Rennie Harris Puremovement: Lifted

Rennie Harris Puremovement: Lifted

Rennie Harris and his exhilarating Puremovement dance company – pioneers in a new genre of hip-hop/street dance – bring their latest, evening-length work, set to house and gospel music.

Harris’ Lifted features a live choir in addition to the stunning dancers of Puremovement. This highly theatrical, narrative work merges the spiritual vocals of gospel with the powerful rhythms of house music and dance to explore contemporary issues of morality and spirituality. Lifted follows the experiences of a troubled young black man (loosely inspired by Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist), who is ultimately surrounded and supported by his church and community.

“Rennie Harris is the most respected and, to my knowledge, the most brilliant hip-hop choreographer in America,” says The New Yorker. “He’s the Basquiat of the U.S. contemporary dance scene,” says The London Times. “Harris literally embodies the history of hip-hop dance.”

The presentation of Rennie Harris Puremovement was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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