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Savion Glover pays homage to the masters with ‘SoLe Sanctuary’

In his most recent production, “SoLe Sanctuary,” tapper Savion Glover credits direction and choreography to “Spirits known.” To Glover’s mind, these “spirits” are the great tap dancers, some deceased, some still dancing, who have carried the art form forward over the years — Jimmy Slyde, Lon Chaney, Gregory Hines, Sammy Davis Jr., Buster Brown, Dianne Walker, and Honey Coles, to name just a few. “SoLe Sanctuary,” which Celebrity Series of Boston and World Music/CRASHarts present Saturday at the Boston Opera House, is Glover’s homage to them, and it is part memorial, part celebration.

“Every production I do is a tribute to them who have paved the way, but this one speaks directly to that,” Glover, 39, says from his studio in New York. “It’s the first time I actually have their pictures onstage with a voice-over that speaks to their contributions. The show is basically my sanctuary, my place of prayer and honor to them, giving thanks to their existence and everything they’ve contributed to dance and the world. These are people I’ve been fortunate enough to spend time with, learn from, and love.”

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