.
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts’ programs are supported, in part, by public funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Major support for the 2013-2014 season is provided by: Brooklyn College; Target; Con Edison; TD Bank; National Grid; Macy’s Foundation; Mertz Gilmore Foundation; TD Charitable Foundation; the Herman Goldman Foundation; and The Harkness Foundation for Dance. Additional support provided by CNG Publications and The Brooklyn Eagle. The Sheraton Brooklyn New York Hotel is the official hotel of Brooklyn Center’s 2013-2014 season. Backstage catering is graciously provided by Applebee’s.
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts gratefully acknowledges generous support from New York State Assemblywomen Rhoda Jacobs and Helene E. Weinstein; New York City Councilman Albert Vann and the Department of Youth & Community Development; New York City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn; and Commissioner of Cultural Affairs Kate Levin.