Savion Glover, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Pilobolus coming to Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

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GREAT BARRINGTON — The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center is bringing the musical collective Sweet Honey in the Rock, and tap dance superstar Savion Glover to its stage in August. The dance ensemble Pilobolus is due Feb. 8 and 9.

Sweet Honey in the Rock performs 8 p.m. Aug. 3; and Savion Glover at 7 p.m. Aug. 11.

"We're thrilled to announce these two joyful summer shows, and to be presenting these artists at the Mahaiwe for the very first time," says Mahaiwe executive director Beryl Jolly in a news release. "Sweet Honey in the Rock promises an uplifting and inspiring night of music, with their incredible voices resonating in our intimate space. One week later, the living legend Savion Glover will bring his ... tap dancing skills to our historic stage. We expect both nights to sell out, and each one to be distinctly unforgettable."

Sweet Honey in the Rock is an African American organization founded on the missions of empowerment, education, and entertainment. The group currently consists of Carol Maillard, Louise Robinson, Nitanju Bolade Casel, Aisha Kahlil, and featured musician Romeir Mendez on upright acoustic bass and electric bass.

Tony Award-winning tap dancer and choreographer Savion Glover will present a new show created in collaboration with the percussion group, OUT'KNiGHTz, which features Jalin Shiver on horn and Malachi J. Lewis on drums.

Glover made his Broadway debut at age 11 as "The Tap Dance Kid," and continued with "Black and Blue," "Jelly's Last Jam," and his award-winning "Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk," which garnered him a Tony Award for Best Choreography. In addition to his extensive Broadway career as a performer and choreographer, he has created many tap repertoires that tour worldwide.

Most recently, he was recognized for his award-winning choreography in the Broadway musical, "Shuffle Along," directed by George C. Wolfe. Glover currently serves as the 2018 Ambassador of Dance at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, as well as on its board of directors.

Pilobolus' engagement will kick off with a school-time field trip performance of "Pilobolus is a Fungus," 10 a.m., Feb. 8. In this interactive show for young audiences, participants take a journey through nature, perceiving the sounds, shapes, colors, and movements of birds, water, trees, and the company's namesake fungus, in new and unexpected ways. With the help of the Pilobolus dancers, audience members learn to express their deep connection to the world through movement and dance.

At 3 p.m. Feb. 9, Pilobolus will perform "Come To Your Senses." The company invites audience members to engage with childlike wonder in the miracle of the senses through both classic and brand new repertory that begins by examining human biology and ends by utilizing the senses in what they describe as a refreshing immersion in the biosphere.

Tickets for Pilobolus are on sale now. Tickets for Glover and Sweet Honey in the Rock go on sale to Mahaiwe members on Wednesday and to the general public on Friday.

Box office hours are noon to 4 Wednesday through Saturday, and three hours before show times.

Complete ticket and program information and reservations are available online at mahaiwe.org or by phone at 413-528-0100.






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