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Rennie Harris Puremovement - American Street Dance Theater was formed in 1992 by Dr. Rennie Harris. His company is the first and longest-running touring hip hop dance troupe, with a focus on preserving and sharing street dance on stage that expresses universal themes that extend beyond racial, religious, and economic boundaries. Known for creating work that utilizes hip hop movement and also finds its voice in theater, Rennie Harris Puremovement - American Street Dance Theater pioneers a new genre while bringing hip hop culture to the proscenium stage. Recently named Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater`s first Artist in Residence, his latest work `Lazarus` has received critical acclaim for both its choreography and its music. The company`s latest touring programs which include `Rennie Harris LIFTED` and `Rennie Harris FUNKEDIFIED` excite audiences while highlighting and exploring current socio-economic issues in our country today.

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Rennie Harris FUNKEDIFIED `Rennie Harris FUNKEDIFIED` is a multi-media work that celebrates funk music and street dance of the 1970's and is set against the landscape video montage of African American communities of that era. This program features a live band and seminal locking group `The Hood Lockers` alongside the talented dancers of Rennie Harris Puremovement - American Street Dance Theater, and paints an eclectic, textural landscape of the funk era. Narrated by Rennie Harris, this powerful tribute brings audiences to their feet.
Full-Length Performance of "Rennie Harris FUNKEDIFIED"

Rennie Harris LIFTED `Rennie Harris LIFTED`, loosely based on the story of Oliver Twist, is an evening-length gospel house-work that tells the stories of a band of B-Boys featuring a live choir. Harris addresses the topics of morality, spirituality and community through his newest work. `Rennie Harris LIFTED` is based on the organic spiritual tapestry of House music and dance which is often referred to as going to `church.`
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Nuttin But a Word! `Nuttin But a Word` features a suite of dances that challenge the structural integrity of Campbell locking, house, hip-hop, and B-boying. Pushing the boundaries of street dance vocabulary, this acclaimed work forces the audience to view hip-hop through a different lens, altering what they think they know as hip-hop dance and culture. Projections including Rennie Harris' commentary on the different styles of hip-hop dance are interspersed between the sections of the dance.

Outreach Programs:

History of Hip Hop Rennie Harris Puremovement - American Street Dance Theater reaches beyond the stage with `History of Hip Hop`, an outreach initiative which educates young students on hip hop through lecture demonstrations and master classes.

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