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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ROME & JEWELS (2022)
Hailed as an Elizabethan masterpiece by critics, 'Rome & Jewels' is based on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet- reimagined in the streets of Philadelphia. Rome & Jewels broke ground nationally and internationally, winning 3 Bessie awards, a Shakespeare Theater Award and a nomination for United Kingdom's prestigious Lawrence Olivier award to name a few.
LOSING MY RELIGION (2023)
Based on the plight of humanity, 'Losing My Religion' is an abstract work inspired by Rennie Harris' personal journey and thoughts on the world at large. From war to social, economic and political injustices, our lives are forever caught in a loop of turmoil, grief and despair. Peeling back layers of what has come to be expected of street dance and Hip-hop culture, Losing My Religion is a culmination of past works such as what has become known as his tour de force solo Endangered Species and Lorenzo's Oil. This work will question humanity, its stance and its future. The visual landscape will incorporate a montage of video, slides and graphics by noted visual artist such as Tobin Rothlien and James Clotfelter, the preeminent lighting designer of his generation.
AMERICAN STREET DANCER (2024)
'American Street Dancer' honors street dancers and their contribution to the field of dance. Narrated by one of Philadelphia's premiere tappers Robert Burden American Street Dancer will unravel the history and aesthetic of some of the nation's noted street dancers. Focusing on the three cities Philadelphia, Chicago and Detroit, American Street Dancer will showcase current popular dance styles from these cities while featuring interviews of pioneers who’ve influenced social dance and popular street dance styles throughout the last 30 years. In addition, American Street Dancer features a live Hip-hop Street Orchestra: 3 Bucket Players, 2 Beat Boxers, 1 DJ. A show for all ages, this work marks the end of a trilogy. Legends Of Hip-hop, Rennie Harris Funkedified and now American Street Dancer.
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