Monday, June 5, 2017

Savion Glover To Inaugurate IGNITE at The Ford

Savion Glover
Photo by Lois Greenfield

Los Angeles, CA (June 2, 2017) – A live sound mosaic, Savion Glover in Concert, will be the inaugural attraction of the fully-transformed John Anson Ford Amphitheatre at the Ford Theatres on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 8pm.  

Glover’s rhythmic genius will be accompanied by the band Dance Candy, as well as his renowned dance ensemble featuring Marshall Davis, Jr., Robyn Watson, and Karissa Royster.  Through the interplay of song, melody and percussion, this acoustic virtuoso will present a dynamic and uplifting evening centered on a message of hope. 
The dance concert will also be the first attraction of the “IGNITE @ the FORD” series that brings to the Ford stage national and regional cultural collaborations with The Lincoln Center Festival and New York’s Apollo Theater, The Music Center, LA Opera, Skirball Cultural Center and Fountain Theatre.

The 2017 season also represents a significant milestone for the Ford Theatres, following the completion of a multi-phase restoration – the venue’s first major expansion in the history of the hillside cultural site – and new programming initiatives that will broaden the Ford’s offerings.

Savion Glover Tony Award-winning, tap dancer, choreographer and producer, is celebrating his 32nd year as a performing artist in show business. Broadway and film credits include The Tap Dance KidBlack & BlueJelly’s Last JamBring in ‘da Noise Bring in ‘da Funk, the movie Tap with Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis, Jr., Spike Lee’s Bamboozled, and the acclaimed Academy Award-winning 2006 Warner Brothers release of Happy Feet and Happy Feet 2, both choreographed by Savion Glover. Most recently recognized for his award-winning choreography in the acclaimed Broadway musical, Shuffle Along, Mr. Glover continues to focus on bringing attention to the art form of tap dance as an instrumental component as well as maintaining a highly entertaining visual. Mr. Glover has also enjoyed dancing on concert stages throughout the world with legendary jazz musicians such as Jack DeJohnette, Roy Haynes and McCoy Tyner. In his hometown of Newark, New Jersey, Savion Glover holds the honor of being on the board of directors at the NJPAC where he also serves as NJPAC’s Dance Ambassador. Also in his hometown of Newark, Mr. Glover established The HooFeRzCLuB School For Tap as well as Savion Glover Productions - a production entity highlighting the tradition of tap dancing and sound, that also serves as a team-based organization that seeks to provide quality production and project management services for tap dancers. Production credits for Savion Glover Productions include Classical Savion®Savion Glover’s Bare SoundzVisions of a BibleSavion Glover’s SOLO IN TiMESavion Glover’s SoLE SanctuaryInvitations to a DancerSavion Glover’s STePzSavion Glover and The Otherz, and assistant segment producer of Savion Glover’s Bare Soundz appearance on Dancing with the Stars. Savion Glover is thankful for and wishes to forever acknowledge Jimmy Slyde, Gregory Hines, Isaiah Lon Chaney, Buster Brown, Dianne Walker, Chuck Green, Sir Slyde, Ralph Brown, Ivery Dan, Henry LeTang, George Hillman and John Coltrane, some of the greatest entertaining Hooferz and musicians to date.

The New York Post states, “[Glover] can fill a tool with sound while barely moving or create intricate rhythms without breaking a sweat. You watch and wonder exactly how he does it.” The New York Times says Savion Glover has, “Magical, unstoppable feet…[his] strength doesn’t stop at his feel…it pumps through his body, lanky and tightly wound, radiating out like an electrical force.”

Glover will be joined onstage by Marshall Davis Jr., Robyn Watson and Karissa Royster.

About IGNITE @ the FORD

With the 2017 Summer Season, the Ford is launching “IGNITE @ the FORD!” a new 10-part series made possible by Supervisor Sheila Kuehl and curated by Ford Theatres Interim Executive Director Olga Garay-English, an arts leader with more than 30 years in the field. “IGNITE @ the FORD!” features thought-provoking world-renowned artists whose work is compelling and contemporary, including Grammy Award-winning Senegalese vocalist Youssou NDOUR performing songs from his most recent album Africa Rekk!; avant-garde Cuban music ensemble Síntesis; LA-based Latino/Chicano performance trio Culture Clash joined by legendary Latin R&B band Tierra and Chicana punk rocker Alice Bag, among other special guests; and the celebrated Flamenco dancer Jesús Carmona, with the West Coast premiere of his latest piece Impetus. The Ford has teamed up with a number of cultural collaborators for the series. The Music Center’s recently announced The Music Center On Location program for three consecutive nights in August will feature the West Coast premiere of Awáa by contemporary dance company Aszure Barton & Artists; an evening of contemporary dance by the innovative Jacob Jonas The Company paired with the experimental music of Juno award-winning composer and sound artist Tim Hecker and Kara-Lis Coverdale, a fiercely independent voice in new music; and a special performance by singer, songwriter and composer Rufus Wainwright. Presented in association with collaborator LA Opera will be the West Coast premiere of The Hubble Cantata, a space-inspired live experience that incorporates original music and libretto sung by internationally renowned opera stars Nathan Gunn and Jessica Rivera, members of the LA Opera Orchestra and LA Opera Chorus. Additional events in the “IGNITE” series include a celebration of Ella Fitzgerald’s 100th birthday presented with New York’s The Apollo Theater featuring Grammy Award-winner Patti Austin in tribute to the First Lady of Song and Yitzhak Rabin: Chronicle of an Assassination, presented with the Skirball Cultural Center, in association with The Lincoln Center Festival.

IGNITE @ the FORD! is made possible through the generous support of LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. Proceeds benefit the Ford Theatre Foundation.

About The Ford Theatres

At 1,200 seats, the Ford Theatres creates an intimate concert experience that is a favorite among Angelenos. Each summer, the Ford hosts a diverse roster of events representing music and dance styles reflective of the communities that comprise Los Angeles County. Ford summer season events are presented in partnership with Los Angeles County arts organizations and producers.  The 2017 summer season is complemented by the inaugural “IGNITE @ the FORD!” series. The Ford also presents a Saturday morning family series that is free for kids called Big World Fun and the free participatory arts series JAM Sessions. Located in a County regional park in the Hollywood Hills, the Ford is owned by the County of Los Angeles and operated in partnership with the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Ford Theatre Foundation.

Savion Glover in Concert,
 Ford Theatres, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd East,  Hollywood, CA 90068; Saturday, July 15, 2017, 8 p.m. Tickets start at $55.  Prices subject to change, http://www.fordtheatres.orgBox Office at 323.461.3673,
Onsite, stacked. $10 per vehicle for evening shows; $1 per vehicle for morning family shows, cash only. Carpool and save: three or more people per vehicle pay only $5 for parking for evening shows. A FREE shuttle to the Ford services the Universal City/Studio City Metro Station lot at Lankershim Blvd. and Campo de Cahuenga (excluding Big World Fun and JAM Sessions). The Ford shuttle stops in the “kiss and ride” area and cycles every 20 minutes. For non-stacked off-site parking, a FREE shuttle services the parking structure located at 3330 Cahuenga Blvd. West, Los Angeles, CA 90068 (new); parking costs $12, cash only.

Dress warmly for outdoor seating. The Ford is disabled accessible. Portable wireless listening devices are available upon request. The Ford Theatres is a smoke free facility.

A complete season schedule, directions to the theatre and parking information can be found at

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