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SAVION GLOVERJoyce Theatre, 175 Eighth Ave., between 18th and 19th streets; (212) 242-0800. Season runs through Jan. 15.

SAVION Glover - tapdancer extraordinaire - has nowadays become a regular occupant of the Joyce Theatre. His latest offering, "Visions of a Bible," opened there Tuesday night and is scheduled for an unprecedented four weeks.

The 32-year-old Glover is as much a jazz musician as a jazz dancer - indeed, with his dazzling percussive tap (eons away from dear ol' Fred Astaire), he's one of the very few dancers who could be appreciated almost as much on a CD as on a DVD.

In contrast with last year's "Classical Savion," this new "Visions of a Bible" is tauter, sharper, more focused and definitely shorter, at almost half the length.

His dancing, with that joyful stamping and those contrapuntal, flickering tattoos - sometimes suggesting Spanish flamenco in its subtle variety, yet never departing from its jazz-impregnated roots - has grown in power and authority, with a showmanship and sophistication that reminds one of his mentor, the late Gregory Hines.

"Visions of a Bible" is a musical journey from spirituals to Glover's special brand of hip-hop.

There is musically and choreographically a joyous noise here.

Not bad for a solitary tap-dancer on a bare floor creating hypnotic patterns of sound and movement, fury and peace.

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