May 08

A Majestic “Migration”


Presented by Step Afrika!
Produced by 
ArtsEmerson
Choreographed by Jakari Sherman, Jackie Semela, Paul Woodruff
Percussionists: Artis Olds, Jakari Sherman, Andrew Vinson

May 3 through 6, 2018
Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre
219 Tremont Street, Boston, MA

Reviewed by Bishop C. Knight

“One of the most important functions of jazz has been to encourage a hope for freedom, for people living in situations of intolerance or struggle.”  –Herbie Hancock, jazz pianist and bandleader

(Boston, Massachusetts)  I could feel the crackling energy of the show, even before it started.  I could anticipate that it’d be a layered and textured theatrical experience that engaged the audience, even before dancers and musicians arrived on stage.  I am a person who is always listening to music. Likewise, I’m a patron who yearns for a show’s soundtrack to play both before and after the performance, as well as during its intermission.  The recording of African drum music, peppered with the rattling of gourds and the rhythmic clapping of hands, was vitalizing and encouraged a social atmosphere before the show began. Most patrons were out of seats, strolling around, greeting each other, standing in small circles having spirited conversations, smiling while sipping drinks; it was the pre-party I always wished for. Continue reading

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Dec 19

Savion Glover: SoLe Sanctuary, January 12, The Boston Opera House

Savion GloverPhoto: Lois Greenfield

Savion Glover
Photo: Lois Greenfield

 

Celebrity Series of Boston and
World Music/CRASHarts
Present

                               Savion Glover

SoLe Sanctuary

 

Saturday, January 12
Boston Opera House
539 Washington St, Boston, MA

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(Boston)  Celebrity Series of Boston and World Music/CRASHarts will present Savion Glover performing the Boston premiere of SoLe Sanctuary on Saturday, January 12, 8pm at The Boston Opera House,

In SoLe Sanctuary, Savion Glover’s reverence for the art of tap is put to the stage literally in the form of a living altar where he can pay his respects to the craft he has perfected.  Described by The New York Times 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.” Glover will be joined on stage in Boston by fellow tap star Marshall Davis Jr. Continue reading

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