Glover shines in 'Noise'
Savion Glover is back at the helm of his signature dance show, and he's even better this time around. By PAUL HODGINS for The Orange County Register
It's been more than five years since Savion Glover left his signature show, "Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk," in the middle of its phenomenal Broadway run. Since then, Glover's relationship to his creation has been clouded by a dispute over the collaboratively conceived work. A national touring version of "Noise/Funk" featuring Derick K. Grant from the Broadway production, which appeared at the Ahmanson Theatre in 1998, was dismissed recently by Glover as a "bootleg."
The disagreement about authorship and ownership was settled, apparently to Glover's satisfaction; the current national tour of "Noise/Funk," which opened Tuesday at the Ahmanson for a short run, features the tap-dance superstar back at the helm. Maybe I'm reading too much into peripheral things, but the behind-the-scenes dust-up may have inspired Glover as a performer: his dancing seems more comfortable now - there's an ease and spontaneity to his improvising (even a few slightly sloppy moments in group dancing) that implies there's less to prove with the material, and more to enjoy. click for more